SBE Medical Devices Expert Panel Discussion, 4th March, 2010
Speakers' Bios

Paraic Curtis, Managing Director and Vice-President of Operations, Boston Scientific (Galway)


Paraic Curtis is managing director and vice-president of operations in Boston Scientific in Galway. Headquartered in Natick Massachusetts, Boston Scientific develops and manufactures medical devices used in minimally invasive surgical procedures, which are now common place and often replace traditional surgery. Generating revenues of €8.6bn in 2007, Boston Scientific is a major player in the industry.


Boston Scientific in Ireland employs approximately 5,000 people between its five facilities around the country. The largest of these is Galway, which employs over 3,000 in a state-of-the-art, purpose built 400,000 sq ft campus housing both manufacturing and research and development (R&D) operations.


Boston Scientific Galway is a centre of excellence for the corporation and has been responsible for designing, developing and manufacturing new products for some of the biggest product launches in the history of interventional medicine. Launches include the company's first and second generation drug eluting coronary stents, which are used in the treatment of blocked arteries. In early 2008, it announced a €50m investment, with the support of IDA Ireland, in strategic R&D at its Galway facility.


Curtis is from Carlow and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA) in Ireland. He holds a degree in commerce from University College Dublin (UCD) and an MSc in Information Technology Management. Prior to joining Boston Scientific, he worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in various locations and with FANUC Robotics. He joined Boston Scientific in 1996 and has held various roles, including director of finance and director of operations, prior to taking over as managing director in 2007.


Curtis sits on the board of the Irish Medical Device Association (IMDA) and plays an active role in promoting and supporting the sustainable development and profitable growth of multinational and indigenous medical device and diagnostic companies.


Mike Devane, Chairman, American Chamber R&D Working Group and Partner, Quilly


Mike Devane is a Business and Industry Consultant focused on the development of enterprise and the promotion of new ventures. He is active in the brokering and leveraging of diverse capability and the development of collaborative initiative. He has a keen interest in the organisation and development of new research and commercial opportunities that can focus on the increasing convergence of traditional sectors including ICT, Bio-Med, Materials and Energy. He contributes in both executive and non-executive roles in an advisory or leadership capacity. Mike is a member of the Board of American Chamber of Commerce and is the Chairman of the American Chamber Research and Development Working Group. He has chaired the Nano-Ireland Taskforce set up to advise on strategy for the adoption and investment in Nano-Technology. He is active in the development of CSETs and was formally a member of the CTVR Oversight Board and is currently the Chair of the DERI Oversight Board.


Previously, Mike was the VP and Managing Director of Lucent Technologies International Sales with responsibility for their trading principal and investments in Ireland. His operational background within the ICT and discrete manufacturing industries, include experience in organization and business development and new venture startup, within both multinational and small enterprise. His experience within Europe has focused on the transformation, development and expansion of new or foreign direct investments(FDI) and the re-engineering of FDI including the transition and outsourcing of manufacturing and engineering activities and the creation of new opportunities and capability.


Mark Little, Journalist, Author and Social Media Entrepreneur

Mark Little is an award winning journalist and news presenter. Mark joined RTE in 1991 where he started as a television reporter working on stories such as the Ben Dunne scandal before being assigned to the USA as RTE’s Washington reporter. He worked as RTE’s Foreign Affairs Correspondent since 2001 covering the September 11th attacks and spent seven weeks in Iraq reporting on the war there. He received a Television Journalist of the Year award for his coverage of the Afghanistan conflict. Mark was also presenter of RTE’s flagship current affairs programme, Prime Time, since 2002, and has written three books, Turn Left at Greenland and Zulu Time, and The New America – The Rise of the Obama Generation, which follows the American presidential election and the birth of a new era in U.S. history. He is currently on a year’s leave of absence from RTE to pursue a project centred around digital media and global journalism.


Jim OHara, General Manager, Intel Ireland

Vice President, Technology Manufacturing Group (TMG),

Intel Corporation


Jim OHara is vice president, Technology Manufacturing Group, Intel Corporation and Intel Ireland general manager.


He took over the role of Intel Ireland general manager in April 2002 and was appointed as a Vice President in 2003. He is responsible for Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing group in Ireland and for the site’s strategic direction, management leadership and development, and government and community relations.


OHara joined Intel in 1991 to lead its first Semiconductor investment in Europe. He became plant manager for Fab 10 in 1996 and subsequently managed both Fab 10 and Fab 14, now known as Ireland Fab Operations.


Prior to joining Intel, Jim worked with Digital Equipment Corporation for 17 years, the last five of which were based in their corporate headquarters in Massachusetts where he was responsible for Asia Operations.


OHara is a past president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland, acted as Chair for ICT Ireland and served on the board of CRANN (Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices) at Trinity College, Dublin. He is a board member of the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School at UCD and Business in the Community Ireland, council member of IRCSET (Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology).


In 2009, OHara was appointed to the board of Enterprise Ireland by An Tánaiste and the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment. He was recently elected to the board of the Association for European Nanoelectronic Activities (AENEAS) which represents the European electronics industry.


OHara won the ICT Industry business person of the year award in 2007 and the prestigious Business and Finance ‘Business Person of the Year’ award in 2009. OHara holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the National University of Ireland and is a fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineers.



Helen Ryan, CEO, Creganna Tactx Medical (Galway)


Creganna Tactx is a leading supplier of products, technologies and services to medical device and lifescience companies. They create, design and build innovative products and technologies and have specialist expertise in solutions for catheter and specialty needle applications.


Helen has been at Creganna since 2003 and has been CEO since the beginning of 2005. Prior to joining Creganna, Helen spent 11 years in various leadership positions in Research & Development at Tyco Healthcare and Medtronic Vascular.


Helen has a BE degree from NUIG and a Masters in Project Management from UL.  She is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland and is currently the Chair of the Irish Medical Devices Association.


Dr Paul Ryan, Lecturer in Management, NUI Galway & Research Project Leader on Industrial Clusters at the Centre for Innovation & Structural Change (CISC), NUI Galway.


Dr Paul Ryan is a Lecturer in Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and International Business at NUI, Galway and a research project leader on industrial clusters at the Centre for Innovation & Structural Change (CISC). Prior to joining NUI, Galway Dr Ryan was a Lecturer in Business Administration at University College Dublin. He also spent two years as an investment analyst at L&D Investment Consultants, Hong Kong and as a management consultant at Dew-Point International, Hong Kong. He completed his PhD at the Judge Institute of Management Studies, University of Cambridge and his Master of Business Studies, Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin. He is also an occasional lecturer at the University of La Coruna, Spain and a reviewer for the Academy of International Business.



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