Speakers

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    • Brendan Kennedy - Head of the 3D-NEONET Industry - Academia consortium

      Brendan Kennedy – Head of the 3D-NEONET Industry – Academia consortium 

      Prof.  Breandán Kennedy is head of the 3D-NEONET Industry – Academia consortium. He is Professor of Pharmacology in University College Dublin. and a Research Fellow of the Conway Institute at UCD. The main objective of Breandán’s research group is to develop gene and pharmacological treatments for human blindness. Using zebrafish as an in vivo system, his group identified several families with inherited blindness and have used these to characterise disease progression and evaluate therapies.  They have also developed in vivo assays enabling us to discover novel drugs with specific neuroprotect...

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    • Dr Joan Cahill - Principal Investigator, Centre for Innovative Human System (CIHS), School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

      Dr Joan Cahill – Principal Investigator, Centre for Innovative Human System (CIHS), School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 

      Dr Joan Cahill is a Research Fellow and Principal Investigator at the Centre for Innovation in Human Systems (CIHS), at the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Joan’s research is at the nexus of people, technology and process delivery – focusing on technology-based supports and interventions in the healthcare and aviation domains.     Title: Biopsychosocial models of wellness and the design of new technologies for older adults domicile in residential homes and assisted living communities. Synopsis: The advancement of as...

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    • Kathryn Cormican (Ph.D.) - Lead Research, College of Engineering & Informatics, National University of Ireland Galway.

      Kathryn Cormican (Ph.D.) – Lead Research, College of Engineering & Informatics, National University of Ireland Galway. 

      Kathryn Cormican (Ph.D.) leads research in the College of Engineering & Informatics at the National University of Ireland Galway.  She directs a number of research projects in the area of enterprise systems engineering and technology innovation management. This is an applied research space so it is essential to work closely with industry to identify and prioritize requirements, co-develop solutions and validate and implement new models and systems. The research is multidisciplinary in nature and spans areas such as engineering, technology and business. Kathryn has published widely at inter...

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    • Ken Block - President, Ken Block Consulting

      Ken Block – President, Ken Block Consulting 

      Ken Block is an internationally recognized expert in medical device regulations. He has been an invited speaker in many countries on three continents, covering topics such as software validation, quality system compliance and market entry strategy. His regulatory consulting company has offices in Europe, Asia and North America. In addition, Mr. Block has founded medical device startup incubators in Dallas and Tokyo, and has acted as VP QA/RA for several medical device startup companies.​       Title: Software Validation of Medtech Apps & Wearable...

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    • David Hannon - Research & Development Manager, Hollister Incorporated

      David Hannon – Research & Development Manager, Hollister Incorporated 

      David Hannon is Research and Development Manager for Hollister. David leads a team of Scientists and Engineers in developing the next generation of medical technologies and products. He is an innovator with 11 granted patents and more in examination.     Title: Growth through Innovation Synopsis:  Through the introduction of market changing technologies and product design Hollister has achieved and sustained remarkable growth over the last decade. This is evidenced by significant expansion of the manufacturing plant in Ballina, Co.Mayo. ...

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    • Dr Anne-Marie Miller - Project Manager, CRDI / CÚRAM Partnership

      Dr Anne-Marie Miller – Project Manager, CRDI / CÚRAM Partnership 

      Dr Anne-Marie Miller is Manager of the Clinical Research Development Ireland (CRDI) / CÚRAM Partnership Project which focuses on analysis of changes in the regulatory environment for medical devices, and the development of training and information resources to support research and innovation. Anne-Marie, an experienced multidisciplinary scientific research coordinator, holds a PhD in Neuroscience from TCD.   Title: “ Developing key structures and resources to support medical device clinical research in Ireland”. Sysnopsis: This talk will focus on...

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    • Denise Carthy - Project Manager, IBEC

      Denise Carthy – Project Manager, IBEC 

      Denise Carthy joined IBEC in June 2016 to manage the development and implementation of new industry led Manufacturing and Polymer apprenticeships. Denise possess over 20 years experience contributing to projects as an engineer, designer and project manager, prior to joining IBEC Denise worked in Dublin City University managing the translation and development of next generation biomedical diagnostic devices. Prior to DCU she joined a nanotechnology start-up company spun out of University College Dublin. Her early years as an engineer were spent working in the manufacturing sector in Ireland whe...

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    • Anne O'Donnell - Director of Microbiology, Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS) and CLS MedPharma

      Anne O’Donnell – Director of Microbiology, Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS) and CLS MedPharma 

      Anne is a native of Donegal and has 20 years of in-depth experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. She works with a wide range of national and international clients, consulting and providing them with expertise on new system design, quality and technology, as well as training and validation. CLS is the largest privately owned contract laboratory in Ireland and supplies microbiological and analytical testing, and fully trained analysts on contract to clients in the food, environmental, medical device and pharmaceutical industries.  CLS have two facilities in the west of...

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    • Padhraig Ryan - Lecturer, TCD

      Padhraig Ryan – Lecturer, TCD 

      Padhraig Ryan has a background as a pharmacist, health economist, and lecturer in health informatics. He is a research fellow in the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. His work investigates areas such as medical decision making, machine learning, and natural language processing. Dr. Ryan served as a health economics advisor in the Central Bank of Ireland, and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Harvard Medical School. He earned his undergraduate degree in Pharmacy, a diploma in Statistics, and a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University ...

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    • Emmet Kearney – Business Development Manager, TWi

      Emmet Kearney – Business Development Manager, TWi 

      Enabling businesses to further reduce Human Error rates and improve the efficiency of their staff training! Emmet is responsible for Business Development at Technically Write IT (TWi), a leading provider of technical writing and information design solutions, serving some of the largest companies in ICT, Life Sciences, Utilities and more. We focus on understanding your business needs and producing user-friendly documentation that has a positive impact on your business and manufacturing processes. We work on deliverables like user manuals, technical guides, online help, training material, and...

