23rd October 2018 – 9.00am to 5.00pm

with networking from 8.00am


Registration, Networking & Refreshments



Denis Hayes, Managing Director, IRDG


Opening Address

Donal Tierney, Chairperson IRDG & CEO Bimeda Holdings


Supporting Innovation for Business Growth

Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland


Creating Conditions for Innovators to Thrive

Holly O’Driscoll, Former Global Design Thinking Leader & Innovation Strategist, Procter & Gamble, USA

What came first the innovator or the innovation? Many organizations spend lots of time focusing on their innovation goals, and much less time creating conditions for innovators to thrive.

Come learn how the framework and mindset of Design Thinking supports a shamelessly human centred environment where people can bring their curiosity, creativity, and humanity to work everyday—and deliver more innovation to the marketplace.


It’s all about the experience

Barry Hoyne, Commercial Director, Merlyn

It’s about developing products and services around benefits, not features. How can you understand your consumers’ needs when they may even not know them?

Barry’s talk will explore how Merlyn have used customer and consumer insight to help drive the business. By implementing a structured process around gathering information on areas such as the consumer buying process, customer pain points, Merlyn have been able to help differentiated themselves from the competitors in numerous aspects of the business.

Merlyn’s product design strategy lies at the crossroads between their Marketing and NPD teams where they merge user insights and strong brand presence with lean product development to create breakthrough products that resonate with their consumers.


Innovation for Growth – The EirGen Way

Patsy Carney, CEO & Founder, EirGen Pharma

From the beginning EirGen have had to innovate to meet the needs of their customers and investors. They have done this the EirGen Way from start up in 2005, through acquisition in 2015 by OPKO, to the opening of their new R&D Centre with oral solid dose and injectable capability. This is the story so far.


Innovation Networking


Serial Entrepreneur – Bringing Innovations to Reality

Louise Grubb, CEO & Founder, TriviumVet

In line with the definition of Innovation as ‘The process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service that creates value or for which customers will pay’, Louise will discuss how an idea has been translated into a successful business. This will include the process from generation of the ideas, the challenges of refining these into a profitable proposition and the final delivery.

To take us through this journey Louise will use examples of the businesses she has started and how the original idea developed into that business i.e. Nutri Science, Q1Scientific & TriviumVet.


Innovating on the Edge

Brian McCabe, Global Client COO, Head of Innovation EMEA, State Street

Focuses on how innovation in Financial Services is changing due to the perfect storm and convergence of new technologies, cost drivers, consumer expectations and abundance of investment.


Re-Imagineering Value Chains with Exponential Technologies

Cillian Leonowicz, Director, Deloitte’s EMEA Blockchain Lab


Drawn to Kilkenny – Nurturing evergreen content from creative minds

Paul Young, Founder & CEO, Cartoon Saloon


Innovation Networking Lunch


Human Scale Innovation. Until now. And next.

Philip Moynagh, CEO, Electrina Ltd


Abbott: A Culture of Breakthrough Invention

Margaret Morrissey, Country HR Director, Abbott Ireland


Treat time


Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?

Gareth Jones, Visiting Professor at the IE Business School, Madrid, and a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School

In this final session of the day, Gareth will be asking the hard question “Why should anyone be led by you?”. He will discuss the impact of leadership on sustained high performance, especially relevant in these volatile times, and identify key leadership skills. He will explore the necessity of authenticity for leaders wherever they are in the hierarchy and finally, suggest actions that aspiring leaders can take right now.


Closing Words & Goodbyes