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Needs based medical device innovation: A personal account of the BioInnovate Ireland Programme

  • Date(s)
    Tuesday, 27 February 2018
  • Time(s)
    From 6:00 PM
  • Venue
    Dr Joe Higgins Lecture Theatre, ENG-G018, Alice Perry Engineering Building, NUI Galway

About the event

BioInnovate Ireland is a medical device innovation programme that aims to drive medical technology development and commercialisation through a collaborative process involving academics, clinicians and industry representatives. This presentation describes the three-stage process of identification, invention and implementation, which the programme teaches, including the strong emphasis the programme places on ensuring a “market pull” rather than a “technology push” approach to innovation.

As part of the clinical immersion phase of the programme, spent in the cardiovascular departments of University Hospital Galway and Mayo Clinic, Rochester, thousands of observations were condensed into hundreds of needs, which were then filtered using defined criteria to establish those that were most viable for addressing.

In this presentation, Dr Andrew Cameron will be discussing the decision-making elements that were used during the needs filtering process, as well as describing the rationale for settling on a project to develop an adjustable, ‘smart’ compression device for the treatment of venous leg ulcers – “Tight Alright”.

About the speaker

Dr Andrew Cameron
Andrew is an engineer and an academic, with a strong interest in innovation and research commercialisation. During his undergraduate degree he double majored in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Queensland. He then received an Australian Postgraduate Award and went on to complete a PhD in Tissue Engineering at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. Whilst in the final stages of his PhD, Andrew completed a Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation. On completing his PhD in 2012, he was offered a postdoctoral role in the Tissue Engineering Research Group at RCSI - one of the largest regenerative medicine research groups in Ireland and has a strong focus on translational research. As a research fellow in RCSI, Andrew was primarily responsible for driving the technical and commercial development of a thin-film, collagen-based material for corneal regeneration. In 2016 he joined the BioInnovate Ireland programme, where he and his teammates focused on identifying unmet needs in the cardiovascular field, with the aim to select those that were most viable (clinically, commercially, and technically) for developing innovative solutions. For a period after the BioInnovate programme, he returned to RCSI to work as Commercialisation Lead, to help establish the commercialisation potential of a number of technologies in the cardiovascular and oncology fields, which stemmed from RCSI-based research. In 2018 he started a position in NUI Galway where he is now leading an Enterprise Ireland-funded project aimed at the development of a medical device for the treatment of venous leg ulcers – “Tight Alright”.


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