Overview

Ireland is one of the leading global hubs for the medical devices industry, generating €10.6 billion in exports and employing more than 25,000 people. Ireland is now the second largest exporter of medical products in Europe, behind Germany, and The National Research Prioritisation Report reinforced in 2014 the need to support Ireland’s position as a hub for medical device innovation, through integrating existing enterprise and research strengths to drive development of next generation devices. 

Development and commercialisation of high risk medical devices is exceptionally difficult within university ecosystems compared to large multinationals where there are significant IP, regulatory and engineering supports. Class I and IIb devices have lower barriers to entry during development but such products must be very carefully differentiated relative to other products in order to succeed commercially. 

The aim of this research is to develop an alternative approach which focuses on unmet user and clinical needs in low risk medical devices; with design innovation at the start of new product development, otherwise known as the Fuzzy Front End, to optimise the success of new medical innovations. 

People

Dr Leonard O Sullivan portrait
Principle Investigator
Niall Deloughrey
Principle Investigator
Aidan O'Sullivan
Research Assistant

Design Practice & Education

We are actively engaged in research for design education, continuing professional development and design practice.

Design for Health

Our user-centered work in health and wellness focuses on humanising technology that benefits both patients and clinicians.

Design for Sustainability & Society

Our research projects take a design led approach to framing and tackling societal, environmental and consumption issues.

Human Factors in industry

Our research on work related musculoskeletal disorders examines occupational health and industrial ergonomics.