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    • Cormac Ó Tighearnaigh - Chief Executive Ireland, Fine Grain Properties

      Cormac Ó Tighearnaigh – Chief Executive Ireland, Fine Grain Properties 

      Cormac is CEO of Fine Grain Property in Ireland with more than 20 years’ experience in real estate and private equity. Previously he was the CFO and Deputy CEO of Amaris Hospitality with responsibility for a portfolio of 80 hotels across the UK and Ireland. Title: Positioning your business for talent Synopsis: Every business, no matter the industry, size, operation or service, their top priority is always the same – recruiting and retaining talent. We will talk through the critical factors for success as well as the latest approach in ensuring you are considering all the factors

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    • David Cooney - Senior Consultant and Head of Precision Medicine, Blue Latitude Health, NYC

      David Cooney – Senior Consultant and Head of Precision Medicine, Blue Latitude Health, NYC 

      After studying Biochemistry and structural biology at Trinity College, David joined the Imperial College Drug Discovery Lab developing kinase inhibitors before moving into insight and strategy at Brand Sight, where he worked on some of Roche’s biggest oncology brands. He since moved to Blue Latitude health to help open the New York office and support on launch of breakthrough monoclonal antibodies and first in class precision medicines.   Title: Understanding the opportunity of precision medicine Synopsis: The move to precision medicine should pr...

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    • David Casey - Wellness & Health Promotion Manager, DeCare Dental Insurance Ireland Ltd.

      David Casey – Wellness & Health Promotion Manager, DeCare Dental Insurance Ireland Ltd. 

      David Casey RDN holds a national certificate in biology and a specialist certificate in oral health with health promotion. He is currently completing his MA in Health Promotion at the School of Health Sciences at the National University of Ireland, Galway. David has over 9 years clinical experience in healthcare and has worked over the last 6 years designing, building and implementing wellness and education programs for over 500 companies across Ireland and the UK. He has also completed courses in essentials in palliative care training and essentials in Dementia care training. In June 2014, Da...

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    • Doug Gordon - CEO, DDG Performance Optimisation and Body Health and Soul

      Doug Gordon – CEO, DDG Performance Optimisation and Body Health and Soul 

      Doug is CEO of DDG Performance Optimisation and Body Health and Soul. Doug is the former Head of Sales/Marketing for Davy, a former national league hockey player, an International speaker, a performance/life/business/mindset/meditation coach, a Master teacher of 5 modalities of healing and a radio presenter.   Title: "Optimise you energy, Optimise your Life" - the secret to perfect health Synopsis: After stress, depression, 2 operations and a near death experience I went from going to the doctor in the past almost every second week to now going o...

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    • Patrick Fitzgerald – CBT Therapist MyMind/Director, Limerick Mental Health Week

      Patrick Fitzgerald – CBT Therapist MyMind/Director, Limerick Mental Health Week 

      Patrick has been actively involved in the mental health scene of the Mid-West for a number of years managing various projects and speaking about the issues being faced by today’s society. Along with Practicing as a CBT therapist, Patrick sits on a number of management boards across Limerick.     Title:   Perception of Mental Health Synopsis: What is Mental Health? Scientific vs Humanistic Public vs Private The marketability of Mental Health Mental Health in the workplace Are we moving in the right direction?

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    • Paul Flanagan - General Manager, Camfil

      Paul Flanagan – General Manager, Camfil 

      Paul Flanagan is General Manager of Camfil Ireland. Paul works with many hospitals around Ireland in offering advice for the best clean air solutions available to solve Air Quality problems that might exist. Pauls work with hospitals has included helping hospitals reduce the risk of Nosocomial Aspergillosis during construction works.   Title: Mitigating the risk of Nosocomial Aspergillosis in Hospitals Synopsis: During construction and renovation of hospitals Aspergillosis is often released into the atmosphere. To healthy people this is not a pro...

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    • Lisa Power - Senior Occupational Therapist, HSE – Waterford

      Lisa Power – Senior Occupational Therapist, HSE – Waterford 

      BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, PGCert  Sensory Integration, PGCert  Autism Spectrum Disorder, Diploma in Health Science with Physiology. Post Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate Student at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA.   Title: Occupational Therapy Role with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Synopsis: Occupational Therapists are concerned with supporting health and participation in life through engagement in occupation. Occupational therapy interventions for individuals with ASD are designed in response to indi...

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    • Sinead Mitchell - Nutritional Therapist, Pharma Nord

      Sinead Mitchell – Nutritional Therapist, Pharma Nord 

      Sinead Mitchell has a background in Marketing and Public Relations before changing career to an area of great interest, health and nutrition. Sinead graduated with a diploma in Nutritional Science Therapeutics ( DipNST) as a Nutritional Therapist from the Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health. She has worked in the area of nutrition and weight loss for the past 5 years, previously with Dr Eva Orsmond in the Orsmond clinics and now as a Training Coordinator for Professionals with Pharma Nord, Danish nutritional supplements company. Title: Documentation is key when choosing a supplement ...

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    • Paul Moran - Directorate Operations Manager, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.

      Paul Moran – Directorate Operations Manager, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. 

      With almost 25 years’ experience in a variety of healthcare organisations, Paul has held a variety of roles including clinical, technology, operations and quality. A Mental Health Nurse, he holds an MSc in Computer Science from TCD and an MBA from Smurfit, UCD. He has lectured and published in the areas of Health Informatics and Organisational Learning.   Title: Creative thinking in health care What does it mean? Moving from an encounter-based model, where a disease is treated; to a person centric model where health is a continuum. The value of creative design thinking H...

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    • Gregg Marsh - Director , Synergise Personal Training

      Gregg Marsh – Director , Synergise Personal Training 

      Gregg Marsh is a Dublin Weight Loss Expert and Fitness Author. Gregg is also the Director of Synergise Personal Training, a dedicated weight loss and detox service based in Belarmine, close to Sandyford, Dublin. At Synergise we believe in Real Weight Loss for Real People in an environment that promotes a community spirit, with help and support from both the Coaching Team and Fellow Members. We want to reduce your stress not increase it; “Friendly But Firm” is our style. We know what it means to go through the ups and downs, how to break the plateau when everything stalls. At Synergise...

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    • Maria Zielinska -  Director of Nursing , The Talbot Group

      Maria Zielinska – Director of Nursing , The Talbot Group 

      Maria is a director of nursing In Talbot Lodge Nursing Home in Malahide. Achieved Joint Commision International accreditation for Long term care facility in 2017. She completed BSc in General Nursing in Medical University of Warsaw in 2007 and has been working in elderly care for over 10 years. Her main goal is to deliver person centred and compassionate care.   Title: My life my choice- promoting and respecting rights of residents in Irish nursing homes. Synopsis: Life doesn't change after admission to nursing home. This presentation will give a...

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    • Breanna Coyle - Training Coordinator, Irish Family Planning Association

      Breanna Coyle – Training Coordinator, Irish Family Planning Association 

      Training Coordinator working in a sexual health non-profit organization since 2010. Skilled in Training, Facilitation, Sexuality Education, Business Administration IT and Design, Body Therapy, Organic Horticulture, Fine Arts and Costume design. Presently completing a BSc. (Honours) in Applied Psychology from Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology 2018.     Synopsis: Many parents/carers of a child who has a disability/extra support needs fear the time when the child starts reaching the years of puberty. They may also dread the time when their c...

