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Healthcare & STEM Careers Forum Galway, 14 September 2019

  • 2 July 2019

WITS is running its successful Healthcare and STEM Career Forum in Galway on Saturday 14 September 2019 at Portershed.

Saturday 14 September 2019 1-4 pm Portershed, Galway

Registration is open here.

The WITS life science career forum will have key speakers and attendees from leading companies in Diagnostics, Industry, Pharma, Business and Healthcare. There will be talks on better understanding types of roles available to life science graduates and advice on how to move within the life science field.

We will have an open panel for questions and answers and experts on hand at the meet and greet session. The speakers will provide tangible and practical tips and advice from their experience in this field. There will be six speakers and Q&A panel at the end as well as time to network and meet professionals in the field.

The event will be particularly useful for School and University career guidance, 3rd level students, graduates of life sciences courses, people wanting to change within life science and people wanting to enter into this area maybe as a mature student.

If you are a WITS student members or a student in the final two years of your STEM degree, this event will help you in planning your career, If you are interested in developing your career in the healthcare field, this event is for you. It follows on from the Starting your STEM Career WITS website posts. Register now.


  • Susan Treacy – Owner, Treacy Healthcare Consulting and Business Development Manager at Eurofins Pathology
  • Dr Niamh Cosgrave, PhD – Director of Sales & Marketing, MedLab Pathology
  • Hazel Whelan - Pharma Manager at Recruitment Plus
  • Laura McGloin – Chemical Analyst, State Laboratory Ireland
  • Lisa Scahill, Oncology Research Clinical Data Manager, Institute for Cancer Research Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin

The agenda will follow.

Speaker Bios

Susan Treacy


Susan Treacy is a Business Consultant specialising in healthcare and owner of Treacy Healthcare Consulting. Since completing her Masters in Medicine (Biomed. Sci.) in 1998 at Queen’s University she has worked in Pathology laboratories in Ireland and Australia. She then moved into the business aspect of diagnostics, holding roles in Application Support, Sales and Marketing, Management and Directorship.

In early 2016 she founded Treacy Healthcare Consulting and provides healthcare businesses and laboratories with a number of services including operational and strategic advice, business development requirements and the establishment of distribution networks specific to life sciences. She has a particular passion for finding solutions through innovation and collaboration, which will ultimately benefit the system and the patient. She works with WITS (Women in Technology and Science) to help encourage and support women to realise the many avenues and opportunities that Science and Engineering can offer. Susan can be followed at Susan Treacy on LinkedIN or Twitter or contacted at info@thconsulting.ie or at via her website www.thconsulting.ie.

Dr Niamh Cosgrave PhD


Niamh is Director of Sales & Marketing for MedLab Pathology (MLP), a member of the Sonic Healthcare group of companies. In this role she is responsible for creating and delivering effective sales and marketing strategies, the delivery of sales budgets set by the board and plays a crucial role in the success of the company. Niamh has demonstrated the ability to drive significant growth through the application of strategic planning and analytical skills.

Niamh is an experienced leader within the pathology laboratory sector having worked in this area for over 13 years, holding roles in business development, account management, sales and marketing. Prior to working in MedLab Pathology Niamh worked in Biomnis Ireland (now Eurofins Ireland) for four years.

She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a microbiology degree and then completed her PhD in molecular biology in the Conway Institute at University College Dublin.

Hazel Whelan, BSc, MSc. RecruitmentPlus Stillorgan, Co Dublin, Associate Director


Hazel Whelan holds a Diploma in Biomedical Science specialising in Haematology and Blood Transfusion (DIT, Kevin St), a BSc in Applied Science from Trinity College and an MSc in Clinical Immunology from Trinity College. She is a Fellow of the National Recruitment Federation of Ireland and has over 18 years Medical, Technical, Pharmaceutical and Scientific recruitment experience.

Laura McGloin


Laura McGloin has a degree in Pharmaceutical Science from DIT. Along her career path, Laura has also accomplished many courses in relation to Analytical Techniques, Analytical Software, Practical Problem Solving in Chemical Analysis, Quality and ISO auditing, Safety, Risk assessments and Team Management. Laura has also completed an introduction to Biotechnology though NIBRT in UCD and hopes to complete a post grad in the same. For many year’s Laura worked as part of the technology giant Hewlett Packard, where she mostly carried out chromatography techniques, such as, HPLC, LC/MS TOF and other high resolution instrumentation. This included routine analysis of electro-plating baths, method validation & development and new material qualifications. An integral part of Laura’s time in Hewlett Packard was also formulating and validating new inks to be introduced to market by HP. Following a brief stint in a pharmaceutical company, following the closure of HP, Laura now works as a Chemical Analyst for the State laboratory, working on drug residues in Animal feeds.

Healthcare and STEM Careers is being held with thanks to Portershed Galway.