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Elizabeth McGloughlinElizabeth graduated with an honours degree from UCD School of Medicine in 2013. She has subsequently gained clinical experience in Medicine, Geriatrics, Colorectal  Surgery and Emergency Medicine. Most recently Elizabeth has been working and training in Anaesthesia in the University Hospital Limerick. 

During her studies Elizabeth spent most of her spare time singing with multiple award winning choirs in Dublin including UCD Choral Scholars and New Dublin Voices. She also enjoys cooking and travelling. Always keen to find a creative solution to a problem, she is looking forward to the challenge of working in the entrepreneurial environment fostered by Bioinnovate.


Rory O'CallaghanRory O’Callaghan is a graduate of the MSc. in Medical Device Design from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Prior to this he studied Industrial Design in the prestigious Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden and spent an Erasmus semester studying Interface Design in the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, Germany. Rory has a BEng. (Houners) in Product Design Engineering from Dundalk I.T. To date Rory’s most successful professional work has been on the Multihog MH90, a multipurpose utility tractor manufactured by Multihog in Dundalk, Ireland, where he worked as an employee from the companies inception in February 2008 until September 2011. 

Today Rory is working in Medical Design, where he believes design thinking and process are massively under-utilised and where design can make a huge contribution to the benefit of peoples lives. Rory’s approach is objectively design centric, which is an inherently human centred approach to Medical Design. He strives to find an equilibrium between this and the “risk-based” approach demanded by the medical device design industry. In January 2014 Rory founded Real Motives Design Limited and has since collaborated exclusively with Cook Medical on many design research projects focusing on Endoscopy. Rory has been Highly Commended by the Institute of Designers in Ireland for the Multihog MH90 and has a RedDot Concept award. When not in the studio Rory loves traveling, playing team sports and cycling, he has been known to occasionally brew ale. 


Tony O'HalloranTony has over 16 years of experience in product development within the medical device sector. Having graduated from GMIT with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Tony has held multiple design and development engineering roles at Medtronic Vascular, Vysera Biomedical and most recently Creganna Medical. During this time, Tony has worked in a design and program management capacity on the development and commercialisation of a diverse range of minimally invasive devices for the Cardiovascular, Gastro-Intestinal, Urological and Bariatric markets. Combined with his technical and program management experience, Tony has experience in regulatory submissions within multiple territories during his time with Medtronic and Creganna where he played a key role in the approval of numerous devices. Tony also has experience in mergers and acquisitions during his time with Vysera biomedical, where he played a key role in the preparation of the approval of the Vysera Anti-Reflux control valve and its subsequent purchase and licensing by Merit Medical. Tony has a great passion for the identification, development and commercialisation of novel solutions for unmet clinical needs and is excited to have the opportunity to be part of the Bioinnovate Fellowship programme.


Andrew BourkeAndrew is a results focussed Commercial Strategy Consultant with over 10 years’ experience in the medical device sector. During his career within the industry, he collaborated with multinational manufacturers such as Bard, Boston Scientific, Atrium and Applied Medical. Following a degree in Marketing from Dublin Institute of Technology, he developed in a number of positions including Area Manager, Surgical Sales Director and Cross Functional Strategy Development Manager, during which time he helped double M.E.D. Surgical’s revenue.  Upon completion of an executive MBA in UCD Michael Smurfit Business School in 2014, he established a consultancy partnership, working with 2011 NUIG BioInnovate Fellow, Ms Caroline Gaynor. During the last 15 months, he has successfully completed Feasibility Studies and Commercialisation Strategy Reports for NUIG, DCU and UCD Nova. Andrew’s key strengths are market analysis and strategy development, rationalising market reports, clinical papers and feedback from a vast network of key opinion leaders, to formulate individual strategic plans for SMEs and innovation research projects. His goal within the BioInnovate Program is to assist his team to develop distinctive, innovative, high potential medical technologies. Andrew is a keen cyclist and runner, and has raised over €25,000 for various charities over the last 6 years. He is a keen traveller and he recently helped to establish a microbrewery called Wood Key Brewing in Dublin, with its first beer, The Pilgrim, commercially available since June 2015.


Fergal Ward

Fergal has spent 12 years delivering innovative new products into global Blue Chip and Fortune 500 customers. Fergal has a passion for high-tech startups and has previously worked as an engineer, product leader, team leader and research director. Fergal has experience in innovating new telecoms platforms for Intune Networks and delivering disruptive telecoms solutions to some of the world's biggest telecoms operators. Fergal also has experience in innovating new enterprise SaaS and predictive analytics solutions for Boxever LTD and delivering into some of biggest airlines and online travel companies. Fergal graduated with Bachelor and Masters degrees in Engineering from DIT and in 2004 conducted research into the fields of wireless biomedical sensors. Upon completion of his degrees, Fergal undertook a research scholarship in NASA. Fergal completed the BioInnovate programme in 2016 and has since been successful in securing an Enterprise Ireland commercialisation grant to develop a solution for the global chronic pain markets.



