This sector deals with the use of technology to improve health. It is a significant industry in Ireland, with many people employed in creating medical devices such as contact lenses, diabetes injectors and ventilators. Biomedical technologies fuse biology and medicine with the goal of maintaining and improving animal and human health. On the more advanced edges of the sector the devices worked on can seem like they’re straight out of a science fiction movie.
According to the Irish Medtech Association 38,000 are employed in Medtech, with companies planning on hiring up to 4000 new staff by 2020. This means Ireland has, per capita, the highest number of people employed in Medtech.
Innovation and competitiveness are vital to the sector in Ireland. Key to maintaining their advantage in these areas are the qualifed gradutes emerging from Irish heigher education institutions.
Clinical trials occur in phases, where a drug is tested on patients or on healthy volunteers.
Career opportunities in the world of medical technologies range from the research, design and manufacture of simple consumables such as bandages, to electrically active implantable products such as artificial hearts, cardiovascular stents, orthopaedic knees, wheelchairs and contact lenses.
The plastics industry in Ireland is an important sub sector of MedTech. It includes suppliers of raw materials, plastic processors and service providers.
Biomedical Technologies& Engineering involves research to develop new technologies for medical purposes, such as diagnosing illnesses or assisting people with disabilities. The maintenance of existing technology is also an important part of the field.