February Tech Talk

Topic:  “Disruptive Technologies that will transform the LifeScience Industry”


it@cork have invited some of Corks leading experts from the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and IT Industry to explore the future and whats to be expected in the coming years.

Prof Barry O’Sullivan UCC will MC the morning’s discussion highlighting some of the recent advancements in Data Analytics, 3D Printing, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, and Robotics. To celebrate ‘Engineers Week’ which is a week-long festival of nationwide events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland.

During the networking breakfast “Patrick Liddy, from Augmented Reality and UtilityAR will have a demonstration unit with a few Augmented Reality Headsets to allow guests experience Augmented Reality first hand and to have an insight into the amazing potential.



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John Savage

CEO, ActionPoint

John Savage is co-founder and CTO of ActionPoint. John has been working in the area of Virtual Reality as far back as 2001 when he won a National Award in conjunction with the University of Limerick for his VR system called OpenVR.

Today John spearheads the software services division of ActionPoint and has led the charge in exploring the HoloLens and all the benefits that Augmented and Mixed Reality can bring to pharma, biopharma, health and smart manufacturing teams both locally in Ireland and internationally.

Martin Leahy

IT Director, BioMarin

Martin is IT Director at BioMarin, Shanbally, Cork. Martin has extensive experience in the pharma / biopharma industry having carried out various local and regional IT roles for Warner Lambert, Pfizer, Amgen and BioMarin. Most recently Martin spent four years in the service industry as CTO of Abtran, Ireland’s largest indigenous service.

BioMarin is at the beginning of a long road towards the leveraging of AR in business of manufacturing of medicines. Taking a three-phase approach, the technology will make a real difference to BioMarin’s patients worldwide over the coming years

Joe Devin

Director of Process Development, Boston Scientific

Joe leads the process development engineering activities in the Cork facility. He has led multiple project teams focused on developing and implementing technology solutions for new products. His teams have delivered complex automation solutions for a variety of new product applications and are now focusing on the introduction of Data Science initiatives which will be key to delivering more robust solutions and products in the future.

Joe joined Boston Scientific in 2006 and has held positions as Director of Engineering and Production Director for the Cork facility. Prior to Boston Scientific, Joe worked in Operations and New Product introduction for Ford Motor Co. in the UK and the US.

Joe has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from University College Cork and a Master’s Degree in Technology Management also from University College Cork.

Andrew Hickey

Advanced Engineering Manager, DePuy Synthes J&J

Andrew Hickey is an Advanced Engineering Manager within the Operations Technology Development Global Function of DePuy Synthes.
Andrew began his career with Johnson & Johnson in 2014 and has a direct focus to provide global leadership for the identification, development and deployment of breakthrough front end technologies and capabilities.

Andrew has over 13 years’ experience within the medical device industry, specialising in both product Research & Development and process development from design concept to the commercialisation of medical devices for the treatment of varying disease states. Prior to joining DePuy Synthes, Andrew worked in various Manufacturing Engineering, Research & Development & Process Development engineering roles within Boston Scientific.

Andrew is an advocate and encourages a culture of innovation to challenge the status quo via disruptive technologies. “A New World of Healthcare is intersecting with a New World of Technology, within manufacturing we need to be ready for the Future”.

Professor Barry O'Sullivan

Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, UCC

Professor O'Sullivan serves as Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in the Department of Computer Science at University College Cork. At UCC he holds the Chair of Constraint Programming. He served as head of Department from September 2012 to August 2015.

Professor O'Sullivan was elected a Fellow of EurAI, the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI), and a Senior Member of AAAI, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, in 2012. In 2014 he was elected to the board of EurAI, and was elected it's Deputy President in August 2016.

Professor O’Sullivan was President of the International Association for Constraint Programming from 2007-2012; he was Chair of the Artificial Intelligence Association of Ireland from 2007-2016; coordinator of the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics Working Group on Constraints; and Council Member of the Analytics Society of Ireland, which is a member of the International Federation Of Operational Research Societies. He was the first Irish scientist to give an Invited Talk at AAAI, the conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. In 2013 he received a UCC Leadership Award and won the Association for Constraint Programming Distinguished Service Award in 2014.