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BioInnovate Ireland 2016 Fellowship Now Recruiting

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To give you a brief understanding of the programme – BioInnovate Ireland was developed by NUI Galway to focus on enabling innovators and innovation specifically for the medical technology sector.


The BioInnovate activity centres around experienced engineers, clinicians, business and other professionals working together to identify clinical needs through immersing themselves in a clinical environment, inventing solutions to meet those needs and implementing a strategy to commercialise the technology.

This is achieved through a number of activities that provide a continuum from training (to enable the next generation of leaders in medtech innovation) to an incubation environment, which enables medical technologies to be developed and prove concept before commercialisation. These activities are structured around the following programmes:


  • BioInnovate Fellowship Programme.
  • BioInnovate Industry Training Workshops
  • NUI Galway Medical Device Incubation


BioInnovate is a unique style of programme that has broken down barriers, combining multiple disciplines (Engineering, Business and Medicine) and institutions (NUIG, UL, UCC). It has facilitated enhanced interactions between academics, clinicians and industry, to foster an environment of innovation and creativity in order to strengthen the medtech sector in Ireland.


Currently we are recruiting for our full-time Fellowship programme. This is a stipend supported programme, and we are trying to attract doctors that may be interested in taking a year of research (Fellowship award includes a research masters), and might have an interest in innovation. I have attached a flier with recruitment details to this email.  We are recruiting for teams with both a medtech and ICT focus on the solutions they develop.

If you are interested please register your interest at or contact Dr Paul Anglim (

We are trying to circulate the recruitment information and programme information to doctors nationally if possible. If you might have any advice on how to do so, it would be greatly appreciated.


BioInnovate is now recruiting for the 2016/017 Fellowship – visit for further details.


UCC Acknowledges Establishment of Health Innovation Hub Ireland

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Press Statement – 26 January 2016


UCC Acknowledges Establishment of Health Innovation Hub Ireland


University College Cork (UCC) has welcomed today’s announcement by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar regarding the establishment of Health Innovation Hub Ireland.


Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) supports the development of pioneering research and innovation healthcare projects by creating access to cutting-edge research and innovation for the Irish health service.  By developing the next generation of leaders in healthcare and industry, HIHI has the potential to advance and transform health outcomes for patients by developing revolutionary solutions to medical problems; in addition to impacting on the health of the Irish economy by nurturing and supporting industry developments.



Health Innovation Hub Ireland will be headquartered in UCC with its partnering institutes being; Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), NUI Galway (NUIG) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD).  It is embedded within 23 hospitals nationally via the South/Southwest Hospital Group, Saolta University Heath Care Group and Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, in addition to three clinical research facilities, based at Mercy University Hospital Cork, University Hospital Galway and St. James’s Hospital Dublin.


The Principal Investigator for the research consortium is Professor John R. Higgins, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology & Head of College of Medicine and Health UCC. Professor Higgins states that “today’s announcement is a very proud moment, as it not only captures the collaborative spirit between our partnering third level institutions, industry partners and health services, but demonstrates how working together unlocks and delivers transformational projects. In my own specialty of obstetrics and gynecology, I have seen the positive impact that technology has had on patient safety, patient care and patient outcomes. Therefore, I am confident that today’s announcement reflects the ability of Health Innovation Hub Ireland to greatly enhance Ireland’s national healthcare service and delivery in the years ahead.”


Innovation capacity and enhanced operational excellence are crucial requirements for the health sector in Ireland. Today’s announcement shows that the need for genuine collaboration between industry and the healthcare system to deliver economic growth, improved patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs has been recognised.


For further press queries please contact Kate McSweeney – mobile 087 6150199. T: @UCCMedHealth


Notes to editor:


  • Information from the Health Innovation Demonstrator Hub can be found from


  • A National Project Team (NPT) was appointed in 2012 to drive this initiative and was chaired by Dave Shanahan. The other members were from the Dept. Jobs Enterprise and Innovation; Dept. Health; Enterprise Ireland; IDA; SFI; Industry and Clinical/Non-Clinical Leadership from the HSE.


  • The Western Gateway Building, UCC was the location selected for the Demonstrator Health Innovation Hub and the team was led by Dr. Colman Casey, Director of the Demonstrator Hub.  Over the past 3 years the Demonstrator Health Innovation Hub issued three separate calls for innovative products and services and the hub has handled a wide array of companies from individuals right up to small and medium enterprises.


  • The hub has instigated and managed projects with 27 companies in:
  • 7 hospitals
  • 2 primary care centres
  • 4 stand alone GPs
  • 19 pharmacies
  • 19 clinicians and their teams


  • The demonstrator hub was set up to accelerate the development of company products and their associated healthcare products.  As a result of Hub formation, the Government then carried out an independent assessment of the Hub operations in 2014 and based on this evaluation they recommended the formation of a National Health Innovation Hub.


  • The Government then issued a call in 2015 for a National Health Innovation Hub and UCC formed a consortium to bid for the National Hub and were one of a number of consortia to participate in the bid process. A team of national and international experts, in both business and health, reviewed all consortium bids and the UCC led bid was chosen.

Cork CF Unit is cleanest in the world

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Cork University Hospital (CUH) now has the “cleanest hospital rooms that exist in healthcare worldwide” within its new cystic fibrosis (CF) ward, effectively removing the threat of cross infection to patients.

