Brendan Cunniffe- Managing Director, Prelude Medical Ltd.

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    Innovative Designs vs. Designing Innovatively: where does your Competitive Advantage lie?

    Speaker Bio:

    Brendan is an engineering consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the medical device industry. He is currently Managing Director of Prelude Medical Ltd., a consultancy firm that specializes in innovation product design, project management, clinical trial management, commercial feasibility assessments and ramp-up from early stage design activities into scalable manufacturing. With a Ph.D. in Finite Element Analysis, Brendan has taken multiple Class III implants through the design phase into clinical trials and onto full manufacturing ramp-up. He has a particular expertise in the design and fatigue analysis of implantable Nitinol components. He was Director of R&D with APICA Cardiovascular Ltd., a Galway-based medical company that developed the first CE-approved transapical access and closure device for structural heart procedures, which was acquired in 2014 for US$75m. Brendan is a twice-winner of the National Innovation Award (2001 and 2013) and holder of multiple US and European patents.
    Brendan has a Mechanical Engineering Degree (1996) and Ph. D. in Engineering (2000) from NUIG. He has an MBA from the Smurfit Business School, UCD (2014).

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