Dr Tanya Mulcahy
Director of Health Innovation Hub Ireland and Founder of FemTech Ireland
Tanya is Director of Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) and founder of Ireland’s first FemTech Ecosystem. She graduated from University College Cork with an honours degree in Biochemistry before completing a PhD in Cancer Genetics followed by postdoctoral research in Trinity College Dublin, in the field of Neuropsychiatric Genetics. She has over 30 years’ experience in the start-up, pharma, product development and research industry in Ireland and the US.
In 2021 she was appointed by the Minister for Health to the HPRA Medical Device Advisory Committee, she is an Advisory Committee member of the National Clinical Trials Office (NCTO) and she is an independent advisor to a number of HealthTech start-ups. She is particularly interested in supporting female founders and those innovating in women’s health.
Health Innovation Hub Ireland is a national initiative supported by Enterprise Ireland and the HSE and led by University College Cork, HIHI supports the development of innovative healthcare solutions and supports the implementation of these within the Irish healthcare system. Through her role as HIHI Director, Tanya noted that there were quite a number of innovations being developed in Ireland in the area of women’s health. With the support of Ireland South Women and Infants Directorate, University College Cork, Enterprise Ireland and her own team, Tanya founded FemTech @Health Innovation Hub Ireland in 2022.
Femtech Ireland is the first FemTech ecosystem aimed at innovation in the area of women’s health in Ireland. In particular, FemTech Ireland’s goal is to enable the conversation around unmet needs in women’s health, to support the development of new products and services to address those needs and to ensure that Ireland’s innovators in women’s health are part of the rapidly growing global FemTech movement.