Posts by: Gillian O'Mahony

Texas Medical Centre Innovation Talk at HIHI

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Speakers Tom Luby, Director TMC Innovation and Emily Reiser, Associate Director, TMC Innovation provided an overview of TMC Innovation, and how the Centre forms, fosters, recruits, and funds healthcare companies at NUI Galway last Friday to an audience of over 130 people online and in person.

They discussed how they engage with and evaluate start-up companies, provide support to entrepreneurs as they broaden their vision and network, and perform diligence on the companies seeking to progress clinical and business milestones.

The talk is available here


Dr. Tanya Mulcahy appointed Director of Health Innovation Hub Ireland

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Health Innovation Hub Ireland is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tanya Mulcahy as Director.

Tanya has held the position of Interim Director since February 2021 and the position of National Manager since 2016. She has over 30 years’ experience in the start-up,  pharma, product development and research industry in Ireland and the US. She has a PhD in Cancer Genetics, has conducted postdoctoral research in Neuropsychiatric Genetics, has a BSc in Biochemistry and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Trials. In 2021 she was appointed by the Minister for Health to the HPRA Medical Device Advisory Committee, she is a member of the National Clinical Trials Office Advisory Committee and a mentor on a number of programmes. Tanya is based in the HIHI Headquarters in University College Cork.

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) is a national government backed initiative supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Health Service Executive. HIHI is led by University College Cork with partners Munster Technological University, Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway.  Health Innovation Hub Ireland drives engagement between industry and healthcare to support the assessment, development and piloting of new technologies, from ideas to product, within the Irish healthcare system. Since 2016, HIHI has supported more than 500 healthcare companies, engaged with more than 400 healthcare staff ideas and delivered innovation education programmes to over 1000 people.

Delegation from Texas Medical Centre to deliver talk in Galway

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A delegation from the Texas Medical Centre (link) are visiting NUI Galway on Friday the  6th of May 2022. TMC is the largest medical city in the world. It is home to the largest children’s hospital and world’s largest cancer hospital. The attached PDF has more information on their activities. TMC have a number of initiatives to support InnovationClinical Research, and Venture Funding.
Speakers Tom Luby, Director TMC Innovation and Emily Reiser, Associate Director, TMC Innovation will provide an overview of TMC Innovation, and how the Centre forms, fosters, recruits, and funds healthcare companies. 
For more information and to register, click below:

HIHI Pulse – Female Innovators in HealthTech – Inspiring Our Future

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Health Innovation Hub Ireland is delighted to announce the new webinar series entitled “HIHI Pulse“.
The first webinar in the series “Female Innovators in HealthTech- Inspiring Our Future” will take place on Friday April 22nd.
The panel will be moderated by HIHI Interim Director Dr Tanya Mulcahy with an excellent line-up of panelists from across the healthtech innovation sector including:
Diane Nevin, CEO and Founder of GDTHealth Network
Marian Kennedy, CEO and Founder of PPR Healthcare Ltd.
Aoife Ni Mhuirí, CEO and Founder of Salaso
Please submit your questions in advance to


When: 14:00 pm Friday 22nd April 2022


Register HERE

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s Annual National Call

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Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is a not for profit organisation that supports people who have innovative ideas to solve a social problem.

They are currently open for applications for their annual national call and are encouraging people across the country to “be the change you seek” by applying for a place on its:

 1.            Ideas Academy – aimed at those with an early-stage idea to solve a social problem


2.            Impact Programme – aimed at high-potential social entrepreneurs looking to grow the impact of their organisation.

 You can find out more on their website: Apply by midnight on Tuesday, 5th April.

HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite Programme wins at the CIPD Ireland HR Awards 2022

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As the most prestigious HR awards in Ireland, the annual CIPD Ireland HR Awards showcases the best in HR and the people profession. The annual awards recognise and reward innovation and excellence in the fields of HR, Learning and Development, and people management.

This years competition was stiff and the best of the people profession was demonstrated by each and every entry. Congratulations to all of the 2022 winners for their hard work and innovative initiatives that saw them recognised as the best in their category.

The HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite programme won the 2022 Employee Empowerment and Trust Award in a closely contested category. The CIPD judges were impressed by the high levels of commitment of the healthcare participants despite the pressure of COVID-19, and the stories of innovation and positive impact on frontline delivery, making a real difference to patient care.

The programme was set up to drive an innovation mind-set in the health sector by empowering the best ideas in frontline health services and supporting them to come to life. It operates as a mini accelerator process with staff pitching for funding, getting training support and external mentorship.

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) were delighted to accept the award with the HSE’s Spark Programme at Friday’s event. This award is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and belief of HSE staff to build a better healthcare system for themselves, their patients, and the country.

Employee empowerment and trust Award sponsored by Sanderson

HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite

HSE-HIHI Spark Ignite is the only staff-facing, bottom up, innovation competition available to the 115,000+ HSE employees. Its mission is to enable HSE staff to validate unmet needs in healthcare, determine if a market exists for their proposed solution, product, or service to meet that need, and to support the further development of those ideas. The programme is supported by the HSE, Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI), Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD), National Health and Social Care Professions Office (HSCP), National Doctors Training and Planning (NDTP), and the Local Enterprise Office Galway.


The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development – responsible for championing better work and working lives. They set the gold standard for people management and development and influence policy and practice in the world of work.

With a highly respected Royal Charter, they are the only professional body in the world that can award Chartered status to individual HR and Learning and Development professionals, making them the career partner of choice for 6,000 CIPD members in Ireland and over 160,000 members worldwide.

Health Innovation Hub Ireland is delighted to announce the new webinar series “HIHI Pulse”

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“Female Innovators in HealthTech- Inspiring our Future”
When: 2pm Friday 22nd April ​2022
Guest speakers: Aoife Ní Mhuirí, CEO and Founder of Salaso Health Solutions
                             Diane Nevin, CEO Grit International Female Accelerator/ GDT Health Network
More speakers to be announced soon 
“Healthcare Data Management-Why is it so Important?”
 When: 2pm Friday 30th  September 2022
Speakers to be announced soon
“Sustainability and New Ways of Healthcare Delivery”
 When: 2pm Friday 9th December 2022
Speakers to be announced soon

 Register here 

Irish Tech news reports on HIHI’s 20 health tech innovations showcase

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Health Innovation Hub Ireland has launched “20 healthtech innovations to watch in 2022”.

The application of these home-grown innovations in healthcare leads to better patient outcomes, efficiencies, and a supported healthcare system.

These projects have been delivered through HIHI in Irish healthcare sites nationally – in HSE acute, primary and community sites, in private healthcare, in pharmacies and GP practices and directly with the public.

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