Founder & CEO
Derek is an entrepreneur and innovator in the healthcare sector. He is a named inventor of over 32 + patents with commercial success globally. Derek has successfully co-founded a number of European medical device startup companies including Medtech, Advanced Surgical Concepts and Haptica before spinning into the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) in Dublin. Derek while there established a Healthcare Innovation Hub to develop ideas received from clinicians and inventor in Europe and Internationally. His clinical experience and inventions include devices used in general, HALs, NOTES®, laparoscopic, neuro, SILS and bariatric surgery, urology, orthopedics, colonoscopy, cardiology, interventional radiology, Kidney, Liver transplant, gastrointestinal Endoscopy, surgical education and training and other procedures. Derek has spear headed and completed at least 12 Medical Device Exits with key International Healthcare MNC over the last 12 years. A number of these deal were completed with the following companies; Ethicon Endo Surgery(Endopath Dextrus) , Johnston & Johnston(SpaceOR), Covidien(Omniport), Davol CR Bard(MediTract), Applied Medical (Gelport) Olympus healthlthcare(TriPort), TFX Medical(Intromit), Boston Scientific(Retractable Stent) and CA Healthcare (ProMIS) Derek is Founder, CEO and key promoter of i360medical which is a direct spin out of the Healthcare Innovation Hub from and with the support of the RCSI converting to a for- profit commercial model. Derek has partnered and has the direct support of a number of significant figures in the medical device and clinical sector including Enterprise Ireland, Cleveland Clinic, NSLIJ, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital , A*Star Singapore, Synecor Inc., and a number of Hospital groups in Ireland, Central Europe and Australia. Derek is key speaker/advisor and board member with the following; Charité tech transfer expert panel Berlin, Charité Entrepreneurship Summit, German Accelerator LifeSciences Boston, Irish Government Dept. of Innovation & Enterprise, Health XL Dublin, IceHouse NZ, Startupbooth Camp NY, Editorial Advisory Board Medical Design Technology (MDT) Magazine USA. Derek has built an experienced team of professionals and KOLs with intimate international knowledge of the medical device sector and key Clinical Specialties intending to deliver much needed innovation to commercialization partner services to the international Hospital Systems, Medical Device Industry and Clinical Community. Derek has a background in Mechanical Engineering, CEng, Surgical Innovation and Business Development from the Austin Waldron and Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland. Derek also holds a number of board positions on medical device companies and medical research groups at both a national and international level. As CEO of i360medical, Derek is responsible for company operations ensuring new innovation and commercial partnerships are formed to enable the launch of new products into the Global market place.
Phelim O’Doherty, MIIE
COO & Business Development
Phelim has over 40 years commercial and management experience as a founder, developer, and business mentor to entrepreneurs and start-up enterprises. A qualified Industrial Engineer (Dublin Institute of Technology - DIT), Phelim completed a Post Graduate Qualification in International Selling at the DIT in 2008. He has developed and is cited on 6 granted International Tech Patents. He has significant technical competence across a variety of industries and sectors including MedTech, Information Technology, Media and Manufacturing. He has also provided entrepreneurial support to over 30 start-ups.
Fearghal O’Nolan, FCA
Fearghal is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience at finance director level across a range of industries including pharma, construction, property and hospitality. As a leader within finance and as a director and owner of various businesses, he has overseen, facilitated, and reported on a range of operations which have experienced rapid growth, successfully building teams and relations with investors and partners. He has completed several corporate transactions – both acquisitions and disposals.
Richard Gribbons, BEng, IPMA
VP of Development
Richard graduated from Athlone Institute of Technology with a B.Eng honors degree in Polymer Engineering and has worked in Product Development and Commercial roles within medical device industry for 20 years. He also holds a Diploma in Project Management from the Project Management Institute. He spent 9 years working in Medtronic in Galway managing global R&D teams developing and commercialising class leading PTCA balloon catheters and stent systems. From there he joined Caragh Precision to help build their medical business with responsibility for commercial activities, technical leadership on medical device manufacturing. He worked closely with companies large and small to help develop their medical devices in areas such as orthopaedics and structural heart applications and overseen the installation of a class 7 cleanroom. Most recently Richard worked with Creganna Medical (part of TE Connectivity) to lead a team developing products, as legal manufacturer, across multiple disease states from needs identification (in conjunction with clinical leaders), through development to commercialisation with leading medical device companies. He focused on areas such as PCI catheters & devices for peripheral vascular, GI and atherectomy applications. He subsequently assumed global responsibility for the strategic development of the Structural Heart and Electrophysiology business units within the medical business managing overall business growth and key strategic projects.
