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Mick Donegan

Mick Donegan
B.E. PhD
Breast and Adrenal Surgery Team

Having spent a number of years as a professional Irish dancer, Mick returned to formal education and received a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Surface Engineering from University College Dublin. On the completion of his PhD he joined Intel as a process engineer, where he spent two years learning the ropes at the cutting edge of world class manufacturing. He was part of the team that set up the 14nm manufacturing process, specialising in dielectric barrier processing. His first engineering love however was biomedical and so he travelled to Galway to join the Medtronic R&D team where he spent 6 successful years. During his time in Medtronic he worked on all phases of product development, from concept development through to post commercial launch support. Working through these phases gave Mick insight into what it takes to create meaningful, life elongating and pain alleviating products and how to develop these products for commercialisation. He has been granted multiple patents for his work on various coronary devices including guide extension catheters and guidewires. Mick has a keen interest in technology (both new and old) and in using this knowledge to solve unmet needs. While working for Medtronic he was lucky enough to experience the industrial program from BioInnovate and was “bitten by the (BioInnovate) bug”. He is delighted to become a full-time fellow. Originally from Cork, in his spare time Mick enjoys spending time with his family, playing video games and cooking. He likes to walk his dogs, dance and jog to unwind and stay fit.
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