NUI Galway has conferred six outstanding leaders of the Irish medical technology sector, including chartered engineer and former Engineers Ireland president John O'Dea, with honorary degrees. The sector employs over 29,000 people in Ireland and is the second largest employer of medtech professionals in Europe
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Chartered engineer and former Engineers Ireland president, John O’Dea, was one of one six outstanding leaders in Irish medical technology (medtech) conferred with honorary degrees this week by NUI Galway.

Those conferred included John Power chartered engineer, founder and CEO of Aerogen; Helen Ryan chartered engineer, former CEO of Creganna; Ian Quinn, founder and former CEO, Creganna; John O’Dea chartered engineer, founder and CEO of Crospon; Paul Gilson, co-founder of MedNova and Veryan and John O’Shaughnessy, founder of MedNova and Neuravi. All honorees will be conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Engineering (honoris causa).

Power, Ryan and O’Dea are all chartered engineers as well as fellows of Engineers Ireland.

The medical technology sector in Ireland is recognised as one of the five global emerging hubs. Galway is at the heart of this development and NUI Galway decided to honour people in its own region who have been integral to growth of this sector in Ireland.

The sector employs over 29,000 people in Ireland and is the second largest employer of medtech professionals in Europe. Ireland is one of the largest exporters of medical products in Europe with annual exports of €12.6 billion and companies here directly export to over 100 countries worldwide.

Since the early 2000s, NUI Galway has focussed its research on biomedical engineering science as a priority area. It has developed a range of interdisciplinary research centres and initiatives, working closely with partners in industry, healthcare and government agencies, to build a world-class clinical, research and people infrastructure.

“NUI Galway is associated with many outstanding honorary graduates throughout its history and those being honoured form a particularly distinguished group. Each one has made an outstanding and distinctive contribution to the development of the medtech sector in Ireland, helping to make our region into the medtech hub of Europe,” said NUI Galway president, Dr Jim Browne.

“They have each contributed to an ecosystem which brings researchers, clinicians and industry innovators together and the result is a thriving medtech sector which makes a truly significant contribution to the Irish economy and society. NUI Galway is very pleased to be in a position to recognise these exceptional individuals,” he added.

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Chartered engineer and former Engineers Ireland president, John O’Dea, was one of one six outstanding leaders in Irish medical technology (medtech) conferred with honorary degrees this week by NUI Galway. Those conferred included John Power chartered engineer, founder and CEO of Aerogen; Helen Ryan chartered engineer, former CEO of Creganna;...