BioInnovate Ireland is a national medical technology innovation training programme that aims to act as a neutral territory in which academia, clinicians and industry can collaborate to develop novel medical technologies. The programme is an active partnership between multiple universities (NUI Galway, University of Limerick and University College Cork), engages with hospitals all over the country, and is supported by Enterprise Ireland, IMDA and multiple industry sponsors.
The Fellowship programme is a specialist medical device innovation programme which is affiliated with the Stanford BioDesign programme.
The 10-month, full-time, programme combines teams of high-calibre Fellows from either a medical, engineering, business or technical graduate background that aim to align unmet clinical needs with a market opportunity. Team members are chosen to contribute their skills, knowledge and expertise as part of a multi-disciplinary Fellowship team. During the process Fellows focus on one specific clinical area, receive mentorship from Industry, Clinicians, VC's, Domain Experts and Academics and are stipend supported by Enterprise Ireland. Fellowship teams are physically located at one of the partner Universities, perform their initial clinical immersion phase in the associated hospitals, and subsequently in hospitals across the country. To date, Fellows have interacted with hundreds of clinical staff in over 50 hospitals. The programme commences in early August each year, and had an associated post-graduate award of either a Post Graduate Diploma or a Research Masters.
Chief Clinical Mentor
|2011-2012||Cardiology||NUIG / DCU||Dr Faisal Sharif|
|2012-2013||Urology/Radiation Oncology||NUIG / UL||Prof. Frank Sullivan|
|2013-2014||Gastrointestinal||NUIG / UL||Prof. Larry Egan|
|Orthopaedic||UCC||Prof. James Harty|
|2014-2015||ENT||NUIG||Prof. Ivan Keogh|
|Respiratory Medicine||UCC||Dr Marcus Kennedy|
|Gastrointestinal||NUIG & Mayo Clinic||Prof. Larry Egan & Dr William Faubion|
|Structural Heart||NUIG||Dr Faisal Sharif|
The Fellowship Process
The Fellowship follows the Identify, Invent, Implement Model developed by Stanford Biodesign.
Identify unmet clinical needs
The programme begins with a five-week intensive Bootcamp in which the Fellows are introduced to observation and needs finding, meet a network of mentors and experts, receive in-depth anatomy training and lectures from the clinical teams, and begin team training.
The following eight weeks are spent in clinical immersion where the Fellowship teams are immersed in the clinical environments across Ireland. This process involves observing patients and healthcare professionals in a range of clinical settings including: specialist diagnostic clinics, surgical and interventional procedures, post-operative care and rehabilitation. At this time, these elite multi-disciplinary teams observe a variety of health-care professionals and their interactions with patients in a clinical environment. This is a unique opportunity for the Fellows to observe and document the day to day challenges.
The Fellowship teams now focus on processing the unmet clinical needs through the BioInnovation process, ultimately brain-storming to develop a range of potential solutions. During the "Invent" period, the Fellowship teams are intensively monitored and advised by a range of experienced and committed clinical, academic and entrepreneurial mentors.
Once the clinical needs are filtered and potential solutions developed through the concept phase, the teams then consider and agree the Implementation strategy and options which involves prototyping, business & financial planning, regulatory affairs and reimbursement strategies. The Fellows are encouraged to move concepts forward to business planning with the aim of advancing the most promising concept to be pitch ready and apply for funding opportunities. Upon completion of the 10-month programme, the Fellows are able to address the 'big questions' associated with the commercialisation of a new technology.
Outcomes to date
- 28 Fellows, 32 graduate students and 40 industry professionals trained in the 'Process of Med Tech Innovation'
- Accessed 40+ Hospitals Internationally, 100's Physicians / Surgeons
- 1000+ unmet / under-met clinical needs identified
- Detailed market research , concepts developed for 30+ 'needs'
- 8 Technologies developed - €5m funding
- One start-up (€3m funding) and One license
- International network of entrepreneurs, clinicians, VCs and industry
- Partnership with Stanford Biodesign and Mayo Clinic