Brian Madden, MSc, PhD
VP of Innovation Labs
Brian is a multi-skilled engineer with eight years industrial experience in design and product management combined with an M.Sc. and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Trinity College and the Dublin Institute of Technology, respectively. He is a Fulbright Scholar and has worked with leading experts from Purdue University in Indiana and MIT and Harvard University in Massachusetts. He has strengths in the areas of mechanical, design, project management, communication and marketing skills. He has previously worked as a consultant design engineer in Vancouver and as a European product manager in a high-volume cGMP environment in Ireland. There he gained valuable experience in building customer relationships across Europe, working with ISOs and has developed his Lean Six Sigma skills to Green Belt level. Brian is focused on research and innovation and brings a sizable armament of practical skills in design, testing and fabrication gained whilst working in the family engineering business from teen age.
Eleanor Mac Conmara, PhD
Innovation Development Director
Eleanor has a BSc in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University College Dublin, where her research focused on the use of deep brain stimulation to treat neurological disease. She has several years of medical device industry experience working from the initial concept stage through to CE and FDA certification with cardiac rhythm management, neuromodulation and endoscopic devices. Eleanor has also managed the development and implementation of technical solutions for client organizations as a management consultant in the professional services industry.
Prof Oscar Traynor, MCh, FRCSI
Co-Founder & CMO
Professor Oscar Traynor is Director of the National Surgical Training Centre and Professor of Postgraduate Surgical Education at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). He was recently a consultant surgeon at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland and Director of the National Liver Transplant Programme for Ireland. Prof Traynor is Co-Founder, Chief Medical Officer, director and a promoter of i360medical, a direct spin out of RCSI’s Healthcare Innovation Hub which they established and have converted to a ‘for profit’ commercial model. He is also Chief Medical Officer responsible for compliance at the Hermitage Clinic Dublin. As Director of the National Surgical Training Centre at RCSI, he has been responsible for introducing several innovations to surgical training in Ireland including the world’s first e-learning programme for surgical trainees, a comprehensive curriculum based surgical simulation programme for teaching technical skills and an integrated human factors training programme. Prof Traynor has developed a comprehensive assessment process for surgical trainees (Competence Assessment and Performance Appraisal) which is now used for all surgical specialties in Ireland. Prof Traynor has published widely (over 50 publications) on various aspects of surgical training and has also presented and lectured extensively on the subject of Human Factors in Surgery in Europe, Australia and in the United States. His clinical interests are based around hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, including liver transplantation. Prof Traynor headed up a very busy HPB surgery unit at St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin and played a leading role in developing the National Liver Transplant Programme in Ireland in the early 1990s. The HPB unit at St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin is the sole national tertiary referral centre for Liver Transplantation and for Pancreas Cancer surgery in Ireland.
Prof Paul Neary, MD, FACS
Chief Clinical Lead
Professor Paul Neary is a Colorectal and Laparoscopic General Surgeon based at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital Dublin Ireland. He has received a comprehensive general surgical training covering vascular, breast and endocrine, upper gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary and colorectal surgery through the Royal College of Surgeons Higher Surgical training Programme in Ireland. His main subspecialty interest is colorectal surgery. He has trained in two recognized international tertiary referral centre for the management of complex colorectal cases completing his final Colorectal Fellowship Training in Cleveland Ohio under Dr Victor Fazio. He was appointed as Clinical Professor of Surgery through Trinity College Dublin in 2012. He was appointed to the board of i360 medical in 2014. Professor Neary graduated from University College Cork, NUI in 1992 and following internship in Cork University Hospital was appointed to the Dublin Surgical training programme (postgraduate residency). He complete his MD by thesis and was appointed to the RCSI higher surgical training which he completed in 2003. He was trained in Laparoscopic colorectal surgery in Hull, England under Professor John Monson and at the Cleveland Clinic, USA with Dr Anthony Senagore and Dr Connor Delaney. His personal experience in laparoscopic colorectal surgery now extends to over 1000 resections. He has run operative courses both at home and in the USA demonstrating and teaching laparoscopic colorectal surgery. He is an Editor of an operative textbook on advanced laparoscopic colorectal surgery. He has over 100 publications primary related to advanced colorectal surgery and in particular laparoscopic surgery. He routinely lectures on laparoscopic colorectal surgery both nationally and internationally. He maintains an active research portfolio having mentored several fellows to completion of their MD by thesis in RCSI as well as clinical research projects. He has a special interest in surgical techniques and skills training particularly in the area of virtual reality training and simulation. He has been the head clinical lead in i360medical since its foundation and was appointed to its board in 2014.