Enterprise Ireland (EI) in partnership with the Health Innovation Hub Ireland recognise the importance of clinical innovation to address current unmet clinical needs for patients and staff within the healthcare system and wider medtech sector.
The HIHI Clinical Innovation Award is designed to support all healthcare professionals in Ireland to explore the commercial feasibility of their innovative ideas with the potential to transform the way medical care is delivered in Ireland and abroad.
The Award welcomes innovative technologies at all stages of development from concept, early stage research through to more advanced projects.
The winners of the award will receive a €15,000 Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Feasibility Fund to investigate the commercial feasibility of their innovative idea in Ireland and international markets.
Winners will be announced at EIs Big Ideas Event in October.
Please engage with your nearest HIHI to find out more or to get advice on the competition:
Galway: Contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org Dublin: Contact Sinead at OCONNS71@TCD.ie Cork: Contact Mike at email@example.com
Is an innovative haptic navigation (Hap-Nav) device that helps people with vision impairment to navigate their environment. The technology uses artificial intelligence coupled with ultrasound ranging and haptic feedback to enable people to mentally construct a 3D spatial understanding of their surroundings before moving.
Prof. Derek O'Keeffe
Consultant Physician, University Hospital Galway
Prof. Derek O’Keeffe holds dual first class honours degrees and dual doctorates in Medicine and Engineering. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard, a Green Templeton Scholar at Oxford and is a graduate of the Endocrinology Clinical Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. As well as multiple academic publications, he holds biomedical patents and several international research prizes. He has volunteered in Ireland, USA, Ghana & Papua New Guinea. He has travelled in over 120 countries & was awarded The Outstanding Young Person of the World by Junior Chamber International. He is a Black Belt Taekwondo Instructor, Qualified Pilot, Advanced Scuba Diver & Triathlete. He has previously worked with NASA placing a sleep experiment onboard the International Space Station. He was awarded the St Lukes medal by RCPI and won a silver guild award for his health education themed garden at Bloom in May 2022. He currently works as a Consultant Physician (Endocrinologist) at University Hospital Galway (UHG) and is the Professor of Medical Device Technology at the University of Galway.
Compression of neural structures can have devastating consequences, with long term incontinence and paralysis occurring if surgical decompression is not achieved within hours. Diagnosis of worsening neural compression can be difficult. Neurophysiological testing (NPT) can directly measure neural electrical activity and is used in the diagnosis of the spinal cord and peripheral nerve function. However access to NPT is limited, requires highly skilled personnel to interpret the recorded waveforms and is rarely available outside normal working hours.
The MINT (Machine learning / Intelligent Neurophysiological Testing) project aims to develop novel, automated machine-learning diagnostic algorithms to interpret wave patterns in Neurophysiological Testing. MINT will thus provide on-demand, quantifiable neurophysiological assessment by non-skilled personnel.
Prof. Seamus Morris
Consultant Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, National Spinal Injuries Unit, Dublin
Prof. Seamus Morris's clinical and research interests include spinal injuries, spinal tumours, robotic surgery, spinal deformity correction and surgical training and performance.
Prof. Morris graduated from UCD in 1995 and completed both basic and higher surgical training programs in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland before undertaking fellowship training in Spine and Scoliosis surgery in the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York. He took up his consultant post in 2006. He has served as Director of the National Spinal Injuries Unit, Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and Clinical Secretary of the Irish Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery. He is clinical professor of surgery in UCD where he is cofounder of the MSc Programme in Musculoskeletal Medicine and is also Director of Innovation in the Pillar Centre for Transformative Medicine in the Mater Hospital. He is a principal investigator in UCD having previously led a successful spin out company through commercialization.
Scope Motion: Endoscopy Smart Trolley
Provision of high quality patient care in an Endoscopy Unit is reliant on a network of staff in the hospital coordinating procedure rooms, technology, materials, and other logistics. This novel solution developed out of a local innovation competition at St James’s Hospital (SJH Design Week) is designed to improve patient flow, procedure wait times and waiting lists, staff experience, technology maintenance, and reduce waste
Senior Clinical Engineering Technician, St. James's Hospital, Dublin
Bryan Griffin is a Senior Clinical Engineering Technician in the Dept. of Medical Physics & Bioengineering (MPBE) at St James’s Hospital. Bryan has a BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering and over 15 years’ experience supporting multiple medical technologies. Bryan has supported general X-ray systems, mammography, haemodialysis, decontamination, sterilisation and LASER equipment in a healthcare setting. Bryan achieved a level 7 qualification in Medical Device Decontamination (DIT Kevin Street), and lectures in TU Dublin, Grangegorman. Bryan completed a Cisco certified CNNA to add to his knowledge of IT systems. Bryan is well versed in medical standards and is passionate about reducing hospital patient lists by creating novel workflow solutions in a clinical setting.
PremSmart® 2.0 is a data-driven digital solution to optimise nutritional care for preterm infants. This innovation will be designed by expert clinicians, to continue to deliver improved clinical and economic outcomes, and address a global unmet need for our most vulnerable patients.
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Dr Ann-Marie Brennan
Dr Ann-Marie Brennan(PhD) is the Clinical Specialist Neonatal Dietitian at CUMH. She is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Food & Nutritional Sciences, UCC and, a Co-Investigator within the INFANT Centre UCC. She is the Lead on the PremSmart® Project.
Dr Brendan Murphy
Dr Brendan Murphy MB BCh BAO MD MSc FRCPI FRCPCH MRCP DCH Dip. Health Care Management is Consultant Paediatrician/Neonatologist at University Hospital Waterford, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and, an Associate Investigator within the INFANT Centre, UCC. Brendan is the Clinical Lead Neonatologist on the PremSmart® Project.
Sarah Fenton is the Senior Neonatal Pharmacist at CUMH. She is the Clinical Informatics Pharmacist on the PremSmart® Project. She is undertaking an Employment-based PhD (CUMH/INFANT Centre, UCC) investigating the sociotechnical and economic aspects of the PremSmart® Project.
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