Irish Medtech Association and Bioinnovate are pleased to co-host the first virtual 'Medtech Coffee Brew' of 2020.

This event will explore how the Irish Medtech ecosystem collaborated, and produced innovative technologies and solutions in the fight against Covid-19.


During this event we’ll explore the startup, large company and clinical perspectives on tackling Covid-19 with insights from:

  • Dr Aoife Murray and Irial Conroy who will discuss how they led a project to introduce the new ICU FamilyLink video call unit in collaboration with ICU nursing staff and technology partners IBM and Cisco.

  • Managing Director at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Fred O'Brien who will discuss how the Siemens Healthineers site in Swords is producing immunology and haematology analysers and spare parts for the prognosis, therapy and follow-up stages of the Covid-19 patient care path.

  • Jack Connolly who will discuss how the Inspire Team designed a new system to support clinicians to safely split ventilation between two patients in intensive care at one time. It is more sophisticated that other prototypes as it allows for delivery of the correct lung volume based on each patient’s requirements, which can be adjusted as necessary.


  • Aoife Murray is a previous BioInnovate Fellow and medical doctor with four years of clinical experience, with a special interest in Geriatrics and Stroke Medicine. Following graduation from medical school in National University Galway in 2015, she completed her internship training in Galway, and continued her training in the Medical Basic Specialist Training Scheme. She completed a year of geriatrics and stroke medicine as a medical registrar in University Hospital Galway and is completing a Master’s in Healthcare Ethics and Law. She completed a research internship examining the relationship of the microbiome and autoimmune diseases including autoimmune myocarditis at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

  • Irial Conroy undertook a BioInnovate Fellowship in 2019/2020, working on a multi-disciplinary team focused on Cardiology. He recently returned to IBM as a Senior Product Manager focused on helping to realize the potential of Edge/5G across industries, with particular interest in Healthcare. Irial has over 20 years’ experience leading the delivery of software to enterprise customers across multiple industries. Follow him on Twitter @irialcon.

  • Fred O’Brien is the Managing Director at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Manufacturing and oversees a team of 330 people at the site in Swords. He joined Siemens in 2007 as Head of Supply Chain, prior to this he held senior roles in Lucent Technologies, Motorola Ireland, and Digital Equipment IE & UK. He has a BSc in Biochemistry and an MBA from, the National University of Ireland, Galway.

  • Jack Connolly is recent alum of BioInnovate Ireland. He is currently managing the commercialization of InspireGuard, a COVID-19 rapid response project in NUI Galway. Building on his expertise in human factors for medical devices, Jack is overseeing the clinical validation of this project, aiming to reduce transmission of COVID-19 to healthcare workers. As a graduate of NCAD’s Industrial Design, and Medical Device Design, Jack then undertook BioInnovate at NUI Galway to focus on needs-led innovation in the medical device sector. Follow him on Twitter @JackpotConnolly

Panel speakers

  • Frank Kirrane is Principal Medical Physicist and Head of Clinical Engineering at the Department of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering, Galway University Hospital. He has a special interest in clinical information system technology and has over the past 20 years been project manager for a number of implementations in areas such as obstetrics, cardiology, and critical care. His primary BSc degree is in Applied Physics, and he has completed post graduate studies in Physics Sciences in Medicine at TCD, and more recently an MSc in Technology Management at NUI Galway. Frank is also a lecturer and internal examiner on the MSc Medical Physics at NUI Galway.

  • David Hannon is an anaesthesiologist and intensive care physician. Before studying medicine, David studied and worked as an architect. This gave him the ability to effectively collaborate with and assist in the design and testing of the Galway VentShare system. His main area of research interest is lung function and its simulation, in order to inform and develop effective treatment strategies for patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.

  • Tim Jones has extensive commercial and technical experience with a BEng in Materials Engineering with Business Studies and a BSc in Medical Device Innovation. Having cut his teeth in product development as managing director of a start up in the UK, he has since focused solely on Medical Devices, working as a Senior Research & Development Engineer at Medtronic. On completion of the BioInnovate Fellowship Program in 2017 his drive has been to develop technology within the Respiratory space focusing on patients requiring palliative care where he has built strong relationships with industry leaders and clinicians alike. Working closely with healthcare professionals and patients is a key motivation to his passion in the Medtech sector.’


Start Date September 30, 2020
Time 15:00
Duration 1:00
Delegate Price Free
Location Virtual, Microsoft Teams
Type Virtual events