Medical Engineering Design and Innovation Centre
Cork Institute of Technology




April 2015

MEDIC to host open night on 30th April 2015 showcasing Product Development, Prototyping and Testing


Centre Overview


  • Two products developed through the MEDIC development process
  • Tympanostomy Tube applicator
  • SDLT (symmetric double lumen tube)


MEDIC Services



About the event


Starting at 7:00pm. Delegates will be introduced to MEDIC and its product development process, with two examples of products developed within the centre (including an ENT product which is the subject of CIT start up AventaMed). The evening will conclude with a tour of the Centre’s facilities. MEDIC has state of the art facilities for 3D printing, precision measurement (CMM) and axial and bi-axial testing (including torsion). These facilities, plus the centre’s design and prototyping capabilities are available as a service to industry.


All are welcome, however it is essential to book for this event. Book Here. For further details please visit Event Page . We would appreciate if you could forward this Email to any of your contacts that you think may be interested in this event.


  • 7:00 pm: Introduction To MEDIC’s Product Development Process and QMS – Daithí Fallon Centre Head, Gayle Lucey QA/RA specialist
  • 7:20 pm: Tympanostomy Tube Applicator; Design, Development and Commercialisation - John Vaughan, MEDIC Engineer and CTO AventaMed
  • 7:40 pm: Symmetric Lung Ventilation Device, John Harrison
  • 8:00 pm: Tour of facilities, including 3D printing, CMM, Testing and Prototyping.



MEDIC Continues to expand expertise is silicone moulding & 3d Printing.


January 2015

MEDIC have continued to expand in our silicone moulding to provide additional capabilities which compliment the continued use of 3d printing.

3D printing should have a meaningful impact on the design control process whilst also allowing the Designer to test and evaluate their designs.  With this in mind we have continued to expand the scope of 3D printing and our Silicone moulding.

MEDIC has used this expertise to mould anatomical parts which can be made from one single silicone material, layers of different silicone materials and silicone with 3d printed parts embedded within.  These techniques help to simulate anatomy with different hardness and elastic qualities and even the impression of bones and cartilage.

December 2014

MEDIC WINS! Prestigious Medical Technology Academic Award.

On Thursday night December 11th 2014, at the Irish Medical Technology Industry excellence awards,

MEDIC scooped first prize in the academic innovation category ahead of other finalists Trinity and GMIT.


On Thursday night December 11th 2014, at the Irish Medical Technology Industry excellence awards, MEDIC scooped first prize in the academic innovation category ahead of other finalists Trinity and GMIT.


The Irish Medical Device Association (IMDA) panel of judges recognised MEDIC for their excellence in medical device discovery and design, and strategic vision in becoming the only academic research centre with ISO 13485 certification. Academic Contribution to Innovation in the Medical Technology Sector


Cork Institute of Technology’s Medical Engineering and Design Innovation Centre (MEDIC) won the medical technology academic award, for their pioneering work in MEDIC, based at CIT’s Bishopstown Campus.

MEDIC was established in 2008 and it is Ireland’s only academic research centre certified to ISO 13485, the international standard for medical device design. The MEDIC team is skilled and experienced in medical device design, prototyping, verification and validation, and their work is supported by an extensive network of clinicians.

MEDIC recently developed the Tympanostomy Tube (grommet) Device, a safer, cheaper and more convenient single-use device which places a pre-loaded grommet into a patient’s eardrum in less than one second. This device was conceived by the MEDIC team and then designed, prototyped, patented and tested by MEDIC. It is now manufactured in Ireland, supported by Enterprise Ireland, and brought to the market by AventaMed, a CIT spin-out company. This is an excellent example of collaboration and synergy emanating from Cork Institute of Technology.


Daithi Fallon, Head of MEDIC, accepted the award on behalf of the entire MEDIC team, saying:


 “We are absolutely delighted to win this prestigious award and for our work to be recognised in this way. MEDIC has been on the innovation and commercialisation trail since well before it became part of the common language of the third-level sector. We have brought industry standard discipline into the research lab by building a team of highly experienced engineers and innovators and I want to thank all of my MEDIC colleagues as well as CIT and EI for all their support. We also thank the IMDA, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland for the opportunity to showcase what we believe is a unique offering from the academic sector.”



