Mr O’Connor has 20 years’ experience in the Medical devices industry with companies such as Sherwood Medical, Boston Scientific and Stryker Orthopaedics across a range of technical and management positions.
Prior to co-founding OrthoXel, Mr O’Connor was CEO of ABK Biomedical, a Canadian life-sciences start-up company focused on the development and commercialisation of biomaterials and delivery devices for peripheral vascular intervention. Responsibilities included setting direction for the company, fund raising through VC, Angel investment and Government grants, resource planning / management and the day to day running of the company.
Prior to joining ABK, Mr O’Connor established and managed the MEDIC Centre in Cork Institute of Technology. The centre was set up to facilitate collaboration with surgeons / inventors providing funding and technical resources to develop and de-risk medical device technologies for license and spin out company activity. Mr O’Connor launched the centre’s product development portfolio and worked with the MEDIC team and other centres in CIT to secure €8m in funding for medical device R&D / product development, academia-industry co-development and infrastructure projects. Prior to establishing CIT’s MEDIC centre, Mr O’Connor held various roles in medical device multinationals including Product Innovation Manager, Global and European Program manager for development and commercialisation of medical devices in areas such as orthopaedics, peripheral vascular, neuro vascular and biliary systems. Mr O’Connor is named on several patents pertaining to these technologies. In addition, Mr. O’Connor has held positions in production management, vendor management and manufacturing engineering in both the medical device and electronics industries.