Minister Bruton launches Clinical Innovation Award 2012

Opportunity for Irish Clinicians to Develop Their Ideas With World-Leading Cleveland Clinic

Pictured launching the Clinical Innovation Award, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland in association with Cleveland Clinic are last year's winner, Dr Niall Davis, Specialist Registrar in Urology with Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Brian O’Neill, Enterprise Ireland Manager Lifesciences and Chris Coburn, Executive Director, Cleveland Clinic Innovations.
Pictured launching the Clinical Innovation Award, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland in association with Cleveland Clinic are last year's winner, Dr Niall Davis, Specialist Registrar in Urology with Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Brian O'Neill, Enterprise Ireland Manager Lifesciences and Chris Coburn, Executive Director, Cleveland Clinic Innovations.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton TD, today (2 October 2012) announced the launch of the second Clinical Innovation Award, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland in association with Cleveland Clinic. >

The award is aimed at clinicians and healthcare professionals in Ireland.  The winners receive a grant of €15,000 and the opportunity to work with Cleveland Clinic and Enterprise Ireland to develop the commercial feasibility of their innovative ideas.   The ultimate goal is to encourage new healthcare products and services that will improve patient care and benefit both the health care system and Ireland’s medical technologies sector.

The Clinical Innovation Award is open to clinicians in hospitals, third level institutions and non-profit research organisations.  The closing date for applications is 31 October 2012. 

Launching the award, Minister Bruton said: 

“Healthcare and life sciences is a key sector in the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. We have chosen to target this industry as it offers significant potential for growth and job-creation in the coming years, and Ireland already enjoys some competitive advantages with many of the world’s top companies located here and 50,000 people directly employed. The challenge is to build on this, and we are in the process of implementing a number of policy changes to support growth, in particular the establishment of a Healthcare Innovation Hub to bring the health service and industry together to target opportunities.

“This initiative by Enterprise Ireland provides Irish clinicians with an unrivalled opportunity to work with one of the best medical centres in the world to develop products and services that can lead to jobs. My hope is that through this and the other measures we are implementing we can see further growth in the life sciences sector and help create the jobs we need”.

Dr Niall Davis, a clinician who is specialising in Urology, was last year’s winner of the inaugural award, and teamed up with researchers Rory Mooney and Dr Michael Walsh of the University of Limerick to develop a new safety device for urinary catheterisation. Outlining the significance of winning the award Dr Davis said:  ‘Having the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to develop a concept into a product was a great opportunity and the Clinical Innovation Award facilitated this.

‘Using the award, we travelled to Cleveland Clinic to get feedback on our device from a broad range of clinical users, including emergency room doctors, urologists and nurses. It was rewarding to get validation for our approach from these users, as well as obtaining valuable feedback on possible alternative uses for the device’, he said.  The team continues to work with Enterprise Ireland and Cleveland Clinic with a view to building a start up company around the opportunity.

Chris Coburn, Executive Director, Innovations at Cleveland Clinic said:  ‘This partnership with Enterprise Ireland and the Clinical Innovation Award has allowed us to see the range of remarkable medical innovations emanating from Ireland’s healthcare system. We look forward to being a growing part of bringing new Irish products and services to the market to improve patient care’.

Brian O’Neill, Enterprise Ireland Manager Lifesciences said:  ‘Cleveland Clinic ranks in the top four hospitals in the US. This award continues the excellent relationship that Enterprise Ireland has with Cleveland Clinic for our client companies in terms of business development opportunities, market validation, and the opportunity to engage with an internationally recognised clinical community’.

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About the Clinical Innovation Award 2012

Full details of the Fund including the Application Form are available on the Enterprise Ireland web site: www.enterprise-ireland.com/clinical

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2012 and the award winner will be announced on 6 Dec 2012.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States.  U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 167,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org.  Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.