Finbar Dolan was most recently Managing Director of Arc Devices Ireland and was previously Director of Operations for Lake Region Medical and has held senior executive positions in Product Development, Research and Development, Engineering and Operations Management in the Medical Device and Chemical Industries over the past 20 years, notably with Lake Region Medical, Medtronic, CR Bard and the Dow Chemical Company. Finbar has a proven track record in product and technology R&D and delivering enhanced people and organizational development strategies to support R&D, Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement and was part of Lake Region Medical's Senior Management Team which was the first medical device company to receive a Shingo Award for operational excellence in Europe. He is a former Director of the Irish Research and Development Group, a former Chair of the Irish Medical Device Industry Association’s R&D group and the Technology Commercialization subgroup of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland. Finbar is also a past Chair of Engineers Ireland’s West Region Division and its Biomedical Division. He has also served on the Engineers Ireland’s Executive and Council. A Chartered Engineer, Finbar holds degrees from Athlone Institute of Technology (BSc), Trinity College Dublin (PhD), and the National University of Ireland, Galway (MBA) complimenting his strong background in materials science, manufacturing engineering research and operations within the biomedical device industry
In 2003, Paula graduated from Trinity College Dublin as an Occupational Therapist. She presents with 13 years of varied clinical experience in both the public sector & private practice. As a Senior Occupational Therapist, she has worked in a variety of settings; hospital, community & educational. Paediatrics has been predominantly her area of expertise & she has played a pivotal role in developing paediatric services in Galway. Paula has gained extensive postgraduate qualifications in Sensory Integration, Postural Management, Assistive Technology, Autism and Movement disorders (DCD & Cerebral Palsy). In addition to her clinical experience, Paula assumed the role of Acting Paediatric Occupational Therapy Manager for HSE-W Community Paediatric Services in Galway. Paula has experienced a diverse range of international healthcare systems through her clinical work & post graduate training & successfully secured sponsorship to work in Australia to develop rural and outreach paediatric services. She lectures & provides training workshops on various topics to universities to the faculties of medicine, allied health & education. Paula is excited to work in an environment that fosters innovation, joining a diverse expert team & having the opportunity to potentially design future medical device technologies. In her free time, Paula enjoys keeping fit and active and travelling.
Ana is a Medical Doctor, trained in one of the top ranked medical schools in Latin America (Unifesp - Paulista School of Medicine, Sao Paulo, Brazil), who specialises in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Ultrasonography in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She has several years of clinical experience as a consultant physician along with a strong academic background, both in medical education and research. Ana has extensive experience of both the Brazilian private and public health systems (working in some of the leading hospitals and clinics in the country) and also the military (she is a First Lieutenant Military Police Medical Officer - Reserve), where she chaired the High Risk Pregnancy Service of Sao Paulo’s Military Police Hospital. She has tutored all levels of medical students and residents and is also a published academic author. Her most significant research was carried out with the First Trimester Screening Group at Unifesp, of which she is one of the founding members. Throughout her career her focus has been on using high-level technology and complex procedures to provide state-of-the-art medical care in an array of settings, as well as developing new techniques while training some of the best professionals in the area. Ana moved to Ireland in 2015 and started a deep dive in Digital Healthcare. In her spare time she loves quizzes, films, cooking and traveling the world.
John has over 8 years of experience in the product and process development of Medical devices. Having graduated with a bachelor's degree in Mechatronic Engineering from Napier University Edinburgh, John spent a short period with Intel before moving to Advant Medical to pursue a career in the Medical device sector. During his time with Advant Medical, John has worked in the design and development of automated equipment for medical device assembly. He was also responsible for several technology transfers to Low Cost Countries. He worked on the product and process development of Class 1, 2 and 3 medical devices for both Multinational and Startup customers, progressing projects right the way through to commercialisation. In December 2015, John completed a specialist diploma in the Design for Medical Technologies at University of Limerick. With both a personal and professional interest in medical innovation, John feels that a user experience design approach, practiced during his time at University of Limerick will be fundamental in developing long lasting clinical solutions. John is looking forward to embracing the challenge of the Biodesign process, where he can be part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team to identify and truly understand the clinical problem in order to reach a lasting solution. To do this, John will use a combination of skills, experience, integrity and principled entrepreneurship to bring value to his co-workers, customers and patients. In his spare time John enjoys cycling, weight training and catching up with family and friends.
