Loughney has a medical engineering degree from University College Dublin and over 10 years experience in medical device product development. Loughney previously worked with Medtronic as a research and development engineer, where she worked on next generation cardiovascular devices. In 2008, she joined Novate medical, developing expertise in design control in a startup environment. Following that, she worked in Renishaw on a stereotactically guided, deep brain delivery system. Loughney completed the BioInnovate (Stanford affiliated) fellowship program in 2012/2013.
The clinical need for a less invasive solution to detecting kidney reflux (VUR) was observed during clinical immersion by Loughney with Professor Prem Puri, during the BioInnovate program in 2013. This grant aid funding was used to develop the Kite Medical device, optimize it through comprehensive bench-top experiments and proof of concept, pre-clinical studies. Since January 2016, Loughney and Paul Frehill – CTO of Kite Medical – have been committed to transforming the novel technology into successful business propositions.
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