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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.

Barry McCannHaving graduated from NUI Galway in 2003 with an honours degree in Commerce, Barry gained extensive commercial and fundraising experience within the sports, not-for-profit and healthcare sectors. He upskilled throughout his working career with certified diplomas in online marketing and project management. Following 8 years as fundraising manager for regional charities, Barry held a senior management role on the commercial team of the 2016 PRO12 champions Connacht Rugby. Building strong, genuine relationships was key to Barry’s success in growing commercial partnerships and developing new income streams. Now he aims to transfer these skills to the BioInnovate Fellowship. Barry is passionate about health technology and has a flair for problem solving. He is excited to be taking part in BioInnovate and hopes to marry his commercial experience with the skills of the multi-disciplinary team to truly embrace the biodesign process and emerge with a patient-centred, value-added solution that can make a difference to global healthcare. In his spare time, Barry enjoys long distance swimming, running and being entertained by his two young children.

Yuqi ShaughnessyYuqi has over 7 years R&D experience in experiment design, modelling, chemical synthesis, characterisation and rapid prototyping. Yuqi qualified as a Biomaterial Scientist from University of Limerick, specialising in bone repair and bone implant, nanotechnology and microscopy. She disseminated over fifteen publications including journal papers and national and international conference papers and presentations. She was also a member of a leading physics group in Ireland – Modelling, Stimulation and Innovative Characterisation (MOSAIC) and carried out research work for BioElectricSurface FP7 with €1m investment from European Commission. Yuqi previously completed her MSc in Biomedical Science from NUI Galway where she accumulated solid knowledge in cardiology, tissue engineering and bone disease and treatments. Yuqi also worked as a Design Engineer in a world leading medical device company- Creganna Medical (TE) and previous R&D Engineer in other multinational companies. She has obtained extensive experience in minimally invasive devices from concept design phase to manufacturing, project management and customer relationship. In addition, Yuqi received a Diploma in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations from Institute of Commercial Management, UK and a Diploma in International Trade and e-Commerce from Institute of International Trade of Ireland. With good understanding of the Chinese Market, Yuqi was appointed as a VEC tutor for [Business Trading with China] course. Yuqi also has strong interests in Veterinary and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Yuqi is passionate about transferring her knowledge to commercialisation through the Bioinnovate Programme. In her spare time Yuqi likes music, swimming, skating and hiking.

Brendan StauntonBrendan is a graduate of the BSc in Neuroscience from University College Dublin and is currently completing his executive MBA from the UCD Michael Smurfit Business School. For the past number of years he has worked as a Clinical Specialist for Fannin Healthcare. During his time at Fannin, Brendan specialised in the areas of Radiology and Oncology and worked closely with patients and hospital staff to provide the best possible clinical outcomes. Prior to this, Brendan was a European Product Manager for IonOptix, an American life sciences company. IonOptix are market leaders in the field of Cardiomyocyte imaging systems and he was responsible for new business development and expansion into the European market. Brendan has always been interested in the crossover between technology and science and is excited to have the opportunity to complete the BioInnovate Fellowship programme. He hopes to combine his science background and commercial experience to develop new novel solutions for currently unmet clinical needs. In his spare time Brendan enjoys Gaelic football, rugby and surfing.

John GaffneyJohn Gaffney was most recently Asst. Plant Manager with Hollister Healthcare, Continence Care Plant. John has extensive experience in leadership and people management in large multi-site plant operations incorporating R&D, global supply chain and shared services on-site. John’s career has predominantly supported growth strategies, compliance, restructuring and operational excellence. He has held senior positions in site leadership, operations management and quality assurance in medical device and supply chain / outsourcing over the past 25 years, notably Site Director with RR Donnelly Global Turnkey Solutions, Value Stream Manager for De Puy Johnson and Johnson and European Quality Manager with Oasis Europe. John is driven and passionate regarding innovation and operational excellence. John is a certified lean sigma Black Belt and has worked in advanced lean environments including a Shingo prize winning site. John has extensive design experience in both medical devices and automation. John’s career has focused on usability and design for manufacture and has supported product and process development and manufacture of class 2 and 3 medical devices. John holds qualifications in manufacturing engineering, quality assurance, innovation and technology management and lean supply chains.

Tim JonesTim has a BEng in Materials Engineering from Loughborough University and a BSc in Medical Device Innovation from DIT. Having cut his teeth in product design development as managing director of a start up in the UK, taking a product from initial sketch to commercialisation, he has spent the last 5 years working in Research and Development in Medtronic Cardiovascular in Galway. During this time, Tim has worked on a number of early phase development projects across structural heart, coronary and cardiac rhythm disease management. Working with cross functional and cross site teams he understands the complexities of the team dynamic and stakeholder management. He has been involved in new technology, cost saving and commercial products. Working on cutting edge micromould technologies for prototyping designs he has an eye for detail and understands the impact of the quality and complexity of manufacturing technologies within the medtech space. With a keen interest in additive technologies and the impact they have on the speed of product development, Tim continues to look for ways to efficiently accelerate the product development cycle. Having first looked at the BioInnovate program in 2012 Tim is excited to start working with a multidisciplinary team to learn from others and create something to benefit the medical industry. Outside of his professional life Tim has been heavily involved in the promotion of STEM in the west of Ireland over the past number of years and has led up a number of activities within schools and exhibitions in Galway County. He’s a keen football and squash player and freedives to unwind.

Richard ModleyRichard graduated from Birmingham University Medical School in 2006 with a Medical Degree and BSc in Behavioural Science. After his years as a junior doctor on medical and surgical wards, he has since worked as a psychiatrist in a broad range of mental health specialties. These include general adult, child and adolescent, older persons, rehabilitation, home treatment and eating disorders psychiatry. He also has experience with different disciplines of psychological therapies. He is a CAD and 3D printing enthusiast, having learnt these skills to design, prototype and bring one of his own product inventions to market. He looks forward to combining his passions of innovation, medicine, design, technology and business as a 2017/2018 BioInnovate Fellow. He is very excited about living in Galway. Richard’s other interests include film & cinema, philosophy, anything technology related, good coffee and socialising with friends.

Michelle TierneyMichelle is focused on applying her expertise to help identify and develop an exceptional and effective clinical solution that positively affects the health needs and well-being of patients. After graduating from Athlone Institute of Technology in 2008 with a BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Michelle went on to complete an MSc in Pharmacognosy at University College London. She subsequently undertook a research opportunity with the Irish NutraMara Marine Functional Food Research Initiative. Her research investigated key problems relevant to the extraction and application of seaweed-derived compounds for nutraceuticals. Michelle published numerous peer-reviewed articles based on her research and graduated from Bangor University with a PhD in Chemistry. Michelle made the move from academia to industry in 2013 by taking up the role of Pharmacologist at ICON, one of the top clinical research organisations globally. She has contributed to the enhancement of digital solutions used by pharmaceutical/biotechnology clients, and clinical trial investigators and participants. During her time at ICON Michelle contributed to various stages of product development, such as competitor analysis, strategy formation, user-centred design and operational considerations of product implementation. In 2017 Michelle completed a Specialist Diploma in Medical Device Science with NUIG and she is looking forward to building on that positive experience by taking part in the Bioinnovate programme. Michelle is eager to observe, first-hand, the clinical issues of today, and to work as part of a team to develop a solution that eases the burden on healthcare professionals while also improving the patient experience.

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