Speakers 2018

  • Julie Sinnamon

    CEO Enterprise Ireland

    Julie Sinnamon is CEO of Enterprise Ireland. Prior to her appointment to CEO in November 2013, Julie held a number of senior public sector positions, spanning a 30 year career in Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.

    Julie is a member of the Board and Investment Committee of Enterprise Ireland and a member of the Investment Committee of the Irish Strategic Investment Fund, part of the National Treasury Management Agency. She has been recently appointed to the National Competitiveness Council. She is also a Board Member of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Limited.

    Julie is a business graduate of the University of Ulster, has a Masters in International Business (Fordham and IMI) and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Programme, USA.

  • Prof. Fergal J. O’Brien, BA, BAI, PhD, FAS, CEng, FIEI, FEAMBES

    Chair of Bioengineering & Regenerative Medicine, Deputy Director for Research & Innovation and heads the Tissue Engineering Research Group, the 2017 Irish Research Laboratory of the Year, in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

    He is PI and Deputy Director in the €58 million SFI-funded Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research (AMBER) Centre between RCSI, TCD and over 30 industry partners, and a funded investigator in the €50million CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices. He is currently a member of the World Council of Biomechanics and immediate-past President of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (2014-16) and has previously served as Biomaterials Topic Chair for the Orthopaedic Research Society, as an EU Council Member of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society and a member of Irish Medicines Board Advisory Committee on Medical Devices. He is a co-founder of SurgaColl Technologies, which has translated 2 technologies for bone and cartilage repair from his lab to the clinic. In addition, he is an editorial board member of 5 journals and Subject Editor (Tissue Engineering) for the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. He is also Co-chair of the World Congress of Biomechanics which is being held in Ireland in 2018. Since his faculty appointment, he has published almost 200 journal articles as well as numerous book chapters and editorials in peer-reviewed international journals and books, filed 13 patents/disclosures and supervised over 30 doctoral students to completion. He has presented over 100 invited talks and has a current h-index of 58 (Jan 2018). He is a recipient of two prestigious European Research Council Awards. Other accolades include a Fulbright Scholarship (2001), New Investigator Recognition Award by the Orthopaedic Research Society (2002), Science Foundation Ireland, President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (€1.1. million, 2004), Engineers Ireland Chartered Engineer of the Year (2005), Anatomical Society New Fellow of the Year (2014), Silver Medal from the Bioengineering Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland and Fellowship of Engineers Ireland (2013) and the European Alliance for Medical & Biological Engineering Science (2016).

  • John O’ Dea

    Global Director Esophageal Diseases at Medtronic

    John has 27 years’ experience in the medical device industry and currently serves as Global Director of Esophageal Diseases at Medtronic, following on from Medtronic ‘s acquisition in 2017 of GI Diagnostic company Crospon which he founded in 2006. In 1998 he co-founded Caradyne, an Irish respiratory medical device company, which was acquired by Respironics Inc. in 2004. In the past 35 years, he has held R&D management positions in Nellcor Puritan Bennett and engineering positions in Digital Equipment Inc. and in Dataproducts Inc. He is a named author on 18 U.S. Patents. He holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Electronics Engineering all from University College Dublin and an MSc in Clinical Research from NUI Galway. He is Adjunct Professor at the School of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway where he is Chairman of the External Advisory Board of BioInnovate Ireland and is Special Advisor to the SFI CURAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices. He is a past Chairman of the Board of the Irish Medical Devices Association and a Past President of Engineers Ireland. In 2016 he was awarded a Doctor of Engineering (honoris causa) by NUI Galway for his contribution to the Irish Medical Device industry and received the 2016 Outstanding Contribution to Medtech Award from the Irish Medtech Association, IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.

  • Gerry Duffy

    Motivational Speaker & Author

    Gerry Duffy is a professional speaker in the areas of Leadership, Goal Setting, Sales and Public Speaking/Effective Communication. With a Masters Degree in Business Practice, a CV that has seen him work with over 800 companies and organisations since 2010 and a personal passion that has seen him complete many extreme sporting challenges (including running 32 marathons in 32 consecutive days) Gerry brings a mixture of corporate insights as well as personal success to his inspirational keynotes, workshops and corporate leadership programmes. His core expertise is in helping companies leverage the power of the people who work there. Clients include Facebook, Google, Bank of America, SAP, Aer Lingus, Hewlett Packard and British Gas. He has also authored three books including THE GOAL GETTER- ‘35 Different Ways to Reach Your Goals.’

  • Stephen Lynam

    Innovation and R&D programme at Trend Technologies

    Stephen leads the recently established Innovation and R&D programme at Trend Technologies in Mullingar, the local subsidiary of global contract manufacturer, Trend Technologies LLC. This includes managing R&D and Innovation projects, R&D partner networks and collaboration with industry organisations and academic institutions. He is leading Trend’s research and development initiatives for the IMRAM (Irish Manufacturing Research Additive Manufacturing) Innovation Partnership Program. Stephen is a IPMA certified Project Manager with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and a HDip in Software Development and Design. At Trend Technologies, he specialises in injection moulding, polymer technology and plastic part and tool design. Stephen’s previous role has seen him successfully project manage some of the largest tooling programmes within Trend Technologies globally, including leading teams across 3 continents and managing up to 85 tool builds concurrently.

  • Geoffrey Allen

    Managing Director 3Ms Imagineering

    Back in 1988 Geoffrey began a career in the world of design and print. This progressed into the digital world and he has now spent three decades at the edge of innovation that includes ‘firsts’ in ’straight to plate’ digital printing and the creation of media giants Scholastic’s e-commerce website while in New York. 


    A life-long passion for film and education led Geoffrey to attain his Masters in Digital Media at the Huston School of Film in NUIG where he met co-founder Dermot Condron and 3Ms began. The growth of mobile computing has driven demand for video and animation and 3Ms provide solutions to businesses from global multi-nationals to award-winning start-ups alike. 


    This novel approach saw 3Ms listed on the Enterprise Ireland/SBP ‘Hot 100 Start-ups’ of 2017. Nowadays 3Ms are teaching firms how visualisation and the creative use of data can be a very powerful tool during a company’s digital transformation. These insights have lead to 3Ms being recognised as thought leaders in the Immersive Technology space.  


    3Ms have developed their innovative MersusVR Virtual Reality platform to help expert trainers in Pharma, Bio and the Med-tech sector to deliver ‘on the job’ training worldwide, via the internet using Virtual Reality headsets. This technology is designed to reduce costs and help clients adopt Virtual Reality to prepare for Industry 4.0/IoT and next-generation computing platforms. 

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