The Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC ) at NUI Galway will host a one-day conference on the medical technology clusters in Ireland and Massachusetts on Thursday, October 28, in the Bailey Allen Hall.
The purpose of the conference is to learn about the cluster of medical technology companies in Massachusetts and in particular the industry-specific organisations that drive the cluster’s development. Within this context the conference will discuss the future path of Ireland’s medical technology sector. The event is aimed at practitioners from industry and public policy agencies, as well as academics, and will provide a unique opportunity to forge links between medical technology organisations in the two regions.
Professor Philip Cooke, director at the Centre for Advanced Studies, Cardiff University, will give the keynote address. A panel discussion entitled ‘From Intent to Reality: Making an Internationally Competitive Cluster Happen’ will also take place.
The Irish medical technology cluster currently comprises approximately 120 companies creating some 24,000 jobs. The cluster is driven by the significant presence of large foreign-owned subsidiaries operating in Ireland whose capabilities lie in manufacturing as well as product and process development activities.