Board

Ronan Byrne MBA
CEO and Co-Founder

A commercial specialist, Ronan has started, built and sold three companies over the course of his career. With a decade of experience in medical technologies, Ronan has both led and worked across a multitude of elements of medical technology innovation and commercial execution strategies. Ronan also works in a range of capacities with high potential medical technology companies in sectors ranging from ophthalmology through to cardiology. Ronan holds a BA degree (Economics & Politics) from UCD as well as an MBA Degree from UCD Smurfit Business School.


Dr Nicky Bertollo PhD
CTO and Co-Founder

A Biomedical Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the design, development, preclinical testing and evaluation of medical devices. Nicky is the inventor of the Latch platform tissue anchorage technology and a medical device innovator, with several medical device patents he has led having been licensed. He is a Fellow of the New South Wales Health Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program (Sydney, Australia) and holds BE (Mechanical), Masters (Biomedical Engineering) and PhD Degrees from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia).


Bernard J. Birkett
Non Executive Director

Bernard J. Birkett joined West as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. in June of 2018. In May of 2022 he was appointed to a combined position of Chief Financial and Operations Officer. In this role, Bernard is responsible for leading the Finance, Global Operations and Global Supply Chain organizations. Prior to joining West, Bernard served as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Merit Medical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of disposable medical devices. Over a 20-year career at Merit, Bernard served in a number of senior global leadership roles, including Controller for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Vice President of International Finance.

Bernard began his career as an accountant, and has experience working for additional manufacturing and medical device companies, including Inamed Corporation, Strix Limited and SPS Unbrako International. Bernard is a Qualified Accountant with a business degree from the National University of Ireland Galway, a master’s degree in banking and finance from Smurfit Business School Dublin, and has completed a program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in Strategic Leadership for CFOs.


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