Andrew is an engineer and an academic, with a strong background in research commercialisation. During his undergraduate degree he double majored in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Queensland. After graduating with First Class Honours, he then received an Australian Postgraduate Award and went on to complete a PhD in Tissue Engineering at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. Whilst in the final stages of his PhD, Andrew received a Commercialisation Training Scheme Grant that enabled him to complete a Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation. This provided the opportunity to work as a commercialisation analyst intern for one of Australia’s largest technology transfer companies, UniQuest, while also equipping him with a broad understanding of various elements of technology innovation. Upon completing his PhD, Andrew was offered a postdoctoral role in the Tissue Engineering Research Group in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), which is one of the largest regenerative medicine research groups in Ireland and has a strong focus on translational research. As a research fellow within RCSI, Andrew was primarily responsible for driving the technical and commercial development of a thin-film, collagen-based material for corneal regeneration. Under the supervision of Prof. Fergal O’Brien, Andrew ensured the progression of the technology from early conceptual stages, through to the development of a prototype material that has undergone preclinical in vivo testing and is continuing to progress on the path towards commercialisation and clinical implementation. In his spare time, Andrew likes knitting and cooking on the barbeque.
Sinéad is very driven and passionate about discovering unique and sustainable solutions to address some of the biggest needs in healthcare. She studied mechanical engineering in University College Dublin, where she later graduated with a Masters of Biomedical Engineering. During her degree she worked as an intern with Vasorum and also studied medical sciences at RCSI. Since then, she has held multiple positions within Stryker Instruments across their R&D facilities in Co. Cork and the United States. Her experience includes working on research, new product development, and manufacturing, with specific focus on design thinking and procedural innovation. Sinéad has worked on the launch of multiple products focused on cutting technologies for orthopaedic and neuro applications. In her spare time, Sinéad likes to stay active with swimming, cycling and yoga and also loves to travel.
Siobhán has over 15 years commercial experience in leading multinational companies including ICON Plc, Novartis, Wyeth and MSD, operating at both national and regional levels. She has extensive experience in strategy development, brand leadership and people management during periods of transformational change such as mergers and organisational restructuring. She commenced her career in clinical research when she joined ICON Plc in Sydney and upon returning to Dublin she was responsible for completing feasibility analysis and developing proposals for global clinical trials in multiple therapeutic areas. Most recently, as Sales & Marketing Lead in MSD, Siobhán established a new business unit for the fertility franchise across the Nordics, Baltics, UK & Ireland. In tandem, she returned to academia to complete an MSc in health policy & health services management in Trinity College Dublin. Her dissertation focused on the partnership between the health, academic and enterprise sectors in healthcare innovation. Siobhán graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with a BSc in pharmacology and subsequently completed an MSc and PhD in cell biology and cardiovascular pharmacology respectively. In addition, she has completed postgraduate studies in food innovation and entrepreneurship in Galway Mayo Institute for Technology and Public Relations in the Public Relations Institute of Ireland. Siobhán is passionate about health and wellbeing and the ability of food, medicine and technological innovation to save and improve the lives of patients and their families. In her spare time, Siobhán enjoys travelling, music gigs, food and interior design, especially mid century furniture.
Having graduated from University College Dublin with an honours degree in Commerce, Alice completed a Masters degree in ECommerce in Bentley University in Boston. Over the following 10 years she has worked in a number of positions in the financial services sector including fund management, product development, compliance and investment for both the retail and private banking market. Always passionate about great, innovative, functional design, Alice has trained as a tailor, milliner and a goldsmith and is registered with the Craft Council of Ireland and the Irish Assay office. A stint volunteering in an African hospital inspired a change of career and after some time working with a medical charity, Alice decided to study medicine. Since gaining a medical degree she has worked in Nephrology, Plastic Surgery and Emergency Medicine. Alice is excited to be taking part in the BioInnovate fellowship. Through the process she hopes to use existing skills of commercial business practice and combine them with her knowledge of medicine. Through this structured creative process she wants to deliver better healthcare and improve the patient experiences and outcomes.
Michael is curious! And having visited many A/E Departments with rugby injuries he always wanted to know what went on behind the curtains in hospitals. This curiosity lead Michael to become a nurse and he started his training in 1994. Michael qualified as a registered general nurse in 1998 from St. Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin. He commenced working in the operating theatres and gained valuable insights into surgical care and the technical aspect of same, he spent 5 years in this area and during this time gained valuable experience in general, Genito-urinary, vascular, ENT and orthopaedic surgeries. He became involved in haematology and oncology at St. James Hospital where he added medicine to his knowledge of operating theatres and finished his nursing career in 2006 with gerontology. Shortly after finishing nursing Michael began his studies of Law at Griffith College Dublin where he graduated with an honours degree with a specialist interest in intellectual property. Following his graduation Michael became involved in the medical devices industry and worked as a product specialist with a custom surgical kit manufacturer and was responsible for all clinical aspects of the companies work and also in design of bespoke surgical drapes and angiographic consumable equipment. During this role he was the clinical lead in development of a medical device involved with operating room lighting systems. He then moved to a more education focused role with a large multinational pharmaceutical company and was responsible for educating clinical staff on the use of medication management systems, during this time he also developed intravenous consumables that directly answered clinical needs in the operating room. Michael then became involved in distribution of medical devices with large Irish distributors and had responsibility for bringing a new range of enteral feeding products into the Irish market, to assist with market penetration he developed a training programme with royal college of surgeons. He has also invented a medical device directly related to naso gastric feeding. Michael is a family man and enjoys showing his family the benefits of an outdoor lifestyle, he builds and paddles Canadian canoes in his spare time and also manages to keep a rose garden free of greenfly.
