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10 people to follow if you want a career in medtech

8 Jun 2018

Want to build a strong medtech career? Start by checking out these major medtech players to beef up your Twitter news feed.

In case you missed it, Medtech Week took place across Europe this week and we took the opportunity to take a closer look at the thriving medtech industry both here and abroad.

Ireland is fast becoming the Silicon Valley of the medtech world, with more than 38,000 people employed within the sector.

For those who want to know more about how to achieve a successful medtech career, we examined what you need to know to get started and how to land your first job.

The truth is, there is an endless amount of information out there about the growing world of medical technology and those interested in growing their career would do well to take note of some of the biggest players within the industry.

We’ve rounded up 10 major medtech influencers you should follow on Twitter if you’re interested in entering this space or developing your career even further.

Bronwyn Brophy (@BronwynBrophy)

As vice-president of early technologies in the EMEA region at Medtronic, Bronwyn Brophy is widely considered one of Ireland’s most powerful women in medtech right now.

Brophy has worked in the medical devices industry for more than two decades and her current role has a focus on accelerating the adoption of new therapies in the areas of lung, liver and oesophageal cancer.

Alex Butler (Alex__Butler)

With a strong background in life sciences, digital health and medical devices, Alex Butler is a major thought leader at the intersection of health and technology.

Butler is the co-founder of Foundry3, a science, creativity and innovation company working to build the future of healthcare. Butler hosts a healthcare podcast called Digitally Sick and previously worked for Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

Jennifer Joe (@JenniferJoeMD)

Digital health expert and practising physician Dr Jennifer Joe is also a CEO and entrepreneur within the medtech space.

Joe is the founder of Medstro, an SaaS platform for digital communities and online challenges for healthcare and medicine. Joe is also editor in chief of MedTech Boston and has spoken at a number of events and conferences.

Eamonn Costello (@eamonncostello)

Eamonn Costello is the co-founder and CEO of PatientMpower, which aims to create positive outcomes for those with kidney and lung disease, with tools to self-manage and integrate with their health provider.

Earlier this year, the company was named joint winner at the IPF Catalyst Challenge in Chicago. Prior to his work with PatientMpower, Costello was director at MEG Support Tools, which creates clinical support tools to make life easier for healthcare workers.

Ciara Clancy (@ciarapt)

Physiotherapist and medtech entrepreneur Ciara Clancy is the founder and CEO of Beats Medical, a company that aims to empower people with Parkinson’s disease through an app using individualised metronome therapy.

Beats Medical is a former winner of Google’s Adopt a Startup competition and last year, Clancy was awarded the accolade of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.

Bill Doherty (@CookMedicalEU)

Having joined Cook Medical nearly 25 years ago as its first employee, Bill Doherty is now the vice-president of Cook Medical EMEA and managing director of Cook Medical Ireland.

Cook Medical is one of the largest privately held global medtech companies, employing about 880 people at its Limerick HQ.

Pamela Hussey (@phussey47)

Pamela Hussey is a lecturer in the school of nursing and human sciences at Dublin City University.

She is also director of the ICNP R&D User Group and Centre for eIntegrated Care.

Hussey’s research interests include concepts and terminology, developing technology-enhanced learning objects, and the electronic health record.

Abhay Pandit (@abhay_curam)

With Galway a strong medtech hub within Ireland, Prof Abhay Pandit is definitely someone you need to know as the centre director of the Science Foundation Ireland research centre Cúram at NUI Galway.

Within 10 months of opening, Cúram managed to secure €22m in EU funding under various research projects.

Earlier this year, the medical devices research centre also finalised a deal with the South Korean Biomedical Manufacturing Technology Centre.

Tina Tan (@MedtechTinaTan)

With more than 20 years of experience covering the medical devices, diagnostics and biotech sectors, Tina Tan is a medtech voice worth listening to on Twitter.

Throughout her career, Tan has held a number of editorial positions within Clinica, one of the leading business information resources for companies serving the global medtech industry. Tan is currently the editor in chief of Medtech Insight.

Jose Gomez-Marquez (@jfgm)

Jose Gomez-Marquez is co-director of Little Devices Lab at MIT, a company that develops empowerment technologies for health such as ‘plug-and-play’ diagnostic devices.

Gomez-Marquez is a three-time MIT Ideas Competition winner, including two Lemelson awards for international technology.

He is also the co-founder of Maker Health, a life sciences company working at the intersection of making and healthcare.

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the editor of Silicon Republic in 2023, having worked as the deputy editor since February 2020. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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