Agenda subject to change
8.30- 09.30Registration, coffee & networking Registration, coffee & networking
09:15 – 09:25WelcomeIrish Medtech Association Vice-chairman
Gary Hartnett, DePuy Synthes
09:25 – 09:35Opening RemarksIrish Medtech Association Senior Executive
Adrienne McDonnell
Conference Director: Sean O’Sullivan, Chairman Seabrook Technology Group
Session 1: Leading with ambition: Demonstrating the Strategic Leadership to grow your end-to-end manufacturing
Chair Session 1: Peter Walsh, SLO Consulting
Session Outcomes:

• Looking beyond the four walls of the plant and examining your business model;
• Cascading the business strategy into financial and operational results;
• Attracting more investment;
• Building the business through mergers and acquisitions;
• Influencing corporate partners;
• Harnessing opportunities within your capabilities;
• Being ambitious and taking that leap of faith.
09:40 – 10:00Horizon scanning the manufacturing opportunities - Case study on Integer and attracting more investment through acquisitions and partnershipsJohn Harris, VP Operations, Integer
10:00 - 10:20Leading with ambition – understanding the business case for Advancement in digitisation and transformation. What is the ROI?Padhraic McGinn, Senior Operations Director Europe, Nypro Healthcare
10:20 – 10:40How to make yourself investor-readyTom Brennan, Co-Founder & Director, TriviumVet
10:40 – 11:00Panel discussion and Q&A

Panel outcomes:
Learning how to become strategically astute and building your internal relationships for Corporate Development;
• Understanding how to become Investor-ready;
• Knowing what a larger MNC’s looking for in an SME in terms of building their business out for digitisation and expansion;
• Helping the SME understand the mindset of the larger MNC and how to harness opportunities with innovation;
• Generating new revenue streams by increasing competitiveness.

Panel members:
John Harris, VP Operations, Integer
Padhraic McGinn, Senior Operations Director Europe, Nypro Healthcare
• Tom Brennan, Co-Founder & Director, TriviumVet
11:00 - 11.30Coffee break
Session 2: Using insights from data to advance your manufacturing business
Chair: Session 2Clare Dillon, Technology Evangelist, Clare Dillon Consulting

Session Outcomes:

Knowing what to do with Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how to use it effectively in manufacturing;
• How AI and Blockchain are changing the supply chain;
• Implementing change based on data;
• Understanding new ways to do business with digitisation using Augmented Reality (AR);
• Translating and deploying AR to create business outcomes;
• Keeping it real and people-centric in a world of numbers.
11:30 - 11:50IIoT, Big Data Analytics, and role of AIJim Thompson, Head of Medtech, Siemens
11:50 – 12:10Blockchain Declan Fay, Managing Director, ISG (Information Services Group) - Ireland
12:10 – 12:30Speeding up the end results – how Robots improve people’s jobs and efficienciesSean Finnerty, Quality Director, Valeo Vision Systems
12:30 -12:45Panel discussion and Q&A

Panel outcomes:
Discussing successes and failures of applying AI to the factory floor;
• Exploring industry best practices for using AI to generate new business models;
• Discussing the real value of machine learning technology and AI can, and should, offer manufactures;
• What’s next?: Measuring success and continuously looking for areas of improvement.

Panel members:
Jim Thompson, Head of Medtech, Siemens Ltd;
• Declan Fay, Managing Director, ISG (Information Services Group) – Ireland;
• Sean Finnerty, Quality Director, Valeo Vision Systems;
12.45 - 13.45Lunch
Session 3: Parallel Sessions
Parallel Session 3New and interactive digital solutions to enhance your manufacturing processes
Chair: Session 3aJoan Mulvihill, Digitisation Lead, Siemens
Session Outcomes:
Exploring practical applications of Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality and implementing them;
Examining powerful Machine Learning solutions for Industry 4.0;
Looking at the impact of Industry 4.0, automation, Cobotics, Robotics, etc.
• Leveraging IoT; Big Data and Robotics Process Automation.
13:45 -14:05Augmented Reality - powering productivity through enhanced manufacturing processes?Paul Sweeney, CEO, Daiqri
14:05 – 14:35Moving from virtual design to practical implementationCormac Ashe, Director, Engineering & Development, West Contract Manufacturing
14:35 – 14:55Digital Workers in Digital Plants: Standard Work, Training Methods and SOPs in Factories of the FutureConor O’Kelly, Industry Research & Technology Insight Manager, Crest Solutions
14:55 - 15:15Panel discussion and Q&A

Panel outcomes:
Demonstrating the benefits of implementing virtual reality in your production processes;
• Understanding the barriers and trends impacting a company’s inaction or action based in utilising modern technology;
• Overcoming road-blocks and selecting the right technologies to overcome them;
• Learning about the value of de-risking for companies and how collaborative projects can work for you.

