GMIT MET Gateway team wins top industry award
Date Article Written:
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
The Enterprise Ireland Medical & Engineering Technologies (MET) Gateway, based at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), has won the Irish MedTech Association ‘Academic Contribution to Medtech Award’ at the recent CEO Medtech Rising conference and awards ceremony in Galway city. The event was jointly hosted by the Irish Medtech Association, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland and brings together the world's business leaders and international experts from MedTech & digital health.
The Academic Contribution to Medtech Award demonstrates a high level of innovative medical technology research through collaboration with industry in addition to commercial potential and economic impact. The successful application was based on MET Gateway’s collaboration with Johnson & Johnson’s CERENOVUS, a global leader in neurovascular care. Led by GMIT’s Drs Eugene McCarthy, Eleanor Rainsford, Liam Morris, Sharon Duffy; and CERENOVUS’s Michael Gilvarry and Dr Ray McCarthy, the team worked closely with the neuro-interventional team in Beaumont Hospital to generated new knowledge to further understand the dynamics of blood clots and blockages that cause acute ischemic stroke.
Congratulating MET Technology Gateway on the award, Irish Medtech Association Director Sinead Keogh said: “The Irish Medtech Awards is an important opportunity to bring the MedTech community together and recognise the strength of the Ireland’s global MedTech hub. While Ireland has numerous dynamic MedTech clusters, spanning Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Sligo, it was Galway that stood out at MedTech Rising: The Irish MedTech Awards with 3 out of the 6 wining organisations based there. Innovation and collaboration are central to MedTech success and we’re delighted that the Medical and Engineering Technology Gateway won the Academic Contribution to Medtech Award for the research conducted in partnership with Johnson & Johnson’s CERENOVUS.”
Commenting on the Award, Vice President of Research and Innovation, Dr Rick Officer said “This award recognises the sustained efforts of GMIT’s MET Gateway highly professional and extremely committed team, for both delivering and supporting the MedTech sector through its research and innovation activities. To have been shortlisted amongst two outstanding research centres and selected as the recipient of the award for Academic Contribution to MedTech award is a phenomenal achievement”.
Galway-Mayo IT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT are working towards becoming a Technological University for the west and northwest of Ireland.
Pictured receiving the ‘Academic Contribution to Medtech Award’, L to R: Dr Eugene McCarthy, Head of Department of Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science and Academic Director of MET in GMIT, Dr Sharon White, MET Technology Gateway Manager, and GMIT’s Dr Patrick Delassus and Dr Liam Morris, Academic Directors of MET.