Who We Are
Participating Host Organisations
All ESR positions will be jointly hosted by an academic and industry member of the consortium, with all successful candidates hosted for at least 18 months at industry partners. The multidisciplinary training programme delivered to early-stage researchers during the BioImplant ITN programme will enhance career development and employability, promoting their development into leading innovators in the European Medical Technology sector. Selected researchers will enroll in one of the 12 ESR positions available across the host organisations of the BioImplant ITN:
- National University of Ireland Galway (IE)
- The Queens University of Belfast (UK)
- RWTH Aachen (DE)
- IMDEA: Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies (ESP)
- Boston Scientific Ltd (IE)
- Vascular Flow Technologies Ltd. (UK)
- Meotec GmbH (DE)
- ITA TextilTechnologieTransfer GmbH (DE)
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY
The Biomechanics Research Centre, NUI Galway, has a vibrant research culture and has created a reputation for research excellence in the areas of intelligent systems, advanced materials, biomedical engineering, clean energy and environment, and communication technologies. The University has attracted over 50 Million Euro EU funding. In 2013, NUIG was awarded the HR Excellence in Research Logo by the European Commission. The Biomechanics Research Centre at NUI Galway, led by Prof. Peter McHugh has more than 20 years’ experience in research, and the team are world leaders in computational and experimental mechanics. The Biomechanics Research Centre at NUI Galway is at present host to over 40 principal investigators, research fellows, postdoctoral researchers and graduate research students, who are involved in active multi-disciplinary collaborations across the University and with industrial and academic institutions nationally and internationally. Our team has an extensive track record in securing research funds nationally and internationally as well as training and developing graduates for future leadership in the life sciences sector.
The Queens University of Belfast
Queen’s University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities, providing world-class education underpinned by world-class research. The Advanced Materials and Processing Research Cluster within the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering undertakes leading edge multidisciplinary research into the processing, modelling and development of high performance materials and composites, including their use in medical applications. This builds on the longstanding reputation for excellence in polymer research at Queen’s and the industrial relevance of its work.
RWTH Aachen University is one of the nine leading technical universities in Germany and therefore part of the TU9-network. The transfaculty professorship of “Biohybrid & Medical Textiles” led by Prof. Jockenhoevel directly links and combines engineering expertise and medical applications. The aim of the research is always to develop custom-made solutions for clinically relevant problems. One part of the transfaculty professorship is based at the institute for textile technology, having expertise and a long history in mechanical engineering and textile application technology. The Biohybrid & Medical Textiles group is working on the development of new kinds of biomaterials and new applications of textile implants. Several interdisciplinary research groups within RWTH focus on tailoring new materials to the design and production of implants and medical devices guided by clinicians needs.
IMDEA Materials Institute is a non-profit research organization devoted to research in Materials Science and Engineering in Madrid (Spain). IMDEA Materials is committed to excellence in research and to foster technology transfer to industry in a truly international and multidisciplinary environment. IMDEA Materials has a staff of over 100 researchers from 15 different countries and holds a well-established international reputation in processing, microstructural analysis, mechanical characterization and multiscale modelling of advanced metallic materials and composites.
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED
Boston Scientific Ltd (BSL) is a leading innovator of medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. It was founded in 1979 by Pete Nicholas and John Abele. It was founded in 1979 by Pete Nicholas and John Abele, employs approximately 24,000 employees worldwide, generating an annual revenue of $7.2 billion revenue (2013), with approximately $1 billion of this invested in R&D (2013). Boston Scientific’s products and technologies are used to diagnose or treat a wide range of medical conditions, including heart, digestive, pulmonary, vascular, urological, women’s health, and chronic pain conditions. It continues to innovate in these areas and is extending innovations into new geographies and high-growth adjacency markets. In Ireland, Boston Scientific Limited is located at three location Galway, Cork, and Clonmel and is one of the largest employers in the country. The Galway site is the largest facility in Boston Scientific, and has R&D and manufacturing functions. It was established in 1994 and manufactures 45 different products supporting €1bln revenue and employs >3000 people.
Vascular Flow Technologies Ltd.
VFT are a medical devices company operating globally and focussing on the research, development and commercialisation of vascular devices based on a new understanding of blood flow dynamics – Spiral Laminar.
Meotec is a R&D company focussing on medical device technology, especially in the development of biodegradable magnesium alloys and coatings. The company has a staff of 12 employees, mainly working in R&D activities and measurement and testing of materials. Meotec is planning to extend topical business fields by the establishment of manufacturing equipment for own magnesium based implants and to provide such for industrial partners in service.
ITA TextilTechnologieTransfer GmbH
ITA TextilTechnologieTransfer GmbH (ITA GmbH) was founded in December 2002 as a link between the academia and the German textile industry. Ever since, ITA GmbH has grown to be the partner for innovation intensive enterprises in Europe, America and Asia in the field of research and development for the textile based application in the areas of Mobility, Energy, Health Care and Building & Living. ITA GmbH offers a systematic approach to transferring knowledge and technology towards the industry, which allows for conception, design, development and enhancement of functional samples to marketable products. Central to the success of the company is its deep understanding of the academic and industrial sides of innovation, which is reflected by the work experience of the ITA team of project managers, who combine industry related, managerial and integrative skills. ITA constantly contributes to prepare PhD students of RWTH to the challenges of the private sector. Especially in areas such as Project Management and Quality Control, PhD students benefit from the experience of ITA Project Managers with whom they work hand in hand. Knowledge transfers occurs both explicitly and tacitly through learning by doing, assisted by experienced staff.