Paddy McGowan

HIHI Technology Development Advisor, Cork Institute of Technology | CIT

Paddy McGowan is a Mechanical Engineer and Senior Researcher with 20 years of experience in the mechanical engineering field and 15 years in the medical device field. His industry experience includes industrial machinery, consumer hand devices, laparoscopic devices, extensive implantable devices and medical and research level robotics projects. He has experience as owner of a mechanical engineering design company employing a team of five engineers. The work he was involved with varied from large multinational companies to small start-up companies looking to achieve a product development project without the need to hire and train a full team. For the last 5 years, he has been running the MEDIC team. Within this team, he has been working with small start-ups, clinicians and larger companies to both assess the technical feasibility of ideas and develop these ideas further. He has also worked on numerous commercialisation projects funded by Enterprise Ireland and valued at €1.2m, which have been in the medical device field and air scrubbing technology. His core area of research is in robotics with an emphasis on the use of robotics to enhance human abilities rather than replace. Current research focuses on co-operative robotics to allow ageing or people with lifelong conditions to live independently in their own homes. Further specialist areas, which he has been collaborating and working on, are in food printing technology, and bio-printers, which offer adaptive bio-printing systems in currently available bio-inks and advanced biomaterials.

His role with the HIHI is to work with clinicians to help understand and formulate their ideas and to evaluate the proposal from a technical perspective, also to outline funding opportunities to research the idea further. He also works with smaller start-up companies who can benefit from his technical experience.

Team Members

Mr Dave Shanahan
Chair of the National Oversight Group of Health Innovation Hub Ireland
Professor John R. Higgins
HIHI Lead PI, University College Cork and Cork University Maternity Hospital
Dr. Martin O’Halloran
Professor Seamas Donnelly
HIHI PI, Trinity College Dublin
Mr. Daithí Fallon
HIHI PI, Cork Institute of Technology
Dr. Colman Casey
HIHI National Director, University College Cork
Dr. Tanya Mulcahy
HIHI National Manager, University College Cork
Gillian Dwyer O’Mahony
HIHI Research Support Officer, University College Cork
Noel Murphy
HIHI Clinical Liaison and HSE Biomedical Engineer, Cork University Hospital
Noreen Lynch
HIHI Clinical Liaison and HSE Clinical Nurse Manager, Bantry University Hospital
Niamh Allen
HIHI Clinical Liaison and Clinical Nurse Manager, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital
Jane O’Flynn
HIHI Manager, Cork Institute of Technology
Caroline McGarry
Communications and PR Lead
Paddy McGowan
HIHI Technology Development Advisor, Cork Institute of Technology
Eimear Galvin
HIHI Manager, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Jenny Gannon
HSE Clinical Iiasion
Prof. Dan Maher
Education and Innovation Development Advisor, TCD
Dr. Nina Holmes
HIHI Executive Officer, Trinity College Dublin
Lukas Gokas
HIHI Clinical Liaison and HSE Clinical Engineer in TUH
Aisling Dolan
HIHI Manager, NUI Galway
Dr. Diana Hogan Murphy
HIHI Clinical Liaison and HSE Senior Antimicrobial Pharmacist, University Hospital Galway
Leona Halton
HIHI Clinical Liaison and Clinical Nurse Manager, Saolta University Healthcare Group and NUI Galway
Dr. Steven Griffin
Innovation from Healthcare Lead, NUI Galway
Professor Michael Gill
HIHI Academic Advisor, Trinity College Dublin
Professor Joe Eustace
HIHI Academic Advisor, CRF-Cork and University College Cork
Dr. Michael Conall Dennedy
HIHI Academic Advisor, NUI Galway
Professor Martin O’Donnell
HIHI Academic Advisor, HIHI PI, CRF-Galway and NUI Galway
Prof. Timothy O’Brien
HIHI Academic Advisor, NUI Galway
Dr. Paul Anglim
HIHI Innovation Development Adviser