Dundalk based Lero researcher Dr Fergal McCaffery of Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has been awarded grants worth in excess of e1m by Enterprise Ireland to commercialise a number of research projects.
The main grant for e500,000 will be to commercialise work which Dr McCaffery and his team has conducted into the development of a software process framework for the production of medical devices.
“The fact that Ireland is leading the development of standards for medical device software will do much to enhance its reputation as a leading global centre both in software and medical devices. The research being carried out by Dr McCaffery and his team will provide indispensable technology bricks that will enable a wide range of product applications. Enterprise Ireland is delighted to help finance this ambitious and forward thinking initiative,” commented Gearoid Mooney, Director of ICT Commercialisation, Enterprise Ireland.
Under new EU and US regulations, medical devices are no longer treated solely as hardware. Now the software involved must comply with a new standard known as IEC 62304.
“This has huge implications for the industry and our research came up with a tool kit which will enable medical device companies to develop products in accordance with the latest international standards,” commented Dr McCaffery. “With the assistance of Enterprise Ireland, we now aim to commercialise these findings as there is a global demand from medical device companies to comply with these regulations.”
Early research on the programme was implemented through Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre. “Dr McCaffery is recognised as an international leader in this space,” commented Professor Mike Hinchey, Director, Lero. “He recently completed the medical device section of a €4.6m EU software research programme designed to speed and reduce the cost of certification of software and so enhance European competitiveness.”