Voices of Pharma Series

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Date Thursday, September 10th , 2020
Time 8:00 am - 10:00 am

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Our newest series will give 3 industry experts 120 minutes to discuss a particular topic including the opportunity for attendees to pose questions to the panel.  We will be hosting these sessions online initially in line with our Covid19 policy to protect our members.

The first session takes place on September 10th, where our speakers will be discussing how “How Innovation is Disrupting the Delivery of Healthcare” – this was particularly highlighted during the Covid19 pandemic this year with increased collaboration between Stakeholders and the entire healthcare industry. 


Prof Derek O’Keeffe – Consultant Endocrinologist at University Hospital Galway and Professor of Medical Device Technology at NUI Galway.

Derek holds dual first class honours degrees in Engineering and Medicine. In addition he holds a Medical Doctorate and a Masters & PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Limerick and National University of Ireland Galway.
He was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard, a Green Templeton Scholar at Oxford and is a graduate of the Endocrinology Clinical Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, USA.  As well as multiple academic publications, he holds biomedical patents and several international research prizes.  He was awarded The Outstanding Young Person of the World by Junior Chamber International.

He is a Black Belt Taekwondo Instructor, Qualified Pilot & Advanced Scuba Diver. He has previously worked with NASA placing a sleep experiment onboard the International Space Station. In addition he has acted as Flight Surgeon for a NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operation (NEEMO) where they used digital health data to monitor crew health and make mission decisions.   In 2019 he completed the world’s first bi-directional care of a patient living in a remote community with drone technology.

Discussion Title: “C19 Innovations in HealthCare: A Physicianeer Experience”


Prof Martin Curley, Director of the Digital Academy & Open Innovation – HSE

Martin is Director of the Digital Academy and Open Innovation at the HSE, helping enable the digital transformation of Ireland’s health service. Most recently he was Senior Vice President and group head for Global Digital Practice at Mastercard.  Previously Martin was vice president at Intel Corporation and Director/GM of Intel Labs Europe, Intel’s network of more than 50 research labs which he help grow across the European region. He also served as a senior principal engineer at Intel Labs Europe leading Intel’s research and innovation engagement with the European Commission and the broader European Union research ecosystem. Prior to this Martin was Global Director of IT Innovation and Director of IT Strategy and Technology at Intel. Earlier in his Intel career, he held a number of senior positions for Intel in the United States and Europe. He also UCD. He received his Ph.D. in information systems from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.  Martin is the author of numerous books on technology management for value, innovation and entrepreneurship. 


Discussion Title: “Advancing Digital Health using Covid 19 as a big bang disruptor”


Dr Frank O’Donnell, Public Sector Lead – Microsoft 

Frank is the Public Sector Lead for Microsoft Ireland where he is responsible for the business across the island covering Government, Health and Education. He has over 20 years’ experience working within the public sector as a Senior Director at Scottish Enterprise and advising public sector clients as a Partner at PA Consulting and Head of Health and Public Sector Consulting at KPMG.  Frank’s work has been primarily focused on the application of technology to transform government and public services in the Irish, UK and Middle East markets.  He led several strategic engagements with the Department of Health and HSE including defining the overall strategy for a national Electronic Health Record in 2016. He is currently leading Microsoft’s engagement with key customers across Education, Health and Government in their response to Covid-19.




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Date: 10/09/2020