Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Scope for medical device industry grows as Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland signs major research and innovation agreement

06 May 2009

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) signed  a major scientific agreement today with one of the largest and most respected American medical centres, Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. The agreement will enable the two institutions to collaborate on educational, research and innovation activities in the medical device industry and will contribute to the growth of the industry in Ireland and the United States.

The collaboration will enable growth of the research, development and design end of the medical device sector in Ireland. The agreement will enable the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Cleveland Clinic to identify medical device market voids, encourage the development of medical device solutions, as well as partnering on clinical trials for CE and FDA approval.


Pictured at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Cleveland Clinic in Ohio are (standing L-R) Derek Young, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Sean McEllin, Enterprise Ireland; Joseph Hahn, Cleveland Clinic; Kieran Ryan, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; David Strand, Cleveland Clinic; Chris Coburn, Cleveland Clinic Innovations and Brian Griffin, Cleveland Clinic.  Sitting (L-R) are Oscar Traynor, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Delos Cosgrove Cleveland Clinic.

Professor Oscar Traynor, Director of National Surgical Training Centre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland said ‘The establishment of this scientific agreement helps to position Ireland at the forefront in Europe as an innovation hub and an innovator in clinical care. The agreement will enable the Centre for Innovation in Surgical Technology (CIST) and the Centre for Clinical Research and Development (CCR&D) to work in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Innovations in the areas of orthopaedics, cardiovascular disease and general surgery and we look forward to working with Cleveland Clinic to further develop and enhance patient care.”

Chris Coburn, Executive Director, Innovations, Cleveland Clinic’s corporate venturing arm said ‘Cleveland Clinic was founded on a belief that an exceptional capacity for innovation should be valued. Collaborating with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is a valuable extension of those core values, and we are thrilled to be working with such an esteemed institution.’

Welcoming the agreement, Mr Frank Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, EnterpriseIreland said ‘The establishment of this scientific agreement between the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Cleveland Clinic is a highly significant development.  It provides a great opportunity for both organizations to work together to address complex healthcare challenges and develop innovative medical solutions that will ultimately improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.  It will deepen the innovation capability in the sector in Ireland, contributing to our global reputation in this field and helping to drive continued growth in the sector.  EnterpriseIreland looks forward to continuing to support the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in its future international growth.’