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.