UCD Spin-Out OxyMem wins SME Category at US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards 2018

Dublin, 22nd May 2018: OxyMem, a University College Dublin (UCD) spin-out, and a growing Irish cleantech company has been named SME category winner at the US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards 2018, jointly presented by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy.   

Almost 700 guests gathered as the awards were presented in the presence of Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys. Among the audience were leaders of many of the US companies in Ireland, representatives from academia and a range of Irish and international business leaders.

The Irish wastewater start-up was co-founded by Wayne Byrne, Professor Eoin Casey and Dr Eoin Syron as a spin-out from the UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering. OxyMem is a leading innovator in energy efficient wastewater treatment using Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR) technology. The treatment saves energy, reduces sludge and adds additional capacity to existing treatment plants in shorter timeframes than leading competitors.

 

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Speaking at the event, President of the American Chamber of Commerce, Barry O’Sullivan said,

“Innovation is ultimately the difference between Leaders and Followers. It’s the practical application of our education, imagination and creativity, for our collective benefit. Nothing better showcases this than our US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards.

Ireland must continue to focus at speed on delivering innovation and competitiveness. The issues are within our collective control -  education, the availability of affordable housing for all of our increasing population, world class physical and digital connectivity – to name but some.

Innovation at Speed is our only real future.  Faster decision-making processes within our government system is essential if further opportunities are to be captured, and not lost.”

University College Dublin were also successful on the night in the Higher Education Institute category with under SFI’s CONNECT collaborative research innovation project with Google.   The SFI Connect Centre for Future Networks in collaboration with Google has designed a software platform to evaluate audio quality on the internet by looking at sounds. The technology is called VISQOL.

President of the Royal Irish Academy Professor Michael Peter Kennedy said, “Lateral thinking is what is behind all great research innovations.  We must foster and encourage lateral thinking in our scientists and engineers as we have in our poets, novelists and playwrights. It is the key ingredient that makes good work great.

 

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Notes to the Editor

  • Now in their fourth year, the US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards is a joint initiative of the American Chamber of Commerce and the Royal Irish Academy. They recognise excellence in research innovation that has taken place as a result of US business investment.

 

  • There were eight shortlisted candidates across three categories, Small or Medium-sized Enterprise, Higher Educational Institute and Multinational company. 

 

 

  • 2018 SME category winner: OxyMem, an Irish wastewater start-up which has invented an innovative wastewater treatment called MABR (Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor). The treatment saves energy, reduces sludge and adds additional capacity to existing treatment plants in shorter timeframes than leading competitors.

 

  • 2018 MNC category winner: Xilinx Ireland, the global technology firm which has designed software defined microchip technology to address the growing requirements of 5G cellular networks.

 

 

  • 2018 HEI category winner: SFI Connect Centre For Future Networks in collaboration with Google has designed a software platform to evaluate audio quality on the internet by looking at sounds. The technology is called VISQOL.

 

 

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