Boston-Ireland Med Tech Conference, 28 October 2010
Speakers' Bios

Keynote Speaker

Professor Philip Cooke, Centre for Advanced Studies, Cardiff University, Wales


Philip Cooke is University Research Professor in regional economic development, and founding director (1993) of the Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff. In 2002 the UK Economic & Social Research Council awarded core-funded UK Research Centre status to CESAGen, a partnership initiative on the Social and Economic Analysis of Genomics in which Prof. Cooke’s Centre has ‘flagship project’ (Economics of Biotechnology Innovation) status. His research interests lie in studies of Biotechnology, Regional Innovation Systems, Knowledge Economies, Entrepreneurship, Clusters and Networks. He co-edited the first & second editions of ‘Regional Innovation Systems’ (UCL Press & Routledge) in 1998 & 2004; co-authored 'The Associational Economy' published in 1998, and 'The Governance of Innovation in Europe' in 2000. He is Special Theme editor and contributor for two issues of The Journal of Technology Transfer focused on ‘Regional Innovation Systems’, 2002 & 2004/5. In 2003 he was Special Theme editor for the issue of European Planning Studies on ‘Biotechnology Clusters & Beyond’ that explored regional biotechnology systems. In 2002 he released a fast-selling ‘clusters’ book – ‘Knowledge Economies’, published by Routledge. In 2004 Regional Economies as Knowledge Laboratories’ co-edited with Andrea Piccaluga is published by Edward Elgar Publishing Co. Prof. Cooke is a UK government advisor on innovation, and advises national & regional governments, the EU, OECD, World Bank and UNIDO on regional innovation systems. He is also Editor of 'European Planning Studies' a bi-monthly +4 journal devoted to European urban and regional governance, innovation and development issues. In 2003 he was elected Academician of the UK Academy of Social Sciences. In 2004 he was made Distinguished Research Fellow (PRIME) of the University of Ottawa School of Management. He is board member of the Canadian ISRN and Swedish CIND and CIRCLE research centres. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary PhD by the University of Lund, Sweden. In 2007 he is Member of the European Research Area (ERA) Review Committee of the European Commission and the Royal Society Task Force on Nanotechnology.

Dr. Majella Giblin, Centre for Innovation and Structural Change, NUI Galway


Dr. Majella Giblin was awarded a Government of Ireland IRCHSS (Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences) Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2008 and is working as a researcher at CISC. For her PhD study Majella examined two cases of regional high-technology industrial clusters in a small, open economy to investigate how such regional agglomerations can be sustained, given their global character. The research builds on existing territorialised innovation theories by providing an understanding of how the force of globalisation is converged with the paradox of localisation in industrial activity. Prior to her Ph.D. study Majella completed a Master of Economic Science degree and Bachelor of Commerce degree. In addition, Majella has built a strong research record having worked on a wide range of projects, including the OECD National Innovation Systems Programme and the OECD Sectoral Case Studies in Innovation project.

Research interests: industrial clusters, regional innovation systems, regional competitive advantage, inter-organisational relationships and networks, and the ICT, Software and Medical Technology sectors.

Nevan Clancy Hanumara, Entrepreneur, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


Nevan is a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering as well as a 2004 graduate from the University of Rhode Island’s International Engineering Program with a BSME and a BA in French.  His research focuses on low cost medical robotics and user-friendly “smart tools” to aid clinical practice. He has over a dozen papers and a pending patent. Nevan is the graduate instructor of the Medical Device Design class and is working to develop a Medical Device Innovation Center at MIT. A strong believer in entrepreneurship as a mechanism of technology commercialization, he won the 2007 winner of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, is in the process of founding a medical device company and helps lead the MIT Global Startup Workshop. Though a native New Englander, Nevan’s family hails from Sligo, Ireland and Andhra Pradesh, India.

Kate Hughes, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia


Kate Hughes is a Research Associate at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) Sydney, Australia and a business consultant in supply chain, marketing and strategy. She is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and currently studying a PhD part-time on humanitarian supply chains at MGSM. Kate is active in local industry as a member of the Logistics Association of Australia (LAA) and the international Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). She has managed – or been involved in – large industry studies including a study of the domestic Beef Supply Chain, Northern Sydney's Global Technologz Corridor with Professor Roy Green (formerly at NUI Galway), and the recently completed Mapping the Connections project for the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) in Australia.


