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Institutes of Technology Ireland
Research & Innovation

A Simulator for Testing of Medical Devices

Novate Medical Ltd. is a Galway-based medical device company that develops innovative products for the treatment of vascular disease. Novate Medical was established in 2006 and was based at the Innovation in Business Centre (IiBC) at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). GMedTech is an applied research centre, also based at GMIT, and serving the medical device sector. In 2007, Novate Medical undertook a two-year collaborative research project with GMedTech, funded through Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Partnership programme.

The Innovation Partnership concerned advancements in filter devices for the prevention of Pulmonary Embolism (PE). PE is a condition that involves blood clots travelling to the lungs from deep veins in the legs. It accounts for 10% of in-hospital deaths in Europe and North America each year. It can be prevented by placing a filter in the large vein (the inferior vena cava) that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the lungs.

Novate Medical wanted to develop a novel technology aimed at expanding the market for inferior vena cava (IVC) filters for the prevention of PE. Pre-clinical testing is a key stage of the technology development process. The Innovation Partnership addressed the development of a simulation system that could be used in the pre-clinical stage of testing for new filter designs. By providing a simulated environment, the time, cost and quality of the pre-clinical testing phase could be improved by testing product design in an environment that closely mimics the clinical situation. As a result of the project, Novate Medical has gained significant market advantage. The company has saved in R&D and product development costs and achieved opportunities for product improvement. The company uses the system as a marketing and training tool, particularly enabling clinicians to test the product and provide feedback on their experience.


“Novate Medical found the Innovation Partnership scheme run by Enterprise Ireland very valuable. It allowed us as the industry sponsor to carry out research using the capabilities of GMedTech to create an anatomically correct model. This included the hiring of a specialist engineer and using the contacts of employees of GMedTech in both academic institutions and hospitals. The work carried out in this partnership has supported the development of a novel medical device used to protect patients from blood clots created as a result of Deep Vein Thrombosis.”
Steven Horan, R&D Director, Novate Medical

“At the Innovation in Business Centre in GMIT Galway we are continually linking client companies with the research and equipment capabilities of the host institute. We have several examples of synergy between industry and academia and one of these is an Innovation Partnership which was completed between Novate Medical and GMedTech to develop testing capabilities for a new medical device product. These research partnerships allow emerging companies to get access to postgraduate researchers, specialised equipment and dedicated services to create added value products and services which can compete on a global scale.”
George McCourt, Manager, Innovation in Business Centre, GMIT, Galway

Client: Novate Medical Ltd.
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Industry: Medical Devices
National Priority Area: Medical Devices

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