Yvonne Comer, BA BSc PGDip MBA, Infectious Diseases Team
Yvonne is a multifunctional manager with over 12 years’ experience across various industries in London. A former International Rugby player, she did her undergraduate and post-graduate degree in Sports Science at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham, but after years in commercial business, to further broaden her knowledge and skillset across all areas she obtained a first-class honour in the Executive MBA from NUI Galway. Her career started in Quality Management and medical devices where she helped Maspac gain ISO13485 accreditation in the transition from sub-manufacturer to manufacturer.
She then progressed into operational and change management roles gaining significant experience in implementing enterprise wide IT projects to enhance service delivery. She has always had a keen interest in driving innovation within businesses, developing strategies to improve profitability by identifying and analysing existing processes for improvement.
This experience across industries allows her to bring added value, with a unique approach to problem-solving and streamlining business units to drive efficiencies. She got a flavour of start-up culture and the approach of needs led innovation when she gained a place on both New Frontiers and Empower Start.
She believes that we need to be able to harness new technologies like artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things and understand their implications for research and healthcare, look towards prevention as well as treatment to improve well-being, anticipate health issues and change behaviours that affect day-to-day health. She is highly motivated to use her skillset to create the meaningful, impactful solutions that the BioInnovate fellowship develops at the cutting edge of the MedTech industry. In her spare time, Yvonne is involved in coaching and the strategic development of rugby with Galway Corinthians, Connacht Rugby and the IRFU.