Curriculum Vitae
Full Name Eoin O’Cearbhaill
Position / Job Title Associate Professor
Affiliation University College Dublin
Dr. Eoin O’Cearbhaill is an Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering in the School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, UCD, Ireland and Director of the UCD Centre for Biomedical Engineering. In 2013, he joined UCD and set up the UCD Medical Device Design Group. Dr. O’Cearbhaill’s research focuses on developing platform medical device technologies, offering smart ways to sense biosignals deliver next-generation therapeutics through minimally invasive approaches. Coupled with his academic research, Dr. O’Cearbhaill’s experience includes working with medical device start-ups, contract design manufacturers and large multinationals. Dr. O’Cearbhaill developed a mechanical clutch needle that is designed to stop automatically when it enters a cavity, which won 1st prize for Best Innovation at The MIT Sloan Bioinnovations Conference, 2012. While working with Prof. Seung Yun Yang in Prof. Jeff Karp’s lab at Harvard University, he co-invented an adhesive MNP that mechanically interlocks with tissue and can be used to anchor skin grafts, for sustained drug delivery or the extraction of interstitial fluid (IChemE’s Innovative Product of the Year Award 2013). In 2015, Dr. O’Cearbhaill received a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship (Reintegration Grant), focused on the development of porous metallic microneedles. In 2017, Dr. O’Cearbhaill co-founded Latch Medical to commercialise microneedle-based medical devices and drug delivery systems focused on a novel self-anchoring microneedle system, which won the 2018 Allergan Innovation Award.