19 ‘Big Ideas’ from research unveiled at the Enterprise Ireland Big Ideas Technology Showcase
Minister Sean Sherlock presents Commercialisation Awards to three outstanding entrepreneurs
The Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, today (Wednesday 28 November 2012) introduced 19 new inventions developed by publicly-funded research at the Enterprise Ireland Big Ideas Technology Showcase at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. This event, the largest gathering of inventors and investors in the country, is a showcase for entrepreneurial and commercially focused researchers to present their ideas and investment opportunities and vie for the attention of over 300 potential investors and business partners.
Minister Sherlock also presented the Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Awards to three individuals who have presented at similar events in the past and gone on to successfully establish a commercial research spin-out company.
Among the ‘Big Ideas’ pitched to potential investors at the event are technologies that can:
- Raise Your IQ
- Reduce the Cost of Thoroughbred Horse Breeding
- Improve Hygiene in Hospitals
- Reduce Hot Water Bills by 50%
- Prevent thieves from counterfeiting.
Addressing the audience of investors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and representatives from Irish and multinational companies, Minister Sherlock said: ‘This event is about turning publicly-funded research into companies, spin-outs, intellectual property and jobs. It’s about cultivating the investment by the taxpayer in our third level institutions, and harvesting the rewards’.
‘The Government is striving to create the right environment where ideas can be identified, protected and commercialised leading to the creation of much needed jobs for this economy. Since 2007, Enterprise Ireland has provided €30m under the Technology Transfer Strengthening Initiative to the third level sector, and this is having a real and tangible effect’.
‘Likewise, the Government’s recently introduced Intellectual Property Protocol marks a major step change in Ireland’s approach to encouraging industry to collaborate with Ireland’s publicly funded research institutions’.
Speaking at the event Greg Treston, Enterprise Ireland Head of Research and Innovation said: ‘The focus of the Big Ideas event is to get deals done between the inventors and investors during the 150 plus one-to-one meetings that take place. A key part of Enterprise Ireland’s strategy for economic growth and job creation is to support and invest in Irish research capability and the commercialisation of this research.
‘We have a tremendously strong research capability in Ireland and both society and the economy can reap significant benefits from linking this research capability with industry needs, and from developing projects that can deliver measurable and cost-effective solutions. We are committed to supporting high-tech research commercialisation in higher education and driving increased research-industry collaboration’.
The Minister presented Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Awards to three individuals who earned the award by exhibiting a strong commitment to commercialisation, showing innovation in their approach to commercialisation and demonstrating success in commercialisation.
Dr Alan Holland:Winner of the Enterprise Ireland ICT commercialisation award:
Dr Alan Holland is receiving this award in recognition of his success in bringing his publicly funded research idea from University College Cork into business reality, through the start up company – Keelvar. The company has developed and launched ‘smart’ procurement software which can find substantial cost savings for public sector and other large clients.
Professor Dolores O’Riordan: Winner of the Enterprise Ireland Lifescience Commercialisation Award:
Professor Dolores O’Riordan, Deputy Director at UCD’s Institute of Food and Health, is receiving this award for her contribution to innovation in the food sector through collaboration with industry. She is Principal Investigator in the collaborative research centre Food for Health Ireland and has been instrumental in developing a new strategy for University College Dublin to facilitate establishing industry partnerships for food product development.
Stephen Daniels: Winner of the Enterprise Ireland Manufacturing, Engineering and Energy Commercialisation Award:
Stephen Daniels, Senior Lecturer in the School of Electronic Engineering at DCU, is receiving this award for his outstanding entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to commercialising research. Stephen has been instrumental in the formation of several technology businesses including Arann Healthcare Ltd, Qualflow Systems Ltd, Lexas Research and Sonex Metrology. As well as his post at DCU, Stephen leads a multidisciplinary research team in plasma technology and energy systems.
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For more information contact:
Communications, Research & Innovation
+353 86 0759268
Or visit www.enterprise-ireland.com/bigideas
Further details of the Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Award Winners
Winner of the Enterprise Ireland ICT commercialisation award:
Dr Alan Holland:
For more info on Alan Holland please visit: http://www.4c.ucc.ie/~aholland/
For more info on Keelvar please visit: http://www.keelvar.com/
Or Contact: An appropriate contact within UCC technology transfer office.
Alan Holland received this award in recognition for the exemplary way in which he has succeeded in bringing his publicly funded research idea from University College Cork into business reality, through the start up company - Keelvar. A problem for procurers in government and large organisations is that they are significantly constrained in how they interact with suppliers in a tender process and how suppliers are unable to communicate creative means of realising cost efficiencies that can provide a shared benefit. In order to optimize procurement efficiency, Keelvar have developed and launched ‘smart’ procurement software which can find substantial cost savings for public sector and other large clients.
Winner of the Enterprise Ireland Lifescience Commercialisation Award:
Professor Dolores O’Riordan:
For more info on Dolores O’Riordan please visit: http://www.ucd.ie/foodandhealth/people/academicstaff/profdoloresoriordan/
+353 1 716 3712
Dolores is receiving this award in recognition of her exemplary contribution to innovation in the food sector through collaboration with industry. A teaching advocate in Food Science, Dolores is highly regarded by industry and academia alike, having delivered numerous commercial projects for industry as well as being a Professor with an impressive publishing and patenting record at UCD’s Institute of Food and Health, where she is Deputy Director.
Dolores is a Principal Investigator in Food for Health Ireland, a large scale collaborative research programme funded by Enterprise Ireland and four of Ireland’s largest dairy companies. The primary objective of the programme is to identify functional ingredients from milk which can form the basis of new products with defined health benefits for consumers. She has been instrumental in developing a new strategy for University College Dublin to facilitate establishing industry partnerships for food product development. Her team has developed a patented health food technology which has recently been licensed to Largo Foods (owners of Tayto Brand) by UCD’s technology transfer office at NovaUCD.
Winner of the Enterprise Ireland Manufacturing, Engineering and Energy Commercialisation Award:
For more info on Stephen Daniels please visit: http://www.eeng.dcu.ie/~daniels
Business Development Manager,
+353 1 700 7150
Stephen was presented with this award because of his outstanding entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to commercialisingresearch. In addition to his post as Senior Lecturer in the School of Electronic Engineering at Dublin City University, Stephen leads a multidisciplinary research team in plasma technology and energy systems. He is currently:
- Executive Director of the National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology
- Director of the Energy & Design Laboratory
- Director of the Nanomaterials Processing Laboratory
Stephen has also been instrumental in the formation of several technology businesses including Arann Healthcare Ltd, Qualflow Systems Ltd, Lexas Research and Sonex Metrology.
Arann Healthcare Ltd: design and develop innovative infection systems for the global healthcare market. Their Radica system for instance uses plasma gas discharge technology to reduce the spread of harmful pathogens on hospital beds, mattresses and wheelchairs.
Qualflow Systems Ltd: have developed automated hygiene control systems for the food and beverage industries and portable water dosing and treatment systems.
Lexas Research: a metrology and diagnostic solutions company in the Semiconductor manufacturing sector. This company has developed products offering etch end point detection, arc detection, chamber matching and fault detection capabilities.
Sonex Metrology a High Potential Start-Up from DCU that received preference share investment from Enterprise Ireland in 2011. Sonex has developed non-destructive photoacoustic surface damage detection and silicon metrology technology for the Semiconductor manufacturing industry. This technology can non-invasively and non-destructively detect faults in silicon wafers and can be used as part of an in-line process control system.