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The BioInnovate Fellowship is a specialist health technology innovation programme affiliated to Stanford BioDesign
Our Vision: To be a leading global innovation hub educating the next generation of healthcare visionaries and entrepreneurs to positively impact lives everywhere.
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What is the BioInnovate Ireland Fellowship?

BioInnovate Ireland: Transforming Healthcare through Needs-Led Innovation.

The BioInnovate Ireland Fellowship is a 10-month full-time specialist medical device and digital health innovation programme. Based on the needs led innovation approach first proposed by Stanford University, the programme guides multidisciplinary teams through a full cycle of innovation, from needs identification to designing and prototyping viable solutions as well as securing funding.

The BioInnovate Fellowship, fully funded by Enterprise Ireland, provides Fellows with a tax-free monthly stipend of €3,800 throughout the programme, totalling €38,000 over the 10-month duration (equivalent to an annual salary of €64,650 inclusive of tax). Additionally, programme fees up to €5,750 are covered.

Who can apply?

The Fellowship programme is centred around the recruitment of three multi-disciplinary teams, each with four team members. We typically seek individuals from four broad areas:

  • Clinical (Medical doctors, Nurses, Allied Healthcare Professionals)
  • Technical (Engineers, Scientists, Data Analysts, Designers)
  • Commercial (Business, MBA graduates, Marketing/Sales Leaders)
  • Other (Highly motivated individuals interested in healthcare innovation)

In addition to the traditional disciplines that have applied to the programme, we are interested in attracting candidates with software, AI or data analysis skills who can help meet the future needs in digital health and connected devices.

We also welcome applications from ‘other’ disciplines where the applicants are ambitious and motivated by innovation.

We expect that applicants have 5-10 years’ experience and have a demonstrated track record in their respective professions.

The programme leverages the proven Stanford BioDesign framework to develop talented, motivated, multidisciplinary teams of innovators to shape the future of healthcare globally.

Programme Structure

Identify: Fellowship participants are assigned a single clinical area, where they will spend eight weeks in clinical immersion, carefully observing, identifying, and logging hundreds of clinical needs. This involves engaging with clinical staff, reviewing surgery, and interacting with care givers and patients.

Invent: The Fellows then characterise these needs into possible solutions by brainstorming potential solutions for each of their top needs, supported by mentoring by academics, industry leaders and clinicians.

Implement: The final phase is Implementation involving prototyping, regulatory affairs and reimbursement strategies. The Fellows bring their concepts through to business planning, pitching to venture capitalists and in some cases commercialisation.”


World Class Innovation

Global Impact

Local ambition, Global Scale

Innovation Programs

Empowering Future Leaders in Healthcare

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In the Top 1% of Universities Globally.


Our People form the key foundations for success
Kevin Moore Kevin Moore Founder - MGR Life Science. Put simply, the BioInnovate fellowship enabled me to realise my ambition of creating a niche life science service where I gained first-hand experience of the I.P., compliance, ethical, regulatory and funding challenges which face medical device companies. I continue to draw on those experiences to predict and navigate legal risks for my clients.
Rhona Hunt Rhona Hunt Co-founder – Ostoform BioInnovate was a fantastic vehicle for me to meet patients, assess their needs and the commercial feasibility of the clinical need we identified. It is well structured and supported to assess and optimise the right opportunity and continues to accelerate the growth of the Irish economy.
John Thompson Dr. John Thompson Co-founder – Aurigen Medical Bioinnovate has been instrumental in providing us with the tools, guidance, network and support necessary to begin our journey in medical device innovation. I will be forever indebted to the entire Bioinnovate team and extended network of mentors for their experience, enthusiasm and generosity.
Andrew Bourke Andrew Bourke Director of Innovation Development with i360medical BioInnovate has become a global innovation leader in one of the most entrepreneurial countries in the world. With unbelievable levels of support from Enterprise Ireland, I believe the future of healthcare will continue to emanate from this prestigious fellowship program.
Paula Newell Paula Newell Founder – Aveta Medical The BioInnovate programme has awarded me with the knowledge, skills, mentoring, and network to pursue my passion to help deliver a meaningful, valuable medical solution to women wanting an alternative to current treatments.
Sinead Hughes Sinead Hughes Design Engineer BioInnovate changes the way you think about problems. It opens the door to a multitude of diverse career opportunities and exposes you to a unique and talented network of people all interested in transforming healthcare.


Needs Driven Opportunity
BioInnovate 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.

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University of Galway,
H91 TK33, Ireland +353 (0)91 492 646

Situated on the prestigious campus of University of Galway within the medieval city of Galway, European Capital of Culture in 2020, with equal easy access to the wilderness of Connemara in the west and the European mainland in the east, BioInnovate boasts a superb location.

Our affiliation with Stanford BioDesign has helped us to become one of the world’s leading innovation hubs with an immense debt of gratitude owed to Enterprise Ireland for both their financial and professional support in helping BioInnovate grow.