GMIT to launch new Medical and Engineering Technology (MET) Gateway
MET Gateway launch takes place during Industry Open Day, GMIT (Thursday 16 June)
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Friday, June 3, 2016
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) will launch its new Enterprise Ireland funded Medical and Engineering Technology (MET) Gateway (www.metcentre.ie) at an industry open day on the GMIT Galway campus on Thursday, 16 June.
GMIT’s new MET Gateway is an interdisciplinary technology gateway providing world class solutions for SMEs and large organisations across the MedTech and general manufacturing sectors. Based at GMIT’s Galway campus, the Gateway offers a range of applied technologies relevant to the engineering design and clinical application phase. By actively engaging with clinical and industry partners, MET produces both knowledge and technology solutions across a range of streams relevant to industry.
This event will have a particular focus on technologies relevant to the MedTech sector and will also include speakers from industry discussing their experience collaborating with the MET Gateway.
The networking open day will introduce the technology offerings available within the Enterprise Ireland funded Technology Gateway and to the wider Gateway network (www.technologygateway.ie) to industry.
Dr Eugene McCarthy, Manager of the MET Gateway, says: “This is a great opportunity for companies within the region to learn about GMIT’s new MET Gateway and other Enterprise Ireland Gateways. This industry–focused event will also feature the Technology Gateways in EI’s Materials & Engineering Gateway Cluster: Applied Polymer Technologies (APT, Athlone), Engineering Material Technologies (SEAM, Waterford), Coating Innovations (CREST, Waterford), Precision Engineering & Manufacturing (PEM, Sligo), and Applied Design (Design+, Carlow). Technical demonstrations from each of these Gateways will help companies to discover how the Gateway network can help solve their Research, Development and Innovation needs.”
“Enterprise Ireland staff will explain how innovation funding supports such as the innovation Partnership Scheme and Horizon 2020 can help companies to develop and deliver high impact collaborative R, D & I projects.”
“Presentations by leading innovative companies in the sector such as Michael Gilvarry, Neuravi; Ian Connell, Capsos Medical; Laura Taylor, Adventure Sports; and Ronan MacLoughlin, Aerogen, will highlight the world leading technology solutions provided by MET Gateway researchers for their company,” adds Dr McCarthy.
Gearoid Mooney, Divisional Manager, Research & Innovation, Enterprise Ireland, says: “The Technology Gateway Network which consists of 15 Gateways located in 11 Institutes of Technology across Ireland has a proven track record of working with Irish industry of all sizes. The MET Gateway in GMIT is a very valuable addition to the Network and will deliver near to market innovative solutions to companies in the medical device and engineering sectors not just in the West of Ireland but Nationwide’.”
The GMIT event kicks off at 9.15am (registration from 8.30am) with the opening address by GMIT’s VP for Research and Innovation, Dr Rick Officer, followed by an introduction to MET Galway, the Materials & Engineering Gateway Cluster, demonstrations, and information on EI’s Innovation Partnership fund.
Dr Eugene McCarthy, MET Gateway, GMIT, Michael Gilvarry, Neuravi and Dr Patrick Delassus, GMIT. The lighted box is an in vitro silicone model of a vascular system that MET uses to mimic real life vascular systems. They are used to help companies like Neuravi develop new products (in Neuravi’s case the Embo Trap) so that they can optimise design and deployment of the device in a simulated silicone model before deployment for in vivo trials in humans.