Dec 08 2017 Posted: 00:00 GMT

The Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM), based at NUI Galway has just been awarded the Academic Contribution to Medtech Award by the Irish Medtech Association, the IBEC  group that represents the sector, at the Medtech Rising: The Irish Medtech CEO Conference and Awards Ceremony in Galway City.

The event, jointly hosted by the Irish Medtech Association, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, recognises and celebrates companies that have played a leading role in making Ireland a location of choice for global Medtech. 

Congratulating CÚRAM on the award, acting Irish Medtech Association Director Eoghan Ó Faoláin said: “The reason Ireland is in a position to compete with major Medtech hubs such as Massachusetts and Minnesota, is thanks to the diversity of the sector here and the collaborative innovation that takes place on a regular basis between Irish SMEs, FDI multinational companies, and top universities, as well as other strategic sectors such as ICT, design and manufacturing. With Ireland ranked first for labour productivity, flexibility of talent, as well as attracting and retaining talent, it’s no surprise that Medtech growth is underpinned by job creation, with 38,000 people working in the sector now and an additional 4,000 jobs to be added by 2020.” 

Commenting on the Award, Prof Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director of CÚRAM said: “We are delighted to receive this award and I would like to congratulate all who were shortlisted for these awards this evening. We are very proud to be a research partner to 27 MedTech companies currently and we look forward to growing and enriching these networks and helping the Irish MedTech sector develop a solid research base here in Ireland so as to continue to lead the field as one of the top five global MedTech hubs.”

The diversity of the Irish Medtech sector was reflected in the six award categories of the awards, namely; the Academic Contribution to Medtech Award, the Medtech Company of the Year, Emerging Medtech Company of the Year, eHealth Innovation of the Year, Medtech Partner/Supplier of the Year and the Best European Medtech Week Campaign Award.

IDA Ireland Head of Life Sciences, Engineering and Industrial Technology Division Michael Lohan said: “It is clear from the list of finalists that Ireland is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for Medtech with everything you need to take medical technology from concept to market here. We are not only the second largest exporter of Medtech products in Europe, but the number one location for Medtech FDI. The Irish Medtech Awards are great way to celebrate the sector’s achievements and bring people together.”


Group photo L- R Michael Lohan, Head of Life Sciences, Engineering and Industrial Technology Division, IDA Ireland; Deirdre Glenn, Director, Lifescience and Food Commercialisation and Manager,  Lifesciences Sector, Enterprise Ireland; Dr Steve Griffin, Scientific Associate, Centre for Research in Medical Devices; Carmel McGroarty-Mitchell, Industry Liaison Officer, Centre for Research in Medical Devices and Dr Eoghan Ó Faoláin, Acting Director,  Irish Medtech Association, IBEC Sector Group.



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