About Latch Medical
Based in Dublin, Ireland, Latch Medical is a venture funded company with a platform microneedle technology. In summary, the technology is centred around opposing arrays of angled microneedles that can nearly painlessly penetrate the outer layers of the skin in a manner ensuring consistent needle penetration and without the use of any adhesive. The platform can be utilised in a number of different ways, with the company’s initial focus on catheter securement. Additional applications are in drug delivery, wearables and biosensing.
Dr Nicky Bertollo
CEO and Co-Founder
A Biomedical Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the design, development, preclinical testing and evaluation of medical devices. Nicky is the original inventor of the Latch platform tissue anchorage technology and a medical device innovator, with several medical device patents he has led having been licensed. He is a Fellow of the New South Wales Health Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program (Sydney, Australia) and holds BE (Mechanical), Masters (Biomedical Engineering) and PhD Degrees from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia).
Ronan Byrne MBA
A commercial specialist, Ronan has started, built and sold three companies over the course of his career. With a decade of experience in medical technologies, Ronan has both led and worked across a multitude of elements of medical technology innovation and commercial execution strategies. Ronan also works in a range of capacities with high potential medical technology companies in sectors ranging from ophthalmology through to cardiology. Ronan holds a BA degree (Economics & Politics) from UCD as well as an MBA Degree from UCD Smurfit Business School.
Helen has over 25 years’ experience in the Medical Device Industry, including as Chief Executive Officer of Creganna Medical and Product Development and Research Roles at Medtronic and Covidien. She has a strong track record in scaling companies through acquisition and integration, strategic partnering and raising debt and equity financing. She acts as an advisor to Atlantic Bridge Ventures University Bridge Fund and currently serves as Director for Enterprise Ireland and a number of early-stage life sciences companies and charities. She is also Chair of the Implementation Group on Police Reform having recently served as a member of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. Helen has a Bachelor of Engineering from NUI Galway, a Masters in Project Management from UL, and has completed a Senior Executive Programme at Stanford University. Helen has received an honorary Doctorate from NUIG and is a fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland and a member of the Irish Academy of Engineers.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner, IV therapy and Vascular Access at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Andrew leads a team of IV therapy and vascular access nurses over 3 hospital sites within Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. Andrew has over 10 years’ experience in Vascular access and IV therapy practice where he is the organisational lead for governance and clinical practice in this field. He set up the nurse led PICC service in his organisation and places all vascular access devices, both peripherally and centrally. Andrew is also the chair of the National Infusion and Vascular Access Society (NIVAS) which is based in the UK. Andrew is well published and has spoken in 23 countries about his specialist field of practice.