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BioConnect Ireland



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BioConnect Ireland is an informal, open and independent networking organisation for individuals in the biotechnology, life science and medical device sectors in Ireland, North and South. It was founded in 2001 to promote interaction and exchange between all of those working in this broad field.   

BioConnect Ireland meetings are where people make new contacts and reconnect with old friends and colleagues in this wide-ranging community. We run free open meetings several times per year on topics of general interest to the life science community. It is funded by contributions from annual sponsors – currently RFT Group and Enterprise Ireland.  We also encourage sponsors for single meetings on particular themes. 

Upcoming Events


Event:RNA Therapeutics - advances and opportunities
Venue:Albert Theatre, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin
Date:Thursday 10th December, 2015.
Programme:RNA based therapeutics have the potential to treat diseases such as cancer and rare genetic disorders by turning on and off the production of dysfunctional proteins in affected cells. However, RNA is inherently unstable, potentially immunogenic, and typically requires a delivery vehicle for efficient transport to the targeted cells. Historically, these issues have hindered the clinical progress of RNA-based drugs. However, recent advances (and significant investment) in the field has resulted in several promising candidates enter late stage clinical testing.

This event will provide a general overview of the progress RNA therapeutics are making towards becoming viable therapeutic options in the clinic,  the approach to drug discovery within the RNA therapeutics field, the different types of RNA therapeutics in development and the potential for medical devices to reduce the challenges associated with RNA therapeutic delivery.

Download Agenda (pdf)

 Followed by seasonal reception
Registration:Register now
Contact:Jim Ryan or Declan McGee


Our Meetings    

The format of our afternoon meetings is two or more presentations on the core theme followed by a Q&A session. We also have a series of ‘Open Mike’ presentations which allow any relevant organisation 3 minutes to present needs, ideas, products or services. Each meeting ends with a networking session and refreshments to encourage interaction between participants.  In our recent survey the majority of the respondents report that they always or usually stay for this session, which many consider to be the highlight of the events, and only 18% never attend.


Who attends?   

Meetings attract from 70 to 150 people, depending on the theme. A 2015 survey of meeting attendees showed that 32% of attendees were from academic institutions; 21% from bio-industry; 30% were service-providers in consulting, legal or technical areas; and 11% from State agencies or civil service. 



For further information, please contact:


Jim Ryan
CIRCA Group Europe Ltd.
26 Upper Pembroke St., Dublin 2, Ireland
Declan McGee
Enterprise Ireland
East Point Business Park, Dublin 3, Ireland