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Next Generation Medical Devices

Recent infrastructural funding for the Trinity Biosciences development has allowed the creation of a Centre for Medical Device Technology with the ambition to realise Ireland as a world reference site  for next generation medical devices. The Centre for Medical Device Technology aims to provide the critical environment for research endeavour and for pre-clinical translation of research prototypes to clinical use.

The overarching-research objective is to develop a programme of research in medical devices at Trinity College to diagnose, prevent, monitor and treat in order to improve the lives of people suffering from illness or disability, using new instruments, implants, systems or software.

The Centre for Medical Device Technology aims to draw from and integrate research expertise across Trinity College to focus on the augmentation of wellness through innovation and will derive new intervention strategies and advance fundamental research of consequence/impact. Complementing this combined expertise, Trinity College benefits from financing, marketing and manufacturing capabilities that can be leveraged to accelerate the successful commercialisation of any spun-out TCD technology.

Pre-clinical translation of research prototypes to practice, towards delivery of next generation of implants and devices, including bio-orthopaedics, neuralengineering, drug-eluting stents, implants and biomechanics. Medical devices include instruments, implants, machines or software and are central to developments in healthcare. This is especially relevant in Ireland, which is experiencing an increased incidence of chronic diseases, an ageing population and challenges to the sustainability of its healthcare system. With its strong research and manufacturing infrastructure, Ireland is well poised to take a leading role in developing next generation medical devices to take on these challenges.

Benefits of Research into Next Generation Medical Devices to Society

Medical devices make a critical difference to quality of life for millions of people every day. From the simple bandage, to the contact lens, to the most sophisticated life-supporting products, the medical devices sector plays a crucial role in the diagnosis, prevention, monitoring and treatment of diseases to improve the lives of people suffering from illness or disability.

Dr. Bruce Murphy is the Research Theme Champion, for more information please email Dr. Bruce Murphy for more information

Last updated 13 February 2013 by Trinity Centre for Bioengineering (Email).