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    • Patrick Little - CEO, Migraine Association of Ireland

      Patrick Little – CEO, Migraine Association of Ireland 

      Since 2008 Patrick Little has been CEO of the Migraine Association of Ireland which represents and supports people with migraine and other headache disorders. He is a Board member of the Neurological Alliance of Ireland and also a Board Member and Treasurer of the European Headache Alliance.   Title: Migraine: Not just a headache Synopsis: On any given day in Ireland, 13,000 people are suffering from migraine. In this talk, Patrick Little will discuss the key issues surrounding mi...

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    • Carol McNamara - Training and Education Manager, The National Screening Service

      Carol McNamara – Training and Education Manager, The National Screening Service 

      Carol McNamara is Training and Education Manager for the National Screening Services Health ,HSE. Formerly a nurse and midwife - she has worked in medical education for 16 years.   Topic: Preventing Cervical Cancer in Ireland Synopsis: This presentation would outline the key steps on the road to Ireland having developed a world class cervical screening programme in CervicalCheck – the National Screening Service The aim of the screening programme to reduce the mortality and morbidity of cervical cancer of women in Ireland can  be achieved throu...

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    • Dr. Simon Furney - StAR Research Lecturer in Genomic Medicine, RCSI

      Dr. Simon Furney – StAR Research Lecturer in Genomic Medicine, RCSI 

      Dr. Simon Furney is a StAR Research Lecturer in Genomic Medicine and Principal Investigator of the Genomic Oncology Research Group at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. His expertise is in Next Generation Sequencing, Cancer Bioinformatics & Genomics and Genomic Medicine. His research programme at RCSI is focused on Genomic Medicine underpinned by genomics and next generation sequencing technologies, with a particular emphasis on Oncology. Title: Genomic Medicine in the 21st Century Synopsis: This presentation will focus on the use of genomic t...

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    • Michelle Marsh - International Training Manager, Therapie Clinic

      Michelle Marsh – International Training Manager, Therapie Clinic 

      As the International Training Manager for Europe’s leading laser company, my role is not only fast paced and exciting but extremely rewarding. At Therapie, our business model is solely 5 Star - this incorporates 5* treatments, 5* results using the leading global based technologies and, most importantly, 5* customer service.   To say “I love what I do” would be an understatement to - to me, my job is my hobby. Being the person to mould budding new team members into their best selves and to start their journey’s on the Therapie Career ladder is an amazing role to be in and I nev...

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    • Dr. Liam Doherty - Consultant Physician in Respiratory and General (Internal) Medicine, Bon Secours Cork

      Dr. Liam Doherty – Consultant Physician in Respiratory and General (Internal) Medicine, Bon Secours Cork 

      Liam Doherty has worked full-time at the Bon Secours Cork since 2006. He graduated in Medicine in UCD in 1993 and was later awarded an MD based on upper airway physiology during sleep. He received further training at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle. He maintains strong research interests in Sleep Medicine.   Title: In need of a good night’s sleep – or the consequences of sleep deprivation Synopsis: There are international recommendations that we aspire to getting 7 to 9 hours sleep per night. This is based on evidence that poor sleep can lead to ...

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    • Colm O’Rourke - Business Development Officer, NSAI Medical Devices

      Colm O’Rourke – Business Development Officer, NSAI Medical Devices 

      Colm O’Rourke is the Business Development Officer for NSAI Medical Devices. Colm joined the NSAI in 2016 and works in the organisation’s offices in Galway. Colm is a trained medical scientist and has worked in hospital laboratories in Ireland and Australia. He worked for a number of years with a Point of Care diagnostics company in both the sales and applications side of the business. Colm is a graduate of UCC with a BSc in Biomedical Science.     Title: Notified Body Update on new Regulatory Landscape Synopsis: Colm will discuss the late...

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    • Karen Brennan - Advanced Nurse Practitioner , HSE

      Karen Brennan – Advanced Nurse Practitioner , HSE 

      Karen has been chairperson of the Irish Association of Advanced Nurse Midwife Practitioners since 2014, promoting Advanced Nurse Midwifery practice at a national and International level. For the past 11 years she has worked in the Emergency Department of South Tipperary General Hospital. A graduate of Trinity College, Karen’s qualifications include a Postgraduate diploma in clinical practice and an MSc degree. She is a registered Nurse tutor and a registered Nurse Prescriber in both ionising radiation and medicinal products. Her career includes a three year term as clinical facilitator in Emer...

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    • James Connolly - Senior Physicist, Hermitage Medical Clinic

      James Connolly – Senior Physicist, Hermitage Medical Clinic 

      Title: The Cyberknife for Ireland   Synopsis: This talk will focus on giving an overview of how we use The Cyberknife machine to deliver stereotactic radiotherapy. The talk will consist of a machine overview which will detail its unique capabilities. Some sample treatment plans will be shown onscreen so that attendees can Get a feel for what this machine does. These will show both benign and malignant targets.

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    • Chloe Leddy - Sport Centre Specialist, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

      Chloe Leddy – Sport Centre Specialist, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland 

      Chloe Leddy is a graduate of B.Sc. Sport Science and Health from Dublin City University. In her final year, she specialized in the area of sport performance analysis, biomechanics and musculoskeletal injuries. After graduation, she lived in London where she studied Personal Training for one year. She now works as a Sport Centre Specialist at The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.   Title: Health, Fitness and Youth Populations: A Balanced Approach Synopsis: I would like to talk about health and fitness from a multi-dimensional point of view. Th...

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    • Eibhlín Mulroe - Chief Executive, Cancer Trials Ireland

      Eibhlín Mulroe – Chief Executive, Cancer Trials Ireland 

      Ms Mulroe was appointed CEO of the Cancer Trials Ireland (formerly ICORG) in June 2015 and manages a cross functional team of clinical program leads, Data & Statistics, Quality and Pharmacovigilance. She works to implement the strategic plan in consultation with the Dr Jonathan Westrup, Chair of the Board of Directors and Prof Bryan Hennessy, Clinical Lead.  Under her leadership, in 2016, Cancer Trials Ireland rebranded and established a Patient Advocate Advisory Group. Cancer Trials Ireland is a not for profit organisation with a mission to bring Irish patients early access to the late...

