UL wins Academic Contribution to MedTech Award

Hilda Mulvilhill, Stryker, Sarah Syed, UL, Eamonn de Barra, UL, Aoife Culliton, UL and Dr Mary Shire VP Research

The Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA) announced the University of Limerick as the winner of their Academic Contribution to Medtech Award at the Irish Medical Technology Industry Awards last night, jointly hosted with Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. The award was presented to Dr Eamonn de Barra, Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Biomedical Engineering for UL’s research collaboration with leading medical devices company Stryker.

Eamonn De Barra said: "We are absolutely delighted to win this award. It emphasises the success and impact that is possible via collaboration between leading medical a device multinational such as Stryker and responsive and focussed research institutes such as the HRI and Bernal Institutes at UL. We hope this success marks a new chapter in our continued and expanding collaboration between Stryker and the University of Limerick, to the continued benefit of patients, surgeons. We would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of The Irish Research Council under their Enterprise Partnership Scheme."

Director of the IMDA Sinead Keogh said: "It's been nearly a decade since we launched the awards and in that time the sector has prospered with the number of companies in Ireland rising to over 400 this year. Since the beginning of 2014 over 2,000 jobs have been announced in the sector. It's vital that strategic sectors which drive regional growth are supported: tonight's winners Abbott Diagnostic Longford, AventaMed in Cork and the University of Limerick highlight regional successes."

IDA Ireland Head of Medical Technologies Michael Lohan said: “The medtech sector has already announced more than €309million of investments this year and remains optimistic about Ireland's future. The awards are a fantastic opportunity for both multinational and Irish indigenous companies to display their latest products and services and we are delighted to be able to announce such worthy and accomplished winners.”

This research was undertaken by researchers involved in the Bernal Project, Health Research Institute at the University of Limerick and is funded by the Irish Research Council under their Enterprise Partnership Scheme.