Panel members:
Paul Sweeney, CEO, Daiqri
• Cormac Ashe, Director, Engineering & Development, West Contract Manufacturing;
• Conor O’Kelly, Industry Research & Technology Insight Manager, Crest Solutions
Parallel Session 3bKeeping the foundations strong with Operational Excellence
Chair: Session 3bMary Kerwick, Director of Operational Excellence, Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ireland
Session Outcomes:
  • Examining the business and operational challenges prior to the deployment of Lean / Op Ex Efficiencies;
  • Demonstrating dramatic improvements in Operational Excellence through Behaviours and Culture;
  • Business Model transformation through deployment methodologies and change management approaches in an SME;
  • Simple and effective Best Practice approaches to moving towards digitised operational excellence;
  • Global harmonisation of Operational Excellence implementation.
13:45 -14:15Lean Culture and BehavioursJames Lyons, Boston Scientific Galway
14:15 – 14:35Harmonisation of your global operations: Case study - Implementing the MÓR Operational Excellence Model across 17 Global sitesDavid McKernan, Plant Manager, Teleflex Limerick
14:35 - 14:55Starting off on your lean journey – how different range of supports helpedAndrea Cawley, Automatic Plastics
Panel discussion and Q&A

Panel outcomes:
Delivering sustained improvement that can consistently deliver new levels of success;
• Understanding what other process improvement practitioners have done to make notable improvements in their organisations;
• Discussing factory operational efficiency and what it means today;
• Integrating workforce automation into your continuous improvement strategy;
• Improving the alignment of your human capital with changing production demands.

Panel members:
• James Lyons, Boston Scientific Galway;
• David McKernan, Plant Manager, Teleflex Limerick;
• Andrea Cawley, Commercial Director Automatic Plastics
14.55 - 15.15Coffee Break
Session 4: How innovative technology transforming Healthcare
Chair: Session 4Joan Mulvihill, Digitisation Lead, Siemens
Session Outcomes:
Moving along with the rapid pace of change;
• Impact on business from introduction of automation, interoperability of machines
• Collaboration with Universities, RTO’s – case studies
15:45 – 16:05Disruptive technologies - medical robotsCyrill von Tiesenhausen, Business Development Manager, KUKA Technologies, COBOTICS
16:05 - 16:45Public Private Partnership / Innovation CentreCellan Thomas, Maxiofacial surgeon, Renishaw/Public Private partnership with Wales Hospital
16:45– 17:00Panel discussion and Q&A

Panel outcomes:
Medical Robotics
New Surgery processes

Panel members:
17:00 – 17:15Closing remarks: Gary Hartnett, DePuy Synthes
17:00 - 19:00Poster Competition/Drinks reception
Three Poster competition winners present on implementation of Factory of the Future Projects
1. Winner Op Ex Poster Competition
2. Winner Advanced Manufacturing Poster Competition
3. Best Apprenticeship Implementation Programme
Medtech Brew - "The clinician/innovator: Identifying and addressing unmet needs"

Hosted by the Irish Medtech Association and BioInnovate

18:30-20.30, 13 June

Salthill Hotel, Galway

Medtech Brew is a startup networking event, co-hosted by the Irish Medtech Association and BioInnovate Ireland. The next brew will be a special event, as part of the “Manufacturing the Future Conference”, 09.00-17.30, 13 June, the Salthill Hotel, Galway.

The theme for the event is "The clinician/innovator: Identifying and addressing unmet needs" and we’re delighted to announce the first two speakers:
• Loci Orthopaedics Dr Brendan Boland
• Tympany Medical CEO Elizabeth McGloughlin