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    • Michael John Norton - Peer Support Worker

      Michael John Norton – Peer Support Worker 

      Michael John Norton is a PhD student and Peer Support Worker for the Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary mental health services. He has spent the last few years being an advocate for mental health within the CHO5 catchment area through his involvement in local consumer panels, involvement centres and ARI groups.   Title: The Professionalization of the Peer Supporter Role in Ireland: Historical Analysis and Future Developments. Presentation: Peer support has been defined as a naturally occurring, spontaneous and voluntary phenomenon that incorporate...

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    • Alison Clarke - Assistant Psychologist at Honan and Associates and Research Assistant , Our Lady's Hospital Crumlin

      Alison Clarke – Assistant Psychologist at Honan and Associates and Research Assistant , Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin 

      ince graduating with a Psychology degree and MSc in Psychological Science Alison has worked as an Assistant Psychologist in St. John of God services and in the Rutland Addiction Centre. Alison currently works in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital evaluating the effectiveness of reflexology in reducing symptoms in children/adolescents with cancer.     Title: Challenges in conducting a Randomised Control Trial (RCT) of Reflexology in Children and Adolescents with Cancer: the experience to date Introduction: Children and adolescents with cancer ...

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    • Brigitte Cullen - Activities Co-ordinator and Care Support Worker, Cheshire Ireland

      Brigitte Cullen – Activities Co-ordinator and Care Support Worker, Cheshire Ireland 

      I moved from the Netherlands to Ireland in 1985. I have held a wide variety of positions in the Care Sector, mainly with adults with physical disabilities and elderly people. I am most passionate in my role of Activities Co-ordinator.   Title:  Activities- 'Just game playing?' Synopsis: I would like to talk about the importance of an Activities Co-ordinator. It is a unique opportunity to get to know the whole person, past, present and future. Through assisted, personalised activities such as arts and crafts, reading, computer skills, cooking a...

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    • Philip Byrne - Founder, eBuild Web Solutions

      Philip Byrne – Founder, eBuild Web Solutions 

      Philip Byrne has over eighteen years of web development experience. Originally working on RTE Game shows, he was soon lured to the then new online medium of the web. After working thirteen years for a large IT company, he decided in 2013 to set up his own company, where he specializes in building engaging web solutions.     Title: Your Website Health Check. Website design and development guidelines 2018 Synopsis:  The time has come to end bad websites, once and for all. Let’s look at how clients and developers carried out this trend of lo...

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    • Daniel O'Connell - Solicitor, Coleman Legal Partners

      Daniel O’Connell – Solicitor, Coleman Legal Partners 

      Daniel is a Solicitor with Coleman Legal Partners, a firm that practices in medical negligence claims as well as ‘multi party action’ type litigation. He represents both individuals and groups of people in cases involving pharmaceutical and medical device products ranging from; defective implants, TVT Mesh cases and the anti-malaria drug Lariam. In representing ordinary people against companies that are often large multinationals or the State, he will discuss the long journey for the victim in these types of cases and how the new Multi-Party Action Bill 2017 will change how ‘mass harm’ cases w...

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    • Paul A. Cahill - Full Professor and  Director of the Vascular Biology and Therapeutics Labs, DCU

      Paul A. Cahill – Full Professor and Director of the Vascular Biology and Therapeutics Labs, DCU 

      Prof Cahill is an NIH, EU, Health Research Board and SFI-funded Principal Investigator with over 25 years of experience working in the vascular biology translational research space both in Ireland and the US. He has previously worked on industry projects with several Medtech companies including Medtronic AVE, General Electric (GE), Bristol Myers Squibb, Elan Corporation, Bayer AG Healthcare and Solvotrin Innovations Ltd.     Title: Drug-Eluting Stents for the 21st Century Synopsis: Arteriosclerotic disease leading to obstructed arteries i...

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    • Eimear Carroll - Senior R&D Researcher, AnaBio Technologies LTD

      Eimear Carroll – Senior R&D Researcher, AnaBio Technologies LTD 

      Ms. Eimear Carroll is an R&D Researcher focusing on the optimisation of oil and probiotic matrix formulations, encapsulation methods and drying protocols. A graduate from the MSc. Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation course in University College Cork and BSc. Biology, Maynooth University she found a passion for bringing science to new and innovative markets. In Cork she discovered a vibrant city with a strong emphasis on bringing academic research to commercialisation in the biotech sector. Eimear joined the team at AnaBio Technologies several years ago to continue to develop her scie...

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    • Dr Niall O’Reilly - Manager, Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC), WIT

      Dr Niall O’Reilly – Manager, Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC), WIT 

      Niall joined the PMBRC as Centre Manager in 2009 and has over 15 years R&D experience in the life sciences sector in industry and academia. His research interests include drug product formulation, drug delivery and analytical science. He holds a B.Sc. in Industry Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry.     Title: Innovation at the life sciences-engineering interface Synopsis:  Niall will be discussing some case studies from the PMBRC, WIT at the life sciences-engineering interface including biosensor development, drug delivery an...

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    • Sinéad Murnane - Research Fellow, Community Manager, Innovation Value Institute, Maynooth University

      Sinéad Murnane – Research Fellow, Community Manager, Innovation Value Institute, Maynooth University 

      Sinéad is a Research Fellow and Community Manager at the Innovation Value Institute in Maynooth University.  Her research is concerned with exploring collaboration and knowledge sharing in multi-disciplinary and knowledge-intensive environments. She is a Fulbright Scholar and is currently Vice President of the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association.     Title: Getting Better at Doing Stuff: How maturity frameworks can help Synopsis: Maturity frameworks are tools that harness real-world experience from inside the organisation and bring it toge...

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    • Maureen Walsh - Managing Director, DeCare Dental Operations and DeCare Dental Insurance Ireland

      Maureen Walsh – Managing Director, DeCare Dental Operations and DeCare Dental Insurance Ireland 

      Originally from the US, Maureen moved to Ireland in 1999 to help establish DeCare Operations Ireland Limited, a claims and shared services centre based in Claremorris, Co. Mayo. Maureen has led DeCare Dental Insurance Ireland from start-up stages to become Ireland’s only specialist dental insurer and oral health company. DeCare is proud to serve individuals and companies throughout Ireland, ranging in size from 10 to 5000 staff. Maureen has a Bachelor of Science (Marketing) from Boston College Carroll School of Management, a Masters of Business Administration from the National University of...

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    • Linda Hickey - Principal Team Lead, Flexsource Recruitment

      Linda Hickey – Principal Team Lead, Flexsource Recruitment 

      Recruitment and HR CIPD professional with 9 years’ experience managing the full life cycle of employment. Specialist in talent management for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.   Title: How employers can support business goals by finding a balance between hiring in and developing talent  

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    • Dr. Con O'Connor - European, UK and Irish Patent Attorney at Tomkins & Co.