Adrian RutledgeA dual qualified medical practitioner, with engineering technical background and business acumen. Adrian is a recent medical graduate of University College Dublin. Prior to studying medicine he completed a degree in electronic engineering at Dublin City University and subsequently pursued a masters degree in Management of Technology and Innovation from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Adrian took the decision to return to education and retrain for his medical degree following 5 years working as an engineer for a large multinational technology leader where he worked on delivering novel applications in wireless sensors and actuators technology. He brings a proven track history in engineering R&D with recent crossover in medical and surgical disciplines where he has presented both clinical and engineering research at local and international conferences. Adrian enjoys applying his engineering hat to medicine, hanging up his multimeter in place for his stethoscope. He has a passion for innovation and finding solutions to challenging complex problems. He is particularly interested in developing new approaches and technologies in the area of surgical innovation, robotics, tele-medicine and wearable medical devices. In his spare time enjoys car restoration projects and participating in triathlon events.


Alison Liddy

Alison is a both a qualified Chemist and Engineer. Having graduated with an honours Chemistry degree in 2003, she went on to pursue a Masters in Biochemical Engineering. During her studies, she completed research internships in both the US. and Germany. Following her Masters, Alison went on to work in the Roche Diagnostics R&D department in Penzberg, Germany that specialised in the purification of bio-therapeutics.

It was this interest that motivated her to complete a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering on Multifunctional Chromatography Supports. She subsequently worked in Boston Scientific's R&D department in Galway, investigating new surface coatings for drug-eluting products.

Alison then joined Cook Medical in Limerick, where she was team lead on gastroenterology projects from design to manufacture of commercial products. She is the named inventor on eight US patent filings and she has presented her research work at international scientific conferences.

Currently, Alison is working on an Enterprise Ireland commercialisation fund at NUI Galway, developing a new technology for the treatment of Orofacial pain.


John EarlyJohn Early has considerable experience in the medical device industry and has held a number of management and director positions. He has worked for both indigenous and multinational medtech companies over the past twenty years. John started his medtech career with United States Surgical Corporation and was instrumental in establishing the company’s surgical stapling and minimally invasive technology in Ireland, Iceland, South Africa and UK. Following the acquisition of USSC by Covidien John oversaw the commercialisation and management of Covidien’s portfolio in the Irish Market. He then headed up the internationalization of Covidien’s neurosurgical and spinal business with responsibility for all markets outside of the United States.John was managing director for Oceana Therapeutics Inc., a start up company specialising in licensing, sales, marketing and channel management of niche technologies in the gastrointestinal and pediatric spaces. More recently John was VP sales and marketing for Trulife, an Irish manufacturing and marketing company operating internationally.John has a degree in Applied Sciences from DIT and a number of postgraduate qualifications including diplomas in Strategic management and International marketing from the Irish Management Institute


John ThompsonJohn has extensive experience as a senior medical manager within the pharmaceutical industry. He has spent the last five years working for the global market leader Pfizer, where he was European medical affairs lead for the gastroenterology portfolio. In this role he oversaw the commercialisation and regulatory submission of late stage pipeline assets. 

John graduated with honours in Biochemistry and Medicine from Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons respectively. He has also completed post graduate qualifications in pharmaceutical medicine and an MBA from the Smurfit School of Business in Dublin. After completing his undergraduate training, John commenced specialist training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care medicine receiving a Primary Fellowship and Membership of the College of Anaesthetists Ireland (MCAI). John has also carried out medical research in Ireland and in the University of California at Berkeley. John hopes to leverage these diverse experiences as a Fellow and strongly believes that "No problem can be solved by the same kind of thinking that created it."

Fionn LahartFionn is a design engineer and project manager with extensive experience in medical device development and product design. Having graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from DIT (2005), Fionn spent his early career designing services for the health care sector and lecturing in both D.I.T. and I.T. Tallaght. On completing an MSc Physical Sciences in Medicine from Trinity College (2008), where he worked under Prof. Richard Reilly to develop a stroke rehabilitation system, Fionn worked as a design engineer in Melbourne, Australia. Fionn returned to Ireland in 2010 where he took up a role with AltaScience Ltd., a medical device R&D company based in Citywest Dublin. At AltaScience Ltd, Fionn was involved with all aspects of medical device development and has experience in leading a multidisciplinary team of engineers, quality and regulatory personnel to bring products to market through concept, prototyping, verification, manufacturing, regulatory and clinical phases. Fionn is a member of Engineers Ireland and has been on the committee of the Biomedical Division of Engineers Ireland since 2011. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, designing custom guitars, travelling and playing tennis


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