BioExel will provide office space in NUI Galway, the European University of the Year for 2018. Galway City, on the West coast of Ireland, is a global hub for healthcare research, particularly biopharma, data analytics and AI, diagnostics and medtech, including assistive and interventional technologies.

Teams will have access to laboratories across university departments including cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine, computation and data analytics, pharmacology, regenerative medicine, as well as the Cairnes Business School and the Law School. State-of-the-art clinical research facilities at NUI Galway include the Centre for Research in Medical Devices (Cúram); the Lambe Institute for Translational Research, specialising in cardiovascular health; and the HRB Clinical Research Facility; as well as an array of academic research and clinical capabilities, including stem cell facilities.

Cúram offers expertise in biomaterials and drug delivery, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, and glycoscience and device design. Cúram is based in the state-of-the-art National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science, opened in 2014.  Other resources include fabrication facilities and 3D printing.


Access to university faculty and administrative staff (including experts in biology/biochemistry, business, clinical trials, IP, medical, legal, regulatory, translational research, etc.). Access to corporate leadership in AI, analytics/big data, biopharma, diagnostics, IT, medical devices, tech transfer. Access to angel investors, VCs and the greater investing community. These resources include deep networks across the United States. Access to training in both medical and biological sciences, business school, law school and other departments within NUI Galway.


Access to corporate and academic partners via Cúram and BioInnovate, including Stanford, the Mayo Clinic, the University of Chicago, the 1871 tech hub and its global outreach, including the Sente accelerator program (which runs accelerators in Finland, France, Israel, Romania, and Turkey).

A highly engaged network of academics from other Irish institutions, including University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, the Royal College of Surgeons and others.
Galway is a centre of excellence in medtech design, and our various neighbours hold regular events, conferences and workshops. MedTech Brew, hosted by the Irish Medtech association, affords regular opportunities to meet and form collaborations with industry players. BioExel also has a relationship with the Portershed, an “innovation ecosystem” in Galway city centre.
Access to angel and VC investors in the EU and USA. Relationships with Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Bank of Ireland and Western Development Corporation which help provide access to market for emerging companies through funding and other supports.


The mentor-centric programme, with both a seasoned entrepreneur- and investor-in residence, differentiates itself from other programmes in that successful applicants will receive €95,000 (cash and in-kind services) to help significantly accelerate medtech opportunities which have a specific technical, commercial and/or clinical question to answer in an intensive 6-month period.