Prof. Chii-Wann Lin and Mr. Fergus Fleming at the workshop.



From November 23-25, the BDI led an exciting initiative on behalf of DCU (and the wider Medtech sector in Ireland) by holding a joint Ireland/Taiwan workshop on "Best Practice in Translation of Medical Technology Research".

An impressive delegation of 15 travelled from Taiwan including representatives from key national laboratories (NARL and ITRI) and four leading universities.

Delegates learned how Taiwan is developing a model for translation of medical technologies research through significant investment in the establishment of Biomedical Science Parks.

Ireland is already established as a leading cluster for Medical Technologies on a global scale as evidenced by it position as second largest exporter of medtech products in Europe. A range of insightful presentations from colleagues in BDI, DCU and partner institutions highlighted how this leadership position is underpinned by a leading edge research ecosystem. National enterprise agencies and four Irish based companies outlined why Ireland is a location of choice for translation of research to the global market.

Over the course of the 3 day event, the similarities and synergies between Ireland and Taiwan were highlighted. A number of potential collaborations were identified and these will be explored further in the coming weeks and months.

The BDI wishes to thank all those who helped make this unique event a success and invites you to view the content presented over the three days.

Coverage on the event appeared in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Technology Ireland and can be found here.

Key presentations from the worskshop can be viewed here.