Medical and Engineering Technology (MET) Gateway at GMIT
Established in 2016, the Enterprise Ireland Medical and Engineering Technology (MET) Gateway is an interdisciplinary applied research centre, providing cutting-edge, industry-focussed solutions for the MedTech, life sciences and engineering sectors. Based at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s Galway campus, the MET Gateway develops novel technologies relevant to clinical research and MedTech companies engaged in Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I). It offers technologies such as Medical Imaging, Bio-simulation and Data Analytics & Visualisation and is currently the only industry service provider of digital fluoroscopy for medical device design verification in Ireland.
To date, the MET Technology Gateway has completed over 130 projects for, and in collaboration with, Irish-based MedTech companies. The MET Centre has been short-listed for the Irish MedTech Association award for academic contribution in 2017, 2018 and again in 2019. This year’s nomination highlights a project recently completed with MET’s industry partner, CERENOVUS (formally known as Neuravi Ltd), part of Johnson & Johnson.
The MET Gateway is one of 15 Technology Gateways, supported by Enterprise Ireland, and operated in partnership with nine Institutes of Technology and the Technological University, Dublin.
Sharon White, Technology Gateway Manager at Enterprise Ireland’s Medical and Engineering Technology (MET) Gateway says, “Our role as a Technology Gateway is to encourage companies to engage with the Institutes of Technology and Technological University to operate as a support to their R&D capabilities. Our aim is to help companies utilise the expertise on offer in our Gateways, giving them access to the technical expertise and know-how of over 300 industry-focussed researchers and the specialist equipment and facilities within the institutions.”
The Technology Gateways can also help companies leverage the research and innovation supports provided by Enterprise Ireland, such as Innovation Vouchers, Innovation Partnerships and the Agile Innovation Fund.
“The MedTech sector is booming in Ireland, and nowhere is it more vibrant than in Galway,” says Sharon. “It is very exciting to be at the forefront of medical device development, continually working towards improved patient outcomes, and knowing the positive effect it will have on patients’ lives.”