Stephen is a Software Developer, leader of international engineering teams and builder of enterprise products for the past 12 years. He has expertise in creating ecommerce platforms for Fortune 500 companies in the Travel industry at Datalex. He designed, built and delivered an international trade and supply chain management cloud based product at Tradestream based in South Africa. He was also manager and director of the Tradestream Ireland office. He has experience working with startups consulting as VP of Engineering with CipherApps in the Wayra Ireland Accelerator to deliver an early stage beta for a realtime encryption service for data protection in the cloud. More recently, he scaled big data analytics teams working as Head of Engineering at Boxever to deliver enterprise SaaS predictive analytics to some of the biggest airlines and online travel agents across the globe.
Stephen gained his BSc in Computer Science from DIT, and completed his Executive MBA from UCD Michael Smurfit Business School where he specialised in entrepreneurship and innovation in the MedTech industry. He is excited by the BioInnovate programme opportunity and is looking forward to using his ICT and commercial background to explore innovations for unmet clinical needs.
Sean Cummins is a graduate of the BSc. in Product Design and Technology from the University of Limerick. He has worked for over four years with Cook Medical in Limerick as a Research and Development Engineer. During his time in Cook Medical, Sean predominantly worked on Peripheral Intervention related R&D projects. He has extensive design experience in both medical devices and automation. Focusing on usability and design for manufacture, Sean used human factors and ergonomics to develop a concept for a class III stent delivery system. The design has successfully made it to market and Sean is a named inventor on over 13 patent filings. Sean's design philosophy is not only to meet the expectations of the clinicians but to exceed them. He strongly believes that in order for a product to be successful, it must meet the needs of the patient, user and the market. Sean uses a practical approach to design through creating physical prototypes and user testing as well as analytical thinking with effective problem solving. His passion in the area of medical device design sparked his interest in the BioInnovate programme and he is looking forward to the experience that he will gain from the fellowship. In his spare time, Sean enjoys outdoor activities, motorsports and DIY.
Nigel graduated from Medicine in Trinity College Dublin in 2009. He completed Basic Surgical training and became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2012. He was awarded a Masters of Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in 2014, his dissertation focused on the accuracy of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Orthopaedics. He subsequently worked as an Orthopaedic Registrar in Dublin. He enjoys teaching and has undertaken roles as a clinical tutor in Orthopaedics at Cappagh Hospital and as an Anatomy Demonstrator in Trinity College Dublin. He is passionate about the application of technology in healthcare and has published peer reviewed research on internet search patterns and social media in relation to surgery. He hopes to cultivate his interests in creativity, design and technology in the innovative team environment offered by the BioInnovate Programme. In his spare time he enjoys photography, website design and surfing.
Omar is an academic cardiothoracic surgery trainee with over nine years of clinical experience. He graduated from Imperial College London in 2007 with a degree in both management and medicine. He became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2009, and was appointed to the London Deanery cardiothoracic surgery training programme in 2011 after being ranked in the top 5 candidates in the United Kingdom. He has led and collaborated on a number of research projects at Imperial with a focus on emerging technologies, healthcare outcomes and aortic surgery. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers in prestigious journals such as International Journal of Cardiology, Annals of Thoracic Surgery and Circulation: CQO. He has been invited to present at over 30 conferences nationally and internationally, and was recently awarded a prestigious scholarship to attend the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Seoul, South Korea. Omar has a strong interest in the development of devices that reduce the invasiveness and morbidity associated with interventional cardiac procedures. By joining BioInnovate, Omar hopes to build on his clinical experience by developing expertise in the design and development of devices that lead to improved outcomes for patients suffering with cardiovascular disease.
Patricia has 10 years of experience working in the medical device industry. After graduating with MEng in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast (2006), Patricia undertook a graduate rotation scheme in Boston Scientific. Throughout her 10 years Patricia has undertook roles in Process Development and Research & Development in the design and commercialization of peripheral balloon catheters, coronary artery stents and most recently as R&D lead on the development of a next generation transcatheter aortic valve system. As part of the aortic valve project Patricia spent 2 years in California with a newly acquired startup company where she gained experience in early medical device design and development including preclinical and First in Man trials as well as playing a key role in the design verification activities to support CE approval of the product. Patricia enrolled in the Bioinnovate workshops as part of a Boston Scientific team in 2015 where she gained an appreciation of the Biodesign process and followed up with an early design concept for a femoral artery closure device that was tested in a preclinical feasibility study. Patricia is excited to have the opportunity to complete the Bioinnovate Fellowship program in conjunction with Boston Scientific in the area of mitral valve disease. In her spare time Patricia enjoys travelling, cycling, hiking and yoga.
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