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MSSI Researcher Wins SFI Research Image Of The Year


Pictured Here: Mr John Mulcahy, Dr Lisa O ’Donoghue, Dr Karrina McNamara, Dr Tofail Syed, Dr Abbasi Gandhi, Dr Peter Tiernan,  Dr Jim Butler and Mr Garry Warren.

The Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI) recently secured Emerging Medical Technology Award at this year’s Medical Technology Industry Excellence Awards. Innovative medical devices company, Aerogen – who also have a long-standing research partnership with UL also received the Medical Devices Company of the Year Award.

The Awards, which are jointly hosted by Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and the Irish Medical Devices Association, a business sector within IBEC, are now in their seventh year and recognise and reward best practice in the medical technology sector in Ireland.

Medical Technology Academic, encompassing the Emerging Medical Technology Award
The University of Limerick (UL) has a long tradition of close collaboration with industry and business across many of the manufacturing sectors in Ireland including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, ICT and engineering.  Its award winning project involved an innovative partnership between UL’s Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI) and international medical devices company COOK Medical, which was supported through the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Programme. The project resulted in scientists and engineers from the University of Limerick and COOK Medical inventing a new metal that will make medical devices inside the body more visible under X-ray. This project is a successful case of industry-academia collaboration in implementing breakthrough innovation into commercial products that benefit patients worldwide.
Commenting on winning the Medical Technology Academic, encompassing the Emerging Medical Technology Award, Dr Mary Shire, VP Research, University of Limerick said, “This award endorses the University of Limerick’s focus on translation of research to affect the real world. This project is an example of where Irish research is cutting edge, has significant commercial value and ensures better therapy for patients. The success of this project can be attributed to a real team effort between COOK and UL.” 
Congratulating award winners Colm MacFhionnlaoich, Manager Life Sciences Department at Enterprise Ireland said “Congratulations to both Aerogen and the University of Limerick on their wins.  I’m delighted that Aerogen, an indigenous Enterprise Ireland client, won this award against such stiff competition from both home grown and international companies. Likewise the University of Limerick stood out for its exceptionally successful collaboration with Cook Medical.”
Commenting on the awards Sinead Keogh, IMDA Director said, “These awards really showcase the very best that the medical technology sector in Ireland has to offer.  All those who entered, be they indigenous or multinational companies, demonstrated that they were operating at the very highest levels of best practice and each exemplified the world class innovation which is taking place here in Ireland”
Commenting on the medical technology sector Andrew Vogelaar, Head of Medical Technologies, IDA Ireland said, “The sector is of key importance to the Irish economy and has continued to grow year on year. Exports in 2012 rose by 10% to €7.9billion compared to 2011 and Ireland is one of the largest exporters of medical technologies in Europe.  The sector employs 25,000 people in 250 companies, half of which are indigenous. The future looks bright for the med tech sector in Ireland and I’m very much looking forward to an equally successful 2014.”
The remaining shortlisted organisations including Medtronic, Nypro Healthcare Ireland, Arann Technologies, BioInnovate Ireland and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) were all highly commended for their excellence.