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Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English TD Opens MEDTEC Ireland 2014 Conference in Galway

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English TD opened the MEDTEC Ireland 2014 conference in Galway on Wednesday morning October 1st.

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English TD opened the MEDTEC Ireland 2014 conference in Galway on Wednesday morning October 1st. Minister English provided the Keynote Address on the subject of ‘Driving Research, Innovation and Growth in Medtech’ at the 2-day conference.

The MEDTEC Ireland conference is an annual event and is the leading event in its sector, bringing together established medical device manufacturers, entrepreneurs, academics and suppliers from the Irish medtech sector. It is being held on October 1st and 2nd in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway city, with Galway being one of five global hubs for medical technologies (along with Munich, Boston, San Francisco and Minneapolis), in a market worth €95 billion.

Speaking at the event, Minister English said:

“The medical technologies sector is already thriving in Ireland and we are now the second largest exporter of medical technology globally. We are also moving from a prominent manufacturing focus to one that is more complex and driven by R&D.

The importance of the sector is recognised by the inclusion of Medical Devices as one of the 14 priority areas under Research Prioritisation. These priority areas were identified on the basis of existing strengths of the public research and enterprise base and opportunities that exist in terms of the global marketplace.

It is clear that medical technology today involves intensive collaboration between a broad range of partners, including research institutions, clinicians, manufacturing companies and government agencies. In this way, bringing experienced and successful businesses together with new start-ups at this conference and giving them the opportunity to learn from each other will prove to be very fruitful.”

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