The programme operates in partnership with a host of national and international partners including Stanford University, American College of Cardiology, our EIT Health funded European Fellowship Network, University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, Mayo Clinic, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Abbott Vascular, Creganna, and Aerogen.

The programme applies needs-led innovation and entrepreneurship to real-world healthcare problems. This unique approach allows the identification and validation of unmet clinical needs with an associated market opportunity and facilitates the development and commercial de-risking of emerging technologies in the Medtech sector. The goal of the programme is to educate BioInnovate Ireland Fellows and Industry Trainees with a view to developing the next generation of medtech leaders, embedding design capabilities in Irish companies and driving the creation of new Irish start-ups.

Fellows currently registered for the P Dip BioInnovation are eligible to transfer to the MSc BioInnovation in consultation with the Programme Board. Please contact our Programme Administrator for up to date information.

1. Throughout the process, Fellows have unparalleled access to and receive mentorship from industry experts and leaders, entrepreneurs and investors, and clinicians, both in Ireland and internationally.

2. Opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary team to progress an unmet clinical need through the identify, invent and implement process.

3. Our fellows come up with innovative solutions that directly impact patient health globally.

Course Outline
At BioInnovate, we bring together exceptional multidisciplinary teams to investigate, inspire and innovate a healthier world that will improve patients’ lives globally. The BioInnovate Fellowship Postgraduate Diploma Programme is a 10-month experience that equips aspiring innovators with a proven, repeatable process to identify unmet clinical needs, invent a novel solution to address them and prepare to implement those solutions into patient care through startups, as intrapreneurs or other channels. In addition, fellows become part of the BioInnovate Ireland community, a network of innovators passionate about improving healthcare globally.

The programme follows the biodesign innovation process which provides a systematic approach to the identification of unmet healthcare needs, the development of novel technologies to address them, and the subsequent development of business and commercialisation plans to bring them into patient care. The process is outlined in the book BIODESIGN: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies.

The fellowship programme is a full-time, 10-month, immersive experience that is delivered through the Postgraduate Diploma in BioInnovation. During the programme, fellows have an opportunity to transfer to the MSc in BioInnovation. Applicants with postgraduate qualifications and substantial work experience in the engineering, science, computer science, business, product design, medical or nursing fields are encouraged to apply. Fellows will be selected based on their experience, passion and drive, as well as their potential to become leading innovators in the health technology field. Successful candidates receive an Enterprise Ireland funded fellowship and receive a monthly stipend during their fellowship*.

The BioInnovate Ireland Fellowship programme is a fast-moving programme that begins in August each year.

Entry requirements

Candidates in the areas of engineering, science, information technology and business must have completed an undergraduate degree in their area and should hold a postgraduate qualification or have equivalent professional experience.

Medical graduates must have completed the MB/BAO/BCH or equivalent medical degree recognised by the Irish Medical Council. At least three years must have passed since the medical graduate obtained the above degrees, two of which must have been spent in the practice of medicine.

Application dates

WHEN TO APPLY: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with cut off points. Please contact our Programme Administrator for up to date information.


10 months, full-time.

Enrolment dates

Next start date August 2024

Closing Date
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with cut-off points. Please contact our Programme Administrator for up-to-date information.

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Career Opportunities
All of our graduates are currently employed with approximately half of them pursuing commercial opportunities identified during the programme. Several graduates work in start-ups, major multinationals or the government sector.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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