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Friday, September 12, 2014

Senate President Therese Murray Announces New Partnership Between Massachusetts, Northern Ireland and Ireland

Therese Murray, president of the Massachusetts State Senate, announced today the expansion of the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  Read details here

The Letterkenny Institute of Technology, located in Donegal, and the Clinical TransitionalResearch and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC) in Derry will house the new incubator space.  

President Murray, who has led successful trade missions that resulted in this partnership, said, “This exciting collaboration will offer assistance to Massachusetts-based companies looking to break into the European market while also attracting European companies that want to launch clinical trials in Massachusetts.”

M2D2 was formed in 2008 at UMass Lowell and UMass Worcester to accelerate the development and launch of new medical device companies.  It provides business development counseling, engineering and prototype development support, and clinical and regulatory guidance.

Murray said the goal is “to create an environment where research, innovation and commercialization can all take place and this is a big step forward for innovators and entrepreneurs in Massachusetts and beyond.”

Murray is in Ireland and Northern Ireland this week to received 3rd annual Tip O'Neill Irish Diaspora Award, which is presented by the Donegal Diaspora ConferenceIreland's President Michael D. Higgins will present the award to Senator Murray in an award ceremony taking place in Buncrana.

For more about the Irish community in Massachusetts, visit

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