      Dr. Con O’Connor – European, UK and Irish Patent Attorney at Tomkins & Co. 

      Con is a European, UK and Irish Patent Attorney.  Con has extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the life sciences and materials fields across multiple jurisdictions. Con advises clients on infringement issues, developing work-arounds and leveraging their IP.  Con has a PhD in Chemistry.     Title: Patents: Who, What, Where, Why, When, How? Synopsis: The talk provides a brief outline on the patenting process focusing on the Life Sciences sector and provides tips for protecting your ideas.

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    • Richard Burke - Production Specialist, OPEX Site Lead at Teva Baldoyle

      Richard Burke – Production Specialist, OPEX Site Lead at Teva Baldoyle 

      Richard has over 27 years’ experience working in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Richard has worked in a variety of roles, studied in Limerick University (MSc Lean Leadership), and holds the position of Production Specialist / Site OPEX Lead, at Forest Tosara Ltd (Part of the Teva Group). Creating a Culture of engagement, identifying waste, and encouraging associates improve their work, brings great satisfaction to his role.     Title: Change Culture and Continuous Improvement Journey at Forest Tosara Ltd. Synopsis: My presentation will desc...

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    • Denis Hayes - Managing Director, IRDG

      Denis Hayes – Managing Director, IRDG 

      Denis has been with the IRDG since July 2011, he became Managing Director in 2011. He has over 30 years experience in the fields of research, development and innovation. During this time he has worked for leading brand companies and been involved in a variety of new market activity, product launches and product renovation. He has played a leading role in innovations associated with brands such as Cadbury, Yoplait, Avonmore, Kilmeaden, Heinz, Bulmers, Magners and Ballygowan.

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    • Ken Finnegan - Chief Technology Adviser for the Technology Division, IDA

      Ken Finnegan – Chief Technology Adviser for the Technology Division, IDA 

      Ken is the Chief Technology and Research Advisor for IDA Technology Ireland. He advises in innovation and technology both nationally and globally for the agency and client companies. Ken has been responsible for developing Ireland’s value propositions in IoT, A.I., Cyber Security and other technology areas.     Title: Ireland and Innovation. Synopsis: I will cover how Ireland is winning in the Innovation space, the infrastructure and support available for companies (FDI) and talk about the impact of technology and trends.

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    • Bernadette McGahon – Research & Innovation Services Manager at Industry Research & Development Group ,IRDG

      Bernadette McGahon – Research & Innovation Services Manager at Industry Research & Development Group ,IRDG 

      Bernadette is the Research & Innovation services manager at IRDG, Ireland’s leading non-profit, business-led network of member companies and third level institutions. In this role she works closely with indigenous and multinational companies on a wide variety of innovation matters across the main themes of Representation, Funding & Support, Networking, Collaboration and Learning. Bernadette has over 18 years’ experience  in the area of research, development and innovation spanning across academic, industry and public sectors. She has been involved in international research and innov...

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    • Damian Costello- Head of Innovation, Synecco Limited

      Damian Costello- Head of Innovation, Synecco Limited 

      Damian Costello is head of innovation at Synecco and leads the group’s innovation and long-term strategy business; Decode Innovation.Damian specialises in Disruptive Innovation and the changing market dynamics facing the Medtech sector.A prolific speaker on the topic of digital disruption, the digitisation of healthcare and how the Internet of things is driving both,Damian is passionate about helping Ireland become an even more pivotal player in the global Medtech economy. Damian has almost 25 years of consulting experienceacross global multi-nationals to local start-ups in the Medical Devi...

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    • Marie Wallace - Analytics Strategist and Solution Architect, IBM

      Marie Wallace – Analytics Strategist and Solution Architect, IBM 

      Marie Wallace is an Analytics Strategist and Solution Architect for IBM having spent more than a decade building analytics technologies which today underpin such solutions as IBM Watson. In recent years Marie's primary focus has been on the analysis of human data to deliver smarter, personalized and contextualized solutions for individuals and organizations. Marie is a globally recognized thought leader, with an active social media presence and popular blog, AllThingsAnalytics.com....

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    • PJ Moloney - Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Officer & Director, P4ML

      PJ Moloney – Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Officer & Director, P4ML 

      PJ Moloney is a Chemist. He holds Bachelor Degrees in Pharmaceutical Science. His experience in the Chemical Analysis and Life Sciences industries has seen PJ excel in both multinationals and his own respective companies. Having worked with TEVA Pharmaceuticals, he covered all core areas in the Pharmaceutical Industry from Raw materials; In-Process; Finish Products and Stability. Core areas of expertise was in technology transfer from the Israeli and Jerusalem in TEVA on breast cancer products (Tamoxifen & Misoprostol), where new equipment technologies and methods were brought into t...

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    • Peter Conlon - Commercialisation Executive, Maynooth University Commercialisation Office, National University of Ireland Maynooth

      Peter Conlon – Commercialisation Executive, Maynooth University Commercialisation Office, National University of Ireland Maynooth 

      Peter joined the office in 2013 as a Commercialisation Executive focusing on the broad area of of information and communications technologies working from invention disclosure through to spin-off or licence on all projects. Peter is responsible for industry collaborations and contracts is his field and for the development and negotiation of licensing opportunities with industry. He plays a key part in fostering the development of high-tech spin-out companies from the University by supporting business plan and product roadmap development, by advising on how licensed Univer...

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    • Raomal Perera - Consultant, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship INSEAD, Entrepreneur

      Raomal Perera – Consultant, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship INSEAD, Entrepreneur 

      Raomal Perera is a veteran of multiple entrepreneurial ventures and an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at INSEAD and UCD, where he currently teaches and studies entrepreneurship, innovation and the management of rapidly growing companies. Raomal is an educator and loves to work with entrepreneurs. However his primary role is helping established businesses make innovation work. He uses an interesting mix of his hands-on experience of building successful companies and the more recent experience of academia and research in helping companies GET, KEEP and GROW their customers, using a num...

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    • Deirdre Mortell - CEO, Social Innovation Fund Ireland

      Deirdre Mortell – CEO, Social Innovation Fund Ireland 

      Deirdre has built Social Innovation Fund Ireland from the ground up and is also CONNECT’s Social Entrepreneur in Residence. She has twenty years’ experience of changing the world one step at a time. Sometimes by leading and sometimes by contributing in a team setting to deliv...

