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BioInnovate Ireland is a forum which combines resources to catalyse and Lead Medical Innovation by

  • Delivering the next generation of specially trained Fellows and skilled graduates to the med tech market place.
  • Identifying new product development opportunities.
  • Providing, developing and proposing commercial opportunities to move an identified clinical needs forward.
  • Provide research opportunities and spin­out companies in collaboration with clinicians and partnering companies.
  • Building a med tech innovation ecosystem that can deliver internationally.

BioInnovate Ireland has achieved unparalleled access to Ireland's leading academic researchers, clinicians, and industry expert while the activity is underpinned by world class facilities available through the support network. BioInnovate offer two core programmes of activity ­ The Fellowship Programme and the Industry Training Workshops.

Innovation Taskforce Report

The impetus for the development of this specialist training programme has emerged from the Innovation Taskforce Report (section 8.5) [1] which made recommendations inter alia on how to embed product design teaching and research in Ireland's engineering schools and how to shift design education in Ireland to a model where creativity and innovation in product design are encouraged. In addition, the Fórfás report on Future Skills Needs of the Irish Medical Devices Sector 2007­2013 [2] made similar recommendations and made particular reference to the Biodesign programme at Stanford. Within recommendation 8.5 from the Innovation Taskforce Report it was advised that an industry­ higher education institutes (HEI) advisory group on new product design and development be formed to provide a forum for Irish industry, HEIs, professional bodies and Government to agree a national agenda and roadmap for product design and development. Within this Industry­ HEI Advisory group, 4 Higher Education Institutions (NUI Galway, UL, RCSI, UCC and DCU) with the support of the other academic partners in the industry­ HEI advisory and the firm support of the IMDA (Irish Medical Devices Association), agreed to develop a Medical Device Innovation Programme (BioInnovate Ireland) based on the Biodesign programme at Stanford. The programme was co­founded in 2011 by Dr Pat Morgan, Sandra Ganly and Prof. Mark Bruzzi.

[1] Innovation Task Force Report, Department of the Taoiseach, Dublin, Ireland, March 2010, ISBN 9781406424966

[2] EGFSN Report ­ Future Skills Needs of the Irish Medical Devices Sector: 2007­2013. Presented to the Irish Ministers for Enterprise, Trade & Employment and Education & Science (2008)

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