Following its successful inaugural Exhibition and Conference last year, Medical Technology Ireland returns to Galway Racecourse on 26-27 September 2018 with an increased exhibition space in the Millennium Stand and some exciting new initiatives.

The medical technology sector in Ireland is recognised as one of the five global emerging hubs.  The sector employs over 38,000 people in Ireland and is the second largest employer of med-tech professionals in Europe, per capita.  Ireland is one of the largest exporters of medical products in Europe with annual exports of €12.6 billion and companies here directly export to over 100 countries worldwide.  As many as nine of the world’s top 10 medical technology companies have a base in Ireland and 60% of the 450 med-tech companies based here are indigenous.

Pressures on healthcare systems have resulted in a greater focus on enhanced efficacy of treatments and cost reduction.  To this end Medical Technology Ireland has assembled 200 of the world leading supply chain companies with expected delegate attendees in excess of 1,000 from the world’s leading international Medical Device companies.

The two day Conference features presentations by leading international Medical Device experts with thought-provoking guest speakers, on-stage interviews with key device executives, and insightful panel discussions, all providing an investigative insight on topics of the highest importance to all Medical Device manufacturers and R & D and manufacturing Engineers in the rapidly evolving Irish and global device marketplace.    

Organisations supporting Guest Speakers include SFI Curam NUIG, Business Innovation Centre NUIG, Bioinnovate, Galway Chamber, Irish Medtech/IBEC, KPMG, Gateway Institutes, GMIT, Business Acceleration Organisations – Ireland, among others.

The new Meetings Programme will allow visitors and exhibitors to book targeted meetings in advance of the Show and these will take place in the Meetings Lounge during the event.  This exciting new networking opportunity means that visitors and exhibitors can arrive at the Show with a two-day schedule of pre-arranged meetings, giving them maximum value from their visit. 

Other new features include the Start-up & Innovation Academy where Irish start-ups can receive valuable advice on setting up their businesses.  Visitors can also experience the latest 3D Printing machine and a Robotics machine in action in the Demonstration Area.

Galway has a high concentration of innovative people in a tight medical device cluster in the West of Ireland.  To support and expand this innovation corridor, Medical Technology Ireland is hosting a Start-up and Innovation Academy on Thursday 27 September featuring:
– Presentations by six early-stage indigenous Medical Device start-ups
– Thought-provoking guest speakers
– On-stage interviews with key device engineers
– Third-level Institutions
– Government agencies
– Accelerator organisations

These sessions will provide leading edge insight on topics of significant importance to all start-ups and potential stakeholders and investors, in the rapidly evolving global device marketplace.

Irish venture capital has supported the generation of 20,000 jobs and Irish tech firms raised €499m in the first half of 2017.  In 2018, Venture Capitalists (VCs) ploughed €499m into Irish tech firms in the first half of this year, with second-quarter funding reaching €252m. Investment in the Irish Medtech sector is increasing in Ireland year on year.

All investment groups , VCs , Banking , Business Angels, Enterprise Investment organisations, and other interested parties are invited to attend these high-potential start-up pitches and avail of the buoyant R & D and start-up innovation environment which exists in the Medical Device Sector in Ireland. 

Visitors can register for FREE ENTRY to the Exhibition and Conference, including the Start-up & Innovation Academy at

With over 2000 free car parking spaces at Galway Racecourse, Medical Technology Ireland 2018 is easily accessible to visitors from Galway, the rest of Ireland and beyond!

Visitors can register for FREE entry to the Exhibition and Conference at

For more detailed information about Medical Technology Ireland, visit

Contact Jason Moss at for exhibitor enquiries.

For more information about the Start-up & Innovation Academy, please contact Tom Burke at

General Information
Medical Technology Ireland takes place on 26-27 September 2018 at Galway Racecourse.  
For more information and a list of exhibitors, visit