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Enterprise Ireland teams up with Mayo Clinic in ‘ready for market’ deal

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Enterprise Ireland teams up with Mayo Clinic in ‘ready for market’ deal

Enterprise Ireland teams up with Mayo Clinic in ‘ready for market’ deal
April 10
08:38 2014

Early stage medical treatments and devices – invented at the Mayo Clinic in the US – are to be developed into ready for market products by Irish academic institutions under a new agreement to be signed this morning.

It is hoped the five year plan will lead to the setting up of 10 new spin-out companies and the creation of dozens of jobs.

For the past 150 years, the non-profit Mayo Clinic in the US has been a world leader in medical treatment and research.

But according to the clinic, developing a good idea from early stage basic research into a ready for market product is expensive and difficult to fund in the US.

The Taoiseach will today witness the signing of an agreement that will see the Mayo Clinic partner with EnterpriseIreland, which has an established commercialisation fund and expertise in the area.

The clinic will hand over 20 promising ideas for new medical technologies and EnterpriseIreland will provide €12m in funding and experts in universities and academic institutions here to develop them for market.

The first project – a device for treating acute pancreatitis – is already being developed at NUI Galway.

It is hoped the unique partnership will lead to the creation of 10 spin-out companies, and as a consequence the creation of dozens of jobs

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