Dr. Stephen McCarthy, Department of Plastics Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA


Dr. Stephen McCarthy is a faculty member of the Plastics Engineering Department at UMass Lowell. He is currently the Co-Director of the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center at U. Mass Lowell and U. Mass Worcester and Director of the Biodegradable Polymer Research Center where he is conducting reasearch into Biodegradable Polymers and Blends.  He is the Editor for the "Journal of Polymers and the Environment." He received his B.S. from Southeastern Massachusetts University, a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.  He worked as an Advanced Engineer in R&D for Owens Corning Fiberglas in Granville, Ohio.

Patricia McGovern, DFMG Solicitors


Patricia obtained an honours degree in law from Trinity College Dublin and qualified as a solicitor in 1987.  She also qualified as an Irish Trade Mark Agent in 1994 and as a Community Trade Mark and Design Attorney in 1996. Patricia advises on all aspects of intellectual property law.  She is regarded as one of the leading intellectual property lawyers in Ireland and has consistently been highly recommended by many organisations such as 'The Legal 500' for many years. She has considerable experience in advising on brand strategies, protection strategies for patents, trade marks, designs and copyright, from prosecution to registration of trade marks and designs before the Irish Trade Marks Office and the Community Trade Marks & Designs Office, the exploitation of intellectual property rights including licensing arrangements, and on all contentious aspects in intellectual property to include trade mark, copyright and design infringement actions, passing off actions, anti-counterfeiting actions, patent infringement actions, actions for invalidity of patents and for declarations of non-infringement. She also deals with all aspects of franchising, data protection and the competition aspects of intellectual property. In addition, she has extensive experience in dealing with issues affecting e-commerce and the internet, all aspects of technology agreements, all types of media contracts and the intellectual property aspects of employment. Patricia has also practised in almost all areas of corporate and commercial law.  She has considerable expertise in the buying and selling of private companies, public listings both in Ireland and the UK, rights issues, public offers, competition law, pensions and general strategic commercial advice. In her 23 years of practice she has acted in a significant number of high profile acquisitions and public listings and takeovers.

Professor Peter McHugh, National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science, NUI Galway


Peter McHugh is Personal Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway. He obtained his B.E. with first class honours in Mechanical Engineering from UCG (1987). He then went on to do graduate study in engineering at Brown University, where he obtained an Sc.M. (1990) and a Ph.D. (1992), in the area of computational mechanics of materials. In 1991 he joined the staff at NUI, Galway as a College Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1997 and Personal Professor in 2004. He is currently the Director of the Micromechanics Research Unit (MICRU) at NUI Galway, which he founded, and is also a Research Director and Biomechanics Cluster Leaser in the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES) at NUI Galway since its foundation in 1999. He currently has over 290 publications, including 62 in high impact international journals, and 7 book chapters. His early research efforts were focused on computational modelling, micromechanical modelling and experimental testing of metallic materials and metallic based composites. For the last 10 years he has focused on biomechanics and bioengineering applications, applying computational and experimental mechanics to investigating medical devices, tissue and the interaction of tissue with implanted devices. Professor McHugh is a member of the Royal Irish Academy National Committee for Engineering Sciences, the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology and the Council for the Section of Bioengineering, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.

Professor Timothy O’Brien, Regenerative Medicine Institute, NUI Galway


Professor O'Brien established the Regenerative Medicine Institute at NUI, Galway (REMEDI), and has been Director of the Institute since 2004.  The focus of the Institute is to exploit the synergies between the technologies of gene delivery and stem cell biology to promote organ regeneration and repair.  The principal initial disease targets of the Institute are ischaemic cardiovascular disease and osteoarthritis. He has been Professor and Head of Medicine, and a Consultant Endocrinologist
at NUI Galway and Galway University Hospital since 2001. From 1995 to 2001, he was a Consultant with the Division of Endocrinology, Nutrition and Metabolism at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, USA. Professor O'Brien is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including Sprague Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine; Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Mayo Clinic in 1993, 1998
Young Investigator Award. Vascular and Myocardial Aspects of Ischemic Heart Disease. American Heart

Association in 1998 and the Stokes Medal from the Irish Cardiac Society in 2005.

