CEO, Crospon, Board Member of Irish
Medical Devices Association (IMDA)
John O'Dea is CEO of Irish gastro-diagnostic medical device company Crospon. With 19 years experience in the medical device industry, he has overseen the successful launch of seven electronic medical device products in the past thirteen years. He co-founded Caradyne, an Irish respiratory medical device company in 1998, which was acquired by Respironics Inc. in 2004. Crospon, founded in late 2006, has received a number of awards in the past year including the 2009 Frost & Sullivan European Gastroenterology Technology Implementation of the Year award, the Overall Medical Technology Excellence Award and the Gold Award for Innovation and Research and Development at the 2009 Irish Medical Device Association Awards and, most recently, the 2010 Innovator of the Year Award at the Irish Small Firms Association National Business Awards.
Mr. O'Dea is currently a Board Member of the Irish Medical Device Association, and Chair of the External Advisory Board of the Irish Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) at NUI Galway. He has previously served as a member of the Irish Advisory Science Council Task Force on Company R&D, and represented Ireland on the working group responsible for developing the IEC60601-1-2 standard for electromagnetic compatibility requirements for medical devices. He holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Electronics Engineering all from University College Dublin.
What policies at a European level can help drive the growth and number of medical device start-ups? ( 287Kb)
Whereas SMEs function at a local level, the early-stage funding mechanisms available to them, and the regulations they must adhere, to are largely dictated by European policies. Equally as they seek to conduct clinical trials, and move on to launch products they must deal with an array of requirements set out in the new Medical Devices Directive, and deal with issues around healthcare technology assessment. This presentation will discuss the above issues and make some proposals, actionable at a European level that can aid European SME's in designing or sourcing technologies and bringing them to market.