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University College Dublin Wins Two Knowledge Transfer Ireland 2015 Impact Awards

Monday, 30 March, 2015 


Pictured (l-r) are OxyMem co-founders, Dr Eoin Syron and Prof. Eoin Casey, UCD Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, Dr Ciaran O'Beirne, Manager, Technology Transfer, NovaUCD, Minister Damien English TD, Prof. Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact, Dr Alison Campbell, Director, KTI and Brendan Cremen, UCD Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation.

Pictured (l-r) are OxyMem co-founders, Dr Eoin Syron and Prof. Eoin Casey, UCD Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, Dr Ciaran O'Beirne, Manager, Technology Transfer, NovaUCD, Minister Damien English TD, Prof. Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact, Dr Alison Campbell, Director, KTI and Brendan Cremen, UCD Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation.

University College Dublin won 2 of the 4 Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) Impact Awards 2015 presented by Damien English TD, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation at an event held in Dublin on March 25th.

UCD took both the Licence2Market Impact Award 2015 and the Spin-out Company Impact Award 2015.

The Licence2Market Impact Award was established by KTI to recognise a commercial product or service that is based on a licence to intellectual property rights from an Irish publicly-funded Research Performing Organisations (RPO) and its path to licence.

Professor Mark Rogers, UCD Deputy President and Registrar, won the Licence2Market Impact Award 2015 for his development of a novel diagnostic test for BSE which was subsequently licensed to Enfer Scientific by NovaUCD, UCD’s technology transfer office.

Enfer Scientific further developed the technology into one of the first commercially robust diagnostics for BSE to obtain EU regulatory approval and contributed to the rapid expansion by the Co. Tipperary-based company.

The Spin-Out Company Impact Award was established by KTI to recognise a spin-out company from an Irish publicly-funded RPO that has achieved a significant event in the previous year.

The Spin-Out Company Impact Award 2015 was presented to Professor Eoin Casey and Dr Eoin Syron, co-founders of OxyMem, a spin-out company from UCD’s School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering.

OxyMem’s achievements include securing several rounds of investment, successfully delivering field trials of its membrane aerated biofilm reactor (MABR) wastewater treatment technology, creating over 25 full-time jobs at its Athlone facility and securing early orders.
Dr Ciaran O’Beirne, Manager, Technology Transfer at NovaUCD, was also presented with an Award in recognition of the support provided by the team at NovaUCD to developing the OxyMem’s proposition and leading on licence and company formation agreements.

Congratulating the winners Minister English TD said, “The KTI Impact Awards celebrate the significant impact of commercially valuable knowledge transferred from the research system into Irish industry. It is important to recognise the successful impact achieved by industry in Ireland through the acquisition of new technologies and intellectual property or by getting expert advice from State-funded researchers and the Universities, Institutes of Technology and research institutes where they work.”

Waterford Institute of Technology also won 2 awards, the Research2Business Collaborative Impact Award 2015 which was presented to Dr Felicity Kelliher, and Dr Ramesh Raghavendra who won the Consultancy Impact Award 2015.

Dr Alison Campbell, Director of KTI congratulated Professor Orla Feely, Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact, University College Dublin and Professor Willie Donnelly, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, Waterford Institute of Technology who also received awards on behalf of UCD and WIT in recognition of their support and promotion of knowledge transfer at the winning researchers’ host institutions.

Dr Campbell said, “KTI’s aim is to support the economic and social return from State investment in research by encouraging companies to engage with the research base in Ireland to help them innovate. KTI is playing an important part by making the knowledge, expertise and IP available within our research performing organisations more visible to companies so that they may use research and innovation to drive competitive advantage and sustainable job creation.”

Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact said, “I would like to congratulate Professor Mark Rogers, Professor Eoin Casey and Dr Eoin Syron on winning their respective KTI Impact Awards 2015. Winning 2 of the 4 awards is an outstanding achievement for UCD and demonstrates the strength of the world-class research being carried out at the University and also reflects the strengthen of support provided to researchers by our technology transfer team at NovaUCD in commercialising their research outputs, with global impact potential, through licensing deals or establishment of spin-out companies.”

KTI was launched in May 2014 and is operated in partnership between Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Universities Association. KTI’s web portal provides companies with easy access to the resources available to them from State-funded research, from expertise to technologies, from intellectual property to facilities and equipment.