That’s according to consultant respiratory physician Prof Barry Plant, who was speaking at the official opening of ward 5B, CUH’s new 20-bed adult CF and respiratory ward, paid for by CF charity Build4Life at a cost of €2.3m, the largest single philanthropic donation ever made to the hospital.

Prof Plant said it was a “great day for CUH” and the “realisation of a dream” for patients and families affected by CF in the Munster area.


“It’s been a long road to get here today and you all know why these facilities needed to be developed — to allow our friends and family with CF enter the hospital environment without fear of cross infection,” said Prof Plant.

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Health 2.0 Cork November Meetup

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Health 2.0 Cork aims to have a meet up of healthcare professionals, IT professionals, academics, patient groups and general public. Meet-up session includes talk by guest speakers from healthcare and IT sectors on relevant healthcare related topics and how technology can be an adjunct in rendering healthcare delivery. Panel discussions on the topic is also held. Start-up companies are given an opportunity to demo their product as well. Meet-ups concludes with coffee and networking sessions.

Call for Start-Up Innovations – Medtech Europe 2016

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We are pleased to announce that the call for entries to the 2016 Medtec Europe Start-up Academy is open!

The Start-up Academy is where a select number of Europe’s most innovative start-ups will be invited to demonstrate their products and exhibit for FREE at our flagship event in Germany.

Taking place on 12–14 April 2016 in Messe Stuttgart, Germany, Medtec Europe is your gateway to inspiration and all the latest developments around Medical Device Technology.

In 2015 we had over 50 entries with the winner’s trophy going to an Italian company LiquidWeb and its innovative product calledBraincontrol – an augmentative and alternative communication system based on Brain-computer interface (BCI) technology.

We are now calling for submissions from all over Europe from medical device start-ups. Whether yours is a pre- or post-revenue business, we encourage all start-ups from the above regions to make submissions and go forward to demonstrate their innovations at the show.

We will then choose the best start-ups, who will be offered a free stand at Medtec Europe, in addition to a free demonstration slot at the Start-up Academy and a chance to win €2,000!

If you have an innovative product you wish to showcase, we want to hear from you! Contact Svetlana Fathers or call +44 (0)20 7955 3973.

The deadline for submitting your interest isMonday 11 January 2016.

To learn about the submission criteria, please visit the Start-up Academy page on our website.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Kind Regards,

The Medtec Europe Team

Fastform Research announces North American Distribution Agreement

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Waterford’s FastForm Research Announces North American Distribution Agreement for Its
Orthopedic Injury Management Products

Waterford, Ireland – 1 October, 2015 – FastForm Research (FastForm) announced today that it has signed a distribution agreement with Breg, Inc., a leading provider of sports medicine products and services headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif. Breg will exclusively distribute FastForm’s fracture and soft tissue injury products in the United States and Canada through its network of sales representatives, and distribution partners.

The distribution partnership expands FastForm’s presence in North America, and will accelerate the introduction and use of FastForm’s breakthrough casting and bracing products. FastForm’s initial product portfolio treats forearm and wrist fractures, a market in whichthere are over 640,000 distal radius (forearm) fractures and 250,000 wrist fractures every year in the U.S. alone.1

An alternative to plaster and fiberglass casting, FastForm’s products are hygienic and comfortable. When heated, FastForm’s proprietary PolyTrexX material converts from a rigid state to a pliable, highly conformable brace, giving patients a custom fit that is lightweight, water resistant, radiolucent and biodegradable. The products give orthopedic surgeons a single solution that serves as splint, cast and brace.

“I am delighted we now have a golden opportunity to bring FastForm’s differentiated products to the U.S. market through a prestigious company like Breg,” said David Sheehan, CEO of FastForm Ltd. “Together with Breg we can improve the healing experiences of patients in North America, and advance fracture management and soft tissue injury repairto the next level in patient care.”

“We are excited to begin distributing FastForm’s fracture bracing products and supporting both of our companies’ commitment to developing and launching innovative products,” said Brad Lee, president and CEO of Breg, Inc. “FastForm products give our orthopedic customers access to a more comfortable alternative to plaster and fiberglass casting. We look forward to a long and productive relationship.”

About FastForm Medical
FastForm is an innovative and dynamic life science company, focusing on the development and commercialization of superior medical products for the healthcare industry. The Companydesigns, develops and manufactures advanced orthopaedic orthosis that combine highly conformable PolyTrexX™ polymers and breathable DermaWick™ liners to deliver superior comfort and enhanced quality of life for patients from injury right through to recovery. FastForm is headquartered in Killowen, County Waterford, Ireland. Visit

About Breg, Inc.
Breg provides premium, high-value sports medicine products and services that advance orthopedic patient care. From pioneering cold therapy and innovative bracing to caring customer service and award-winning orthopedic practice business solutions, Breg delivers a 360⁰ customer experience unmatched in the industry. Founded in 1989, Breg is based in Carlsbad, Calif., and is a company of Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry. Visit


1.“The Epidemiology of Distal Radius Fractures,” Nellans, K.W., MD, et al. Hand Clin. 2012 May: 28(2): 113-125

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Breg, Inc.
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FastForm Medical
David Sheehan
Founder, CEO
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