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The Irish Medtech Association, has called on Government to invest €42 million in an advanced discrete manufacturing centre of scale in Budget 2019 (see attached report) to safeguard Ireland’s manufacturing future.

The group has highlighted the major R&D and innovation gap in Ireland in the area of discrete manufacturing (production of distinct items, such as medical devices). There’s significantly less state-funding beyond the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 where analytical and experimental critical function and/or proof of concept has been established. More is needed at TRL 5-7 level where integrated technological components can undergo testing, notably in a simulated environment and operational environment, in centres like Tyndall (ICT), NIBRT (biopharma), and Teagasc (agri-food), but capable of being at the cutting edge in medtech.

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