The applied research technology themes offered via the Gateway are aligned to a number of established research groups which include GMedTech and Data Science research Groups. The foundation blocks that support these competencies can be viewed and subdivided into 2 categories: non-sectoral specific and Medical Technologies specific.
Competencies specific to the Medical and Engineering sector include:
In collaboration with clinicians, GMIT has built up an extensive portfolio of clinical data and has mastered the ability to convert this into engineering data. Hundreds of anonymous MRI’s and other clinical images are available detailing various patient conditions and complications. The centre is growing its reputation as a repository of clinically relevant data suitable for use in early product development.
GMIT is best known both nationally and internationally for its anatomical modelling. They have a proven and expanding ability to make clinically relevant models based on the data repository outlined above. This offering is extensively used by companies in early stage product development and it will be the role of the Gateway Manager to ensure all relevant companies are aware of simulation as a means to optimise product feasibility testing.
Access to Equipment:
The equipment highlighted in the previous section is obviously available to the MedTech sector also. In addition, GMIT is licenced and provides access to a certified fluoroscope which is extensively used in product evaluations, product demonstrations and training.
The 24 people associated with the Gateway have varied skills to offer industry. Senior members of staff have long service and bring particular skills in their understanding of internal anatomy from an engineering perspective. This offers a unique access to a skillset that can comfortably liaise between the clinician and the product developer.
Many of the current projects require extensive reporting on development iterations, testing results and evidence of certified testing. This portfolio can be delivered to customers in a format that supports their technical files submissions. It is the intention of the proposed Gateway to further enhance this technology offering by formally achieving ISO standards and therefore becoming more pertinent to the needs of companies.
Teaching & Training:
Collating course content, professional delivery, appropriate facilities and course certification are all readily available skills and competencies within the MET Gateway. MET Gateway can design and deliver suitable short training courses specific to a company’s needs.