Gillian Berry is a qualified clinical nurse specialist. Some of her most recent roles she has undertaken have been in Education, Practice Development Facilitation and Project Management. She is driven by Quality, Patient Safety and Person Centred Care. She holds a HDip CCU Nursing, PGD Infection Prevention and Control, PGC in Clinical Trials Management (Pharmaceutical Medicine), PGC Medical Affairs (Pharmaceutical Medicine), Cert in Quality and Safety. Gill takes part in continuous education programmes in both health, health innovation and digital health.
Gill founded PerCen Technologies in 2019 in response to challenges that she felt were not addressed in Healthcare. PerCen prenounced ‘Person’ and represents ‘Person Centred’ Technologies. Her business idea is supported by the first national HIHI call by the Health Innovation Hub Ireland. It was set up to create person centred innovative solutions to clinical unmet needs. Its aim is to use scientific knowledge and the latest technologies to compliment clinical evidence based practice. PerCen Technologies uses human factor co-design to create a product that meets the requirements of all the stakeholders. They are working on a Class 1 medical device which is at an early stage of its prototype development. Gill is currently collaborating with the Tyndall Institutes in Cork.
‘We have collaborated with Tyndall Institute under the CALIN Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network. This is a Welsh/ Irish partnership. This has provided the investment in expertise, resources and finance to the research and development of our solution. A Proof of concept has been developed and a Prototype is being developed.”
Gillian was one of 33 health innovation enthusiasts selected to participate as a wildcard in the EITHealth Hackathon. She competed in Amsterdam for a prize pot of 4million euro. She has since participated in EIT Health digital health validator in Trinity Colege and European road trip. Also was selected for IP Training which was a partnership between the EIT Health, the EPO and 4IP. She recently participated in the Codex4SMEs event in Paris an european interreg project collaboration which plans to improve healthcare by enhanced adoption of Personalized Medicine in North-West Europe.
When asking Gill of her experience of the EMPOWER Programme she said, ‘The EMPOWER Programme was my first step in the entrepreneurial process. I had been an intrepeneur in the HSE. It provided me with an understanding of the journey, gave me real world learning from others who had started their own business. Gave me the courage to step forward and work on my innovation