Thurs 28th June 10am – 5pm + Networking Event 5pm | Fri 29th June 9am – 2pm
Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath


  • Barry Kennedy

    CEO Irish Manufacturing Research Centre

    Barry is currently CEO of Irish Manufacturing Research, Irelands leading cutting edge industrially focused research centre for advanced manufacturing.

    Barry qualified with an MSc from University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin in 1996. Barry has worked in a research environment in Trinity College Dublin for 10 years before commencing work with Intel. He has worked in many senior engineering roles in Intel as senior Process Integration and Failure Analysis engineer. He has held many senior management roles in Failure Analysis, Process Integration, Device, Process Control and Statistics, Yield Analysis, Quality and Reliability, Yield Q&R. Barry has also worked as New Business and Strategic Program director for Ireland Fab Operations in Intel.

  • 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).

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