Keith O’Neill, Life Science and Food Commercialisation Unit, Enterprise Ireland


Dr. O'Neill joined Enterprise Ireland in February 2009 to deliver on the organisation's commitment to generate new companies and new technologies from research. Previously he was Manager of the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI), a medical devices research institute with a commercial focus, located at Dublin City University. Prior to that, Dr. O'Neill spent 4 years at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in the US, a multi-disciplinary biomedical research organisation which evolved from successful research collaborations among scientists in the MIT and Harvard communities. Here he managed collaborations with international biomedical companies to develop new technologies and intellectual property for the life sciences market. His roles in a US start-up company, in product management and technical sales have given Dr. O'Neill an understanding of the needs of both academics and companies as they go through the commercialisation process.

John Power, Aerogen


John Power has worked for 30 years in Technology Industries holding executive positions in Operations, R&D, Sales and General Management in Aerospace, Automation and for the last 15 years Medical and Pharmaceutics industries. Has been a founder in 4 technology based start-ups in Ireland, the UK and USA. John has a track record of bringing innovative and disruptive products to market and in this respect is personally accredited with over twenty commercialised US and International patents ranging from Robotics through to Life Support Ventilators. In 2000 John merged his then early-stage Medical Device company Cerus with a US Bio-pharma company Aerogen Inc which he helped to bring public on NASDAQ later that year. The company was subsequently acquired by San Carlos based Nektar Therapeutics Inc and in 2007 John lead a Leveraged MBO of his Strategic Business Unit from Nektar and is currently Managing Director of this company Aerogen Ltd, a world leader in Acute Care Drug Delivery Systems.

Ian Quinn, Creganna Tactx Medical

Ian Quinn holds a BE in mechanical engineering from UCD and a post graduate diploma in statistics from TCD and is founder, Chairman and main shareholder of Creganna-Tactx Medical. Established in 1980 by Mr. Quinn, Creganna-Tactx Medical is ranked among the top 10 global providers of outsourced design and manufacturing solutions to medical device companies and is Ireland’s largest indigenous company in the sector. He is Chairman of Intermed Limited in Oxfordshire, a leading manufacturer of anaesthesia equipment and is on the board of the Tyndall National Institute in Cork.

Professor Terry Smith, Vice President for Research, NUI Galway


Prof. Terry Smith obtained a BA. Moderatorship Degree in Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin in 1981.  Having worked in recombinant gene expression optimisation in the R&D division of a multinational pharmaceutical company (G.D. Searle, High Wycombe, UK) from 1981 until 1984, he undertook a post-graduate degree at the John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, and obtained his D. Phil. Degree from Oxford University in 1988, where he worked on the molecular basis of human genetic disease.  Having completed a Muscular Dystrophy Society post-doctoral research Fellowship at Oxford in 1988, Prof. Smith was awarded a European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Long-term Post-doctoral Fellowship.  He spent two years as an EMBO Fellow in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, where he worked on the development of a mouse model for human atherosclerosis by the targeted alteration of genes in embryonic stem cells. Prof. Smith returned to Ireland in 1990, to take up a Senior Research Scientist / Team Leader position at the National Diagnostics Centre (BioResearch Ireland) at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  In 1994, Prof. Smith was appointed General Manager of the National Diagnostics Centre, a post he held until 2001.  He was appointed Adjunct lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry at NUI, Galway in 1995. Prof. Smith was a founder member of the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES) at NUI, Galway and was a Research Director of the Centre until his appointment as Professor of Biomedical Engineering Science and Director of the NCBES in January 2002.  Prof. Smith is the author/co-author of over 70 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, 15 book chapters and invited reviews, as well as being co-inventor of two patent applications.

Dr. Steven Tello, Department of Management, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA


Steven is Assistant Professor in the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Associate Director at the University’s Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2). These joint appointments allow him to combine his passion for teaching with research examining how to best promote the commercialization of emerging technologies.  Steven co-founded the University’s undergraduate concentration in Entrepreneurship in 2007 and contributed to the establishment of an interdisciplinary graduate program in Technological Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the College of Management he co-founded and directed the development of Lowell’s online education program and was a founding member of UMass Online, the University’s system-wide online education initiative. Dr. Tello maintains an active role in support of technology integration on the campus and within the UMass system.