Bioinnovation - Research

BioInnovate Ireland is a national health technology innovation programme based at NUI Galway. The programme is a global affiliate of the University of Stanford Biodesign methodology and leverages this approach to provide a talented multidisciplinary pool of innovators the opportunity to develop novel medical innovations and shape the future of healthcare globally.

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.

Initially all fellows register for the PDip in BioInnovation Programme, which 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. During the programme, fellows have an opportunity to transfer to the MSc in BioInnovation and submit a MSc thesis by research.

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.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
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.

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.

GARDA VETTING/POLICE CLEARANCE: Garda vetting/ police clearance is required for this programme.

Application dates

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12 months.

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Career Opportunities
Supported by Enterprise Ireland, BioInnovate Ireland has so far trained over 100 high-calibre fellows and 250 industry professionals, each undergoing a rigorous, bespoke, highly mentored innovation, and leadership programme, equipping them with the skills and mind-set to drive innovation in start-ups and industry. The programme has been involved in the creation of 22 new companies who, between them, have raised over €60 million in funding. Our alumni also work to bring innovative ideas to patient care in industry and healthcare.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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