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Med Tech body launch stent design scheme

Tuesday, April 23 15:02:50

The Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA) today launched an innovative cardiovascular device design programme.

The programme, which was developed with consultants at the National University Hospital Galway (NUHG) and funded by the Life Sciences Skillnet, takes place from 23-25 April in Galway.

The three-day event will culmunate with a live heart surgery using ground-breaking medical technology.

Under the direction of Consultant Cardiologist Dr Faisal Sharif, the programme aims to provide participants with an understanding of how medical devices work with the human cardiovascular system, current disease mechanisms and where future innovations and therapies are most likely to come from.

Participants will be able to see a live case of percutaneous coronary intervention via an newly established audio-visual link from Department of Cardiology in Galway Regional Hospital and use a simulator to perform for percutaneous aortic valve implantation (TAVI).

"This opportunity for industry-clinician led interaction offers a forum to discuss the most cutting-edge advancements, trends and therapies. This type of programme will ensure new and more effective medical products can make it to market quickly for the benefit of patients worldwide," said Dr Sharif.

Speaking at the event, IMDA Director Sharon Higgins said: "Fostering clinical industry collaboration is opening up a major area of opportunity in Ireland for the development of new medical devices. The success of the sector to date has been underpinned by the significant number of global and indigenous companies innovating here, in addition to the cutting-edge technology being researched and developed across industry, academia and clinical institutions. Initiatives such as this specialist device design programme, combined with growing spend in R&D will help to further build Ireland's reputation as a global med tech innovation hub."