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    • Rachel Collier - CEO and Co-founder, Young Social Innovators (YSI)

      Rachel Collier – CEO and Co-founder, Young Social Innovators (YSI) 

      Rachel Collier is the CEO and Co-founder of Young Social Innovators (YSI), an organisation that empowers young people to change our world through social innovation education. Passionate about creativity and innovation from an early age, Rachel was one of the first official Communications graduates in Ireland. She specialised in video production, working as a film editor in Paris for UNESCO before returning to Ireland to work with Sr Stanislaus Kennedy (Sr Stan) to carry out research on homeless women in Dublin. Rachel first saw the real power of social innovation when she and Sr Stan set...

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    • Philippe Brodeur - CEO and Founder, Overcast

      Philippe Brodeur – CEO and Founder, Overcast 

      Philippe Brodeur is the CEO and Founder of Overcast (www.overcasthq.com).  It’s the first cloud based video asset management platform designed for professionals who are sick and tired of wrestling to store, share, distribute and most importantly collaborate on video content.  Stop fiddling with Dropbox, Wetransfer, memory sticks and hundreds of emails – just use Overcast. Philippe has 25 years’ experience working in TV and online video.  He started his career in London with the BBC before moving to Ireland in the late 90s to help launch TV3.  In 2007 he founded TV3.ie and went on to build a...

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    • Dr. Karl Thomas - Innovation Consultant, Creatovation

      Dr. Karl Thomas – Innovation Consultant, Creatovation 

      Dr. Karl Thomas is an innovation consultant and speaker. Karl holds a Ph.D from Trinity College Dublin and has lectured at Trinity, D.I.T and is currently a course designer and guest speaker at A.I.T in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Karl delivers training in Critical, Creative and Innovative Thinking, through www.Creatovation.ie     Title: Innovative Leading for Leading Innovation Synopsis: In 2016, the educated expectation was that it would be approximately a decade before Boston Dynamics' A...

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    • Dr Federico Lucantoni, M.Sc., PhD - Postdoctoral researcher, Royal College of Surgeons, Centre for Systems Medicine

      Dr Federico Lucantoni, M.Sc., PhD – Postdoctoral researcher, Royal College of Surgeons, Centre for Systems Medicine 

      Federico is a molecular biologist and postdoctoral researcher in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Centre for Systems Medicine, under the supervisions of Prof. Jochen Prehn. His research focuses on testing a computational model, previously developed in the department by Dr. Andreas Lindner, to predict chemotherapeutic responses in breast cancer. His project also involves studying how to modulate breast cancer metabolism to stop the progression of this disease.     Title: A system modelling approach for personalised medicine in breast cancer ...

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    • Dr. Gráinne Kelly - Principal Specialist Clinical Psychologist in St Louise’s Unit, Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin

      Dr. Gráinne Kelly – Principal Specialist Clinical Psychologist in St Louise’s Unit, Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin 

      Dr. Gráinne Kelly is the Principal Specialist Clinical Psychologist in St Louise’s Unit at Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin. She has a Master’s in Research from University College Dublin and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Trinity College Dublin. She has worked as a clinical psychologist with complex cases in the community, in intellectual disability services and with young people at the moderate to severe end of mental health difficulty (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) for over twenty years. Clinical experience has also been achieved with neuropsychology, child sexual abuse an...

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    • Christian Pinto - Research Scientist, High Performance Systems group, IBM Research - Ireland

      Christian Pinto – Research Scientist, High Performance Systems group, IBM Research – Ireland 

      Christian Pinto holds a PhD in Informatics and Electronics Engineering (2015) and has been involved in various research activities on high performance computing systems, embedded systems and virtualization technologies. He recently joined IBM Research - Ireland in the High Performance Systems group to work on disrupting Cloud Computing technologies and Artificial Intelligence.     Title: IBM Research – Ireland, European industrial hub for Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive technologies Synopsis: Artificial Intelligence is expected to p...

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    • Dr. Rukmani Sridharan – Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Anatomy, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Editor, Medgadget

      Dr. Rukmani Sridharan – Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Anatomy, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Editor, Medgadget 

      Rukmani is a postdoctoral researcher in Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), where she is developing novel biomaterials to promote wound healing. She recently completed her PhD in RCSI where she identified several properties of biomaterials that promote successful tissue regeneration. She completed her master's in biomedical engineering (from Czech Republic and Ireland) and has expertise in diverse biomedical solutions such as immune engineering, nerve regeneration and stem cell therapy. She is also an editor of Medgadget, a medical technology website that reports on the latest advance...

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    • Dr Anne-Marie Miller - Project Manager CRDI - CÚRAM Partnership , Clinical Research Development Ireland

      Dr Anne-Marie Miller – Project Manager CRDI – CÚRAM Partnership , Clinical Research Development Ireland 

      Dr Anne-Marie Miller is Manager of the Clinical Research Development Ireland (CRDI) / CÚRAM Partnership Project which focuses on analysis of changes in the regulatory environment for medical devices, and the development of training and information resources to support research and innovation. Anne-Marie, an experienced multidisciplinary scientific research coordinator, holds a PhD in Neuroscience from TCD.   Title: Developing key structures and resources to support medical device clinical research in Ireland Synopsis: This talk will focus on the ...

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    • Barbara Diehl - Executive Director , The Innovation Academy, UCD

      Barbara Diehl – Executive Director , The Innovation Academy, UCD 

      I am an experienced and multilingual professional who has worked at every cornerstone of the innovation triangle of policy, academia and business. I have extensive expertise, knowledge, connections and networks in the following areas: • Early-stage venture creation • Experiential entrepreneurship education, teaching & training • Design-Thinking and intrapreneurship • Technology transfer & spin-outs • Business planning, development & strategy for start-ups • Investment raising • Start-up mentoring • Venture creation in developing economies • Science & innovation polic...

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    • Dr. Leanne Gregory - Senior Clinical Psychologist at St Louise’s Unit, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin

      Dr. Leanne Gregory – Senior Clinical Psychologist at St Louise’s Unit, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin 

      Leanne is a Senior Clinical Psychologist at St Louise’s Unit, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, where she contributes to multidisciplinary responses to children and families that have experienced sexual abuse.  Dr Gregory has also trained in forensic psychology, and has worked clinically in a range of health, prison, and social work settings, between Scotland and Ireland.  Much of her experience to date has been with service-users, especially young people, considered high risk in terms of vulnerability to harm and/or posing a risk of harm. She has both written, and spoken at national, Eu...

