Prof. Leonard O Sullivan's Projects

Real World Studio

6 week sponsored industry collaborations – with the aim of exploring and making sense of multiple diverse and challenging 'real world' design briefs.


SoloPEP is an Enterprise Ireland funded commercialisation project that aims to deliver a disposable positive expiratory pressure device to patients suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, emphysema and COPD.


A novel securement device to reduce catheter related complications, infections, and improve the quality of life in patients requiring long term central venous access.

2017 Graduates from Design Factors

Congratulations to Dr. Fiona Wixted and Dr. Eoin White from their Design Factors friends and from the School of Design, who have graduated with their PhDs at the August 2017 UL Conferrings.

2018 Graduates from Design Factors

Congratulations to both Dr Kirsten Huysamen and Dr Louise Kiernan, who have graduated with their PhDs at the January 2018 UL Conferrings. From their friends in Design Factors and the School of Design.

Health in a Box

Johnson & Johnson & The School of Design, University of Limerick Postgraduate PhD Scholarships

Design for Health and Wellbeing, MSc

Work and co-design with stakeholders right across health care, from hospitals, to mental health services, to public health, to well-being of consumers in society.


An Intelligent exoskeleton based on human-robot interaction for manipulation of heavy goods in Europe's factories of the future.

Rapid Innovation Unit

Ireland's first hopsital-based innovation hub for medical device innovation.


Ostoform is medical device that aims to manage peristomal skin complications for people with ileostomies.


neoMimix uses an active microfluidic platform to naturally select sperm with unrivaled DNA quality for use in assisted human reproduction.

Human Factors Associated with Deployment Accuracy of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is an emerging treatment option for previously contraindicated patients suffering from Aortic Stenosis (AS)

2020 Graduates from Design Factors

Congratulations to Dr Aidan O'Sullivan, Dr Tjasa Kermavna, and Dr Linda Shore who have graduated with their PhDs at the January 2020 UL Conferring. From their friends in Design Factors.

Product Design & Technology

PDT is the largest Product Design undergraduate program in the country. It provides the foundation for much of the research originating from the Design Factors group.

Design of an improved approach to laparoscopic resection of the colon and surrounding mesentery

Exploring opportunities to improve clinical outcome in laparoscopic abdominal surgery using human factors methods to identify specific design needs.

Axo Suit

A lower-body, upper-body and full-body assistive exoskeletons which supports older adults in carrying out their daily tasks, and participating in occupational and social activities.

3D Print @UL

Design Factors' Additive Manufacturing team at the University of Limerick offers 3D Printing services to both research bodies and to industry.

Development of a Fuzzy Front End design framework to optimise commercial success of low risk medical device development

The aim of this research is to focus on developing an alternative approach to determine unmet user and clinical needs in low risk medical devices.


XoSoft is a soft modular biomimetic exoskeleton which aims to assist people with mobility impairments.