The awards were featured in the Sunday Business Post of December 14th.


IBEC Press Release


December 2014

MEDIC short-listed for IMDA Academic Contribution to Innovation in the Medical Technology Sector


The finalists have been announced for the 2014 Medical Technology Industry Excellence Awards. The awards are jointly hosted by Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and the Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA).

The ultimate winners will be announced at the gala awards dinner following the Medtech CEO Forum on 11 December in the Strand Hotel, Limerick.


November 2014

MEDIC Spin out company AventamED wins Munster final of INTERtrade Ireland Seedcorn competition


Medical device company, AventaMed were named as Best Overall Early Stage company at InterTradeIreland’s 2014 all-island Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition.  The winners were announced at the final of the competition held at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast last night. AventaMed as Best Early Stage company will take away a cash prize of €100,000. 


Read More Here.



November 2014

MEDIC researchers invent device to simplify ear ops


Two Irish researchers have invented a medical device which has the potential to revolutionise how doctors around the world perform one of the most common childhood medical procedures. Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) MEDIC researchers Olive O’Driscoll and John Vaughan, co-founders of CIT start-up AventaMed, have just won a national innovation award for their V-Tube device — a ground-breaking, surgical instrument for inserting grommets. Read More

August 2014

MEDIC in association with CIT Rubicon based Dog Day Media showcase latest product development


MEDIC Has Developed a One Lung Ventilation device consisting of a unique positioning balloon (fig1). The Balloon is configured to engage the walls of the Trachea at the Carina sealing against the bronchi and the trachea thus considerably simplifying the insertion and location of the OLV while providing a secure placement of the balloon.


MEDIC has employed the services of CIT based Dog Day Media to produce an animated short presentation of the products key functionality.


To view the animation please follow the link below.





April 2014

AventaMed has won the MedTech Idol Competition at the Invest in Innovation (IN3) Medical Device 360° conference.



         MEDIC employees win opportunity to present at IN³ Medical Device 360° summit in San Francisco.







The IN3 conference brought together a diverse group of Medtech's key thought leaders including corporate business development execs, venture capital and angel investors and start-up entrepreneurs. It featured an outstanding agenda of panels, networking sessions with industry.


The conference included the MedTech Idol competition for early stage Medtech companies which gave 4 selected companies, from an original entry of 30+ international companies, the opportunity to pitch their business plans and products to a panel of world-class Medtech investors. As winners, AventaMed will present at the IN³ Medical Device 360° Summit from November 5th to 7th in San Francisco.


April 2014


AventaMed short-listed in top 10 for MedTech Idol Competition




                 AventaMed is an early stage campus company spin-out from the Medical Engineering Design and Innovation Centre (MEDIC), now housed in the CREATE building on the Bishopstown Campus. The company is taking a device developed within MEDIC to market. The device greatly simplifies the insertion of ventilation tubes  (grommets) into the eardrums of (primarily) children suffering severe ear infections (a very common complaint). The device will allow the procedure to be completed in a standard clinic and remove the need for the procedure to be performed under anaesthetic in a hospital.

                 AventaMed has now been short-listed in the top 10 for the MedTech Idol Competition at the Invest in Innovation Medical Device 360° Event in Dublin on April 9, 2014. The event brings together industry experts in financing, business development and clinical trials and provides meet and greet and networking sessions. Four finalists will be selected on the day to present to a panel of world class investors in the medical field and we are hopeful that AventaMed will be one of those.

                Congratulations to Olive O’ Driscoll and John Vaughan who are CEO and CTO of AventaMed respectively.

                  More information on the IN3 can be found here Investment in Innovation (IN3) Medical Device 360° Dublin


March 2014



MEDIC is excited to announce the delivery of new CMM vision machine for MEDIC metrology


February 2014

MEDIC Trials 3D printed moulds for injection moulding process.



MEDIC is in the process of trialling 3D printed moulds for use in a rapid injection moulding machine, can the material stand up to the pressure?


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