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    • Alan Casey - Partner & European Patent Attorney, FR Kelly

      Alan Casey – Partner & European Patent Attorney, FR Kelly 

      Alan is a European & Irish Patent Attorney, and a European Trade Mark & Design Attorney. Previously he worked in one of the largest IP firms in Seoul, South Korea. Prior to joining the IP profession, Alan was a process engineer in the electronic manufacturing industry. Alan’s areas of expertise include electronics, telecommunications, physics, mechanics, and software/business methods/computer-implemented inventions.     Title: What Intellectual Property should mean to your business Synopsis: What is Intellectual Property, Register...

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    • Krzysztof Kielkiewicz Ph.D. - Psychotherapist, Faculty lecturer at the PCI College, Dublin

      Krzysztof Kielkiewicz Ph.D. – Psychotherapist, Faculty lecturer at the PCI College, Dublin 

      Krzysztof Kielkiewicz has completed his PhD study at the University of Huddersfield, School of Health and Human Sciences, UK. He is a module leader for Psychotherapy & Science: Psychology, Psychiatry & CBT and is establishing Research Committee and academic, peer-reviewed journal at PCI College. He develops concept of dissociation as an underlying condition for mental disorders.   Title: Psychotherapy. A rising leader of mental health Synopsis: The functioning of a human body from the medical perspective is increasingly recognised as a to...

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    • Grace McCarthy - Programme Manager (SFI Centres), Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

      Grace McCarthy – Programme Manager (SFI Centres), Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) 

      Grace works in the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions office which is based in the Irish Universities Association. The Irish MSCA Office provides support to research performing organisations and the private sector on Marie-Sklodowska Curie Action through offering information, training and advice of the different MSCA opportunities.     Title: Funding Opportunities for Companies through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Synopsis: Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions are part of Horizon 2020 the EU framework programme for research and innovat...

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    • Dr Liam Lewis - Centre Manager: Centre for advanced Photonics and Process Analysis, CIT

      Dr Liam Lewis – Centre Manager: Centre for advanced Photonics and Process Analysis, CIT 

      Liam Lewis received his PhD from (UCC) Tyndall Institute in 2007. After working as a post-Doctoral researcher for 12 months he moved to a position of research engineer at the newly formed Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis in 2008. During his time there he worked on several Industry led research projects and successfully raised over €400K worth of project funding for the centre. In 2012 he was promoted to senior researcher, with responsibility for further project management and raising new capital investment. In 2014 he took up the position of Centre Manager. The centre current...

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    • Aisling Roche - Programme Manager, Royal Irish Academy

      Aisling Roche – Programme Manager, Royal Irish Academy 

      Aisling manages the US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards: a joint initiative between the Academy and the American Chamber of Commerce, the awards recognise excellence in research innovation, creation and invention by Irish HEIs, MNCs and SMEs, resulting from US Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Ireland.     Title: US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards Synopsis: The US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards were launched in 2015. A joint initiative of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Chamber of Commerce, the awards recognise excellen...

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    • Duncan Rowe - UK & Ireland Manager, Analytix Ltd

      Duncan Rowe – UK & Ireland Manager, Analytix Ltd 

      Duncan is the Sales Manager for the UK & Ireland and has been with Analytix for over 12 years. He has overseen the expansion and growth of the Milestone product line in the UK and is excited to now be offering these systems in Ireland. Analytix Ltd supplies sample preparation and analytical instrumentation for the chemical and life science markets.   Title: Evolution of the Microwave – discover what the modern Microwave can do for your laboratory

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    • Mike Scannell - European Patent Attorney, FR Kelly

      Mike Scannell – European Patent Attorney, FR Kelly 

      Mike is a qualified European, UK and Irish Patent Attorney, as well as a European Design Attorney.  Mike’s background is in Life Science having graduated from the NUI Galway with an honours degree in Biotechnology, and a PhD in molecular immunology from University College Dublin.  Mike works with clients of all sizes, from large multinationals, to universities, and to individuals and helps them to identify, protect and manage their intellectual property.     Title: Intellectual Property: maximising opportunities and avoiding pitfalls Synopsis:...

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    • Dr Eric Moore - Academic Member Tyndall National Institute, Lecturer School of Chemistry, University College Cork Ireland

      Dr Eric Moore – Academic Member Tyndall National Institute, Lecturer School of Chemistry, University College Cork Ireland 

      Dr Eric Moore heads an independent research group at University College Cork focused on bio/sensing and separation and is also an academic member at Tyndall National Institute. He is the programme director for the taught postgraduate courses in Analytical Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at University College Cork.     Title: Industry-led teaching – an innovative approach and its impact on the scholarship of teaching and learning Synopsis: Traditionally academics haven’t seen the need or value to consult with industry about what we sh...

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    • Dr Barry Murphy - Chief Technology Officer, Electrical Analytics

      Dr Barry Murphy – Chief Technology Officer, Electrical Analytics 

      Co-founder and CTO of power grid monitoring start-up Electrical Analytics. Barry’s background is with the Applied Physics Research Group, TCD, and he is applying his knowledge of data science to the problems being faced by electrical distribution grid operators. electrical-analytics.com     Title: Monitoring the Heart of the Grid Synopsis: Traditionally the power grid is divided into three levels – Generation, Transmission and Distribution. We are interested in the low voltage transformers...

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    • Dr Tim Yeomans - Centre Manager, Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre

      Dr Tim Yeomans – Centre Manager, Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre 

      Dr Tim Yeomans is the Centre Manager for Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, a collaboration between Limerick Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology, Tralee. Tim holds a PhD in Microbiology and postgraduate qualifications in Technology Commercialisation and Innovation Management. Tim is responsible for the scientific direction of the Centre, intellectual property management and business and technology development.     Title: Driving innovation through diversity Synopsis: Diversity is essential for innovation, to bring t...

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    • Barry Fitzgerald - Senior Research Fellow, Limerick Institute of Technology

      Barry Fitzgerald – Senior Research Fellow, Limerick Institute of Technology 

      Barry Fitzgerald is a Senior Research Fellow at Limerick Institute of Technology. An electronic engineer with a background in the technology sector, he currently manages INCASE, an innovation partnership between LIT, Vistamed Limited and Cook Medical Limited. He is also completing a PhD in the application of machine learning to flash memory.     Title:  INtelligent Cognitive Assisitance SystEm (INCASE): An Innovation Partnership Synopsis: The latest trends in Information & Communication Technology (ICT), automation and production, col...

