CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices based in Galway, has formalised an agreement to collaborate with with representatives at the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH).
The NUI Galway based centre will now cooperate with the Biomedical Manufacturing Technology Centre (BMTC) at KITECH.
The joint Memorandum of Understanding will see KITECH and CÚRAM establish a programme to jointly organise conferences and workshops on topics of mutual interest and to exchange faculty and students for limited periods of time for the purpose of education and research.
Commenting on the agreement, Professor Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director of CÚRAM at NUI Galway, said: “Both organisations have significant mutual interests that include advanced material research, biomedical technology and the development of efficient manufacturing processes for tissue applications, chronic wound management applications and therapeutics for various diseases.
“I’m delighted to have progressed this relationship and look forward to the benefits of sharing expertise and training opportunities for our researchers.”
It is expected that the first researchers from KITECH will visit Ireland and CÚRAM in mid-2018.
The agreement provides an excellent forum to create and develop synergistic academic projects that will benefit both countries.
According to Dr Woo Jong Lee, head of the Biomedical Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ireland will be an excellent partner and gateway for the Korean team to the EU market.
“We at KITECH and BMTC, are delighted to be able to establish this collaborative partnership with CÚRAM, a world leading biomedical research centre, based on the Memorandum of Understanding signed in December 2017. We believe this Agreement will be a cornerstone for establishing collaborative relationships in the future between the biomedical ecosystems of our two countries,” he said.