Rhona, upon completion of BioInnovate, co-founded Ostoform with her teammate Kevin Kelleher where she embraced the role of Chief Clinical Officer. During the Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund period, Rhona led the Technical Development and Clinical Research of Ostoform and managed clinical trials that proved “O'Seal” (an ostomy accessory for the prevention and reduction of peristomal skin complications for people with ileostomies) to be clinically efficacious and safe to use. Awards which Rhona was instrumental in achieving for Ostoform include: Seedcorn Best University Spin Out 2016, Enterprise Ireland Big Ideas "The one to watch" 2016, AIB Start-up Academy First Prize winners 2017, EIT Health 1 in 7 winners 2017, Best Idea Lucan LEO 2017, and Runner Up Best Business Category Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur 2018. Enterprise Ireland have subsequently awarded Competitive Start Fund financing to help progress Ostoform towards commercialisation and further investment.
Upon her departure from Ostoform, Rhona has recently become Senior Design Engineer for Creganna Medical based in Galway where she is the Technical Lead working on Cardiovascular Minimally Invasive Devices.
“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. The continued growth of the BioInnovate's BioDesign Process can be permeated back into industry along with advancing the start-up world. BioInnovate is a program that benefits patient outcomes and accelerates the growth of the Irish economy”.