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David ClarkeDavid has over 10 years’ experience driving the commercialisation of medical devices in Ireland. A BSc graduate of Maynooth University, David has focused on market strategy and delivering sales growth in various therapy areas with Medtronic Ireland Limited. Joining the world’s largest medical device manufacturer in 2007 as market development specialist for the company’s cardiac rhythm management division, David transitioned to cardiac & vascular group marketing manager for Ireland. In this role, he initiated cross business strategies and individual programmes which allowed for the funding and commercialisation of new technologies, most recently Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implant (TAVI) technology. For the past two years David has been dedicated to driving the Structural Heart business for Medtronic. He has developed a business model that incorporates significant clinical input, interaction with HSE and private insurers, physicians and staff across the clinical cardiovascular spectrum. Throughout his career David has built a network of commercial, R&D and manufacturing contacts and a broader network of physicians throughout Ireland and the UK. Prior to his time at Medtronic, David spent seven years at German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim cardiovascular and neurology divisions in a commercial role. David holds an ACCA diploma in Financial Management (DipFM) and an ICM diploma in Marketing Advertising and PR. Having spent the last number of years working on the post CE mark commercial side of the business, David is looking forward to the challenges ahead of taking an idea from the point of conception to a viable product option and into commercialisation. In his spare time David enjoys keeping fit, yoga and getting out with friends and family.

Dylan CreaneDylan is a medical doctor with a background in software engineering and over 10 years of experience in the IT sector. Prior to studying medicine, he obtained a BSc in Computing and worked on a wide range of projects across web and mobile development, user interface design, graphics, and data modelling. He developed a particular interest in the interface between technology and healthcare, which ultimately led him to return to University to study medicine. He obtained his medical degree from UCD in 2015. He has since worked across a number of medical and surgical areas, most recently as part of the cardiology team at UPMC Beacon Hospital, Dublin. He is passionate about the enormous potential of technology to assist in solving clinical problems, particularly with regard to human-computer interaction in clinical and diagnostic systems. He believes that BioInnovate offers a unique opportunity to combine his expertise, and he is excited to be a part of it. In his spare time he enjoys graphic design, photography, and is a keen electronic music producer.

Stuart DeaneStuart graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2014 having completed a Masters in Bioengineering, Specialising in Medical Device Design. His thesis focused on the market and technical feasibility of a bioengineered decellularised xenograft for mitral valve replacement. Stuart completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. Within his role in Arrotek Medical as a Design Engineer he has worked on the early stage development of several medical devices including Class IIA urinary catheters and a Class III transcatheter mitral valve repair device. Stuart took the lead engineering role in this development that involved several animal trials and working directly with surgeons to improve and test a co-dependent suite of devices. Much of this work was focused on concept development, rapid prototyping and Design for Manufacture, translating user needs into design inputs. The project partners ranged from large multinationals to fledgling start-ups. He continues to consult with them securing IP developed during that time. Stuart has also been involved in late stage medical device development dealing with an Oesophageal Cancer treatment Catheter. This involved the creation of regulatory submission and manufacturing documentation. More recently Stuart has worked with Lake Region Medical Galway as an R&D Project Engineer. LRMG specialise in the development of innovative guidewire technology alongside many leading medical device companies such as Abbot, Boston Scientific and Medtronic. Stuart is looking forward to using his strong design background to develop clinical needs into concepts, prototypes and finished devices. In his spare time Stuart enjoys climbing, yoga and woodworking.

Miriam SavageMiriam graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Limerick in 2009 and joined a financial software consultancy firm where she was placed on assignments in New York and London. After holding roles as a Software Developer and System Analyst, Miriam decided to pursue a new career path and returned to NUIG to obtain a master’s degree in Biomedical Science. Since then, she has been working in the medical device field focussing on the design and development of software controlled, integrated medical devices. Having been exposed to all stages of the medical device lifecycle, she has developed strong skills in research and development, systems engineering, project management and design for manufacture. Given her unique viewpoint, Miriam is keen to develop new, innovative solutions in the healthcare and medical device industry. In her free time, Miriam enjoys reading, running, travelling and socialising.

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