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    • Dermot Tierney – Intellectual Property & Licensing Manager, The Queen’s University of Belfast

      Dermot Tierney – Intellectual Property & Licensing Manager, The Queen’s University of Belfast 

      Dermot is a technology transfer and commercialisation manager with experience in both the UK and Irish markets. He speaks about himself in the third person, knows a bit about university knowledge transfer, technology start-ups, IP and technology licensing and loves negotiating deals.     Title:Technology licensing and spinning out from universities – how companies and entrepreneurs can maximise the opportunity and limit the risks. Synopsis: A look at the approaches of some universities to structuring licenses and spin outs based on univer...

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    • David Hannon - Research & Development Manager, Hollister Incorporated

      David Hannon – Research & Development Manager, Hollister Incorporated 

      David Hannon is Research and Development Manager for Hollister. David leads a team of Scientists and Engineers in developing the next generation of medical technologies and products. He is an innovator with 11 granted patents and more in examination.     Title: Growth through Innovation Synopsis:  Through the introduction of market changing technologies and product design Hollister has achieved and sustained remarkable growth over the last decade. This is evidenced by significant expansion of the manufacturing plant in Ballina, Co.Mayo. ...

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    • Fergal Finn - Standards Development Officer, NSAI

      Fergal Finn – Standards Development Officer, NSAI 

      Fergal Finn is a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from University Limerick. He has been a Standard Officer with NSAI since 2008 project managing Technical Standards Committees.  Drilling in the oil & gas industry forms the backbone of his engineering professional experience.  He is part of the Business Development Standards Development team in NSAI focusing on supporting SME's through standardization.  He is also tasked with promoting Irish participation in the development of International (ISO) and European (EN) Standards in emerging technologies such as Additive Manufacturing, Industri...

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    • Dr Niall O’Reilly - Manager, Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC), WIT

      Dr Niall O’Reilly – Manager, Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC), WIT 

      Niall joined the PMBRC as Centre Manager in 2009 and has over 15 years R&D experience in the life sciences sector in industry and academia. His research interests include drug product formulation, drug delivery and analytical science. He holds a B.Sc. in Industry Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry.     Title: Innovation at the life sciences-engineering interface Synopsis:  Niall will be discussing some case studies from the PMBRC, WIT at the life sciences-engineering interface including biosensor development, drug delivery an...

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    • Sinéad Murnane - Research Fellow, Community Manager, Innovation Value Institute, Maynooth University

      Sinéad Murnane – Research Fellow, Community Manager, Innovation Value Institute, Maynooth University 

      Sinéad is a Research Fellow and Community Manager at the Innovation Value Institute in Maynooth University.  Her research is concerned with exploring collaboration and knowledge sharing in multi-disciplinary and knowledge-intensive environments. She is a Fulbright Scholar and is currently Vice President of the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association.     Title: Getting Better at Doing Stuff: How maturity frameworks can help Synopsis: Maturity frameworks are tools that harness real-world experience from inside the organisation and bring it toge...

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    • Dr Cristian Olarlu - Research Engineer, IBM

      Dr Cristian Olarlu – Research Engineer, IBM 

      Dr. Cristian Olariu is a Research Engineer in IBM Innovation Exchange in Dublin, Ireland. He is currently working on IoT and automotive projects that focus on IoT device-to-cloud communications, automotive cognitive solutions and cloud and edge infrastructures to support ADAS development. He has 10 years experience in the IT sector, with background in electronics, telecommunications, embedded hardware, system integration, software development and data analytics. He is currently involved in VI-DAS (Vision Inspired Driver Assistance Systems), an EU H2020 project, with main responsibilities on ve...

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    • Joe P Dowling - R&D Director, Bausch + Lomb, Waterford

      Joe P Dowling – R&D Director, Bausch + Lomb, Waterford 

      Joe Dowling has worked for Bausch + Lomb for over 20 years in a range of engineering and R&D roles. He leads the R&D activities on the Waterford site consisting of approximately 45 scientists, engineers and technicians. Prior to Bausch + Lomb, he worked in Loctite (now Henkel), Dublin. Joe has a B.Sc. & Ph.D. in Chemistry from University College Dublin and Management qualifications from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), Trinity College Dublin and the ACCA. He has been involved in many voluntary organisations and is currently a Director of the Waterford & Su...

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    • Denise Manton - Technology Gateway Manager, TSSG

      Denise Manton – Technology Gateway Manager, TSSG 

      Denise is the Technology Gateway Manager for TSSG and her main remit is to drive and facilitate collaboration between industry and TSSG researchers and engineers.  She has led multiple successful projects across technology areas spanning mobile services, cloud computing, pervasive sensing, algorithmic led movement/gait analysis and IoT. Prior to joining TSSG, Denise secured and lead high profile commercial projects both domestic and international for companies predominantly in the Life Sciences sector.     Title: Applied IoT Gateway –Academia and Industry Re...

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    • Dr. Alan Davy - Telecommunications Software & Systems Group, Waterford Institute of Technology

      Dr. Alan Davy – Telecommunications Software & Systems Group, Waterford Institute of Technology 

      Dr. Alan Davy is a Senior Research Fellow and Research Unit Manager at the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group of Waterford Institute of Technology. He is a previous Marie Skodowska Curie fellow, having been hosted Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona before returning to the TSSG in Ireland. He also served as an Assistant Professor at IIT Madras, Chennai. His current research interested include Network Virtualisation, Molecular Communication and TeraHertz Communication. He is currently the coordinator of the H2020 funded TERAPOD Project “ TeraHertz based Ultra High Bandw...

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    • Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra - SEAM Centre Director & Technology Gateway Manager

      Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra – SEAM Centre Director & Technology Gateway Manager 

      Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra currently holds the position of Centre Director and Technology Gateway Manager of SEAM Research Centre. He has significant exposure in the field of X-ray Micro-tomography, Additive Manufacturing and Materials Characterisation technologies. He has established collaboration with over 150 Irish based industries and successfully managed to deliver over 1500 direct funded projects since 2009. Ramesh won the Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) Award 2015 under Industrial Consultancy Impact Category. Title: ThreeD- SEAM’s new Initiative to Enhance Additive Manufacturing Skills ...

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    • Barry Robinson - Director, Forensic, Deloitte

      Barry Robinson – Director, Forensic, Deloitte 

      Barry has 18 years’ experience in the area of forensic and investigations. He is a Chartered Accountant and has acted for clients within the Pharma and Life Sciences sector.     Title: Supply Chain Risk Synopsis: Barry will present on the supply chain risks within the Pharma and Life Sciences Sector, including fraud risks, intellectual property risks, regulatory and reputational risks. He will discuss what companies can do to mitigate these risks and explore how technology, including Blockchain, can be used within the sector as solutions ...

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