Researchers at UCD


Donnacha O'Driscoll

Centre Manager

School Of Computer Science & Informatics
Science Centre - North
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7162257


Dr. Donnacha O¿Driscoll is the General Manager of CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, an SFI-funded CSET (Centre for Science and Engineering Technologies). Before coming to CLARITY in December 2008, Dr. Donnacha O¿Driscoll was General Manager  of the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology (NICB) for four years (a PRTLI research institution consisting of approx. 80 personnel - staff and postgraduate students), based in Dublin City University with groups in DCU, NUI Maynooth and ITT Dublin).

For the four years he managed the NICB, the Centre brought in approximately €23 million in further funding from various agencies (SFI / PRTLI Cycle IV/ other bodies incld. HRB, EI, Cancer research Ireland.), produced over 300 peer reviewed publications in international journals and have led to 3 Irish (2 of which are at PCT stage) and 5 US patent applications. The NICB was also the first Centre in the country to carry out a Phase I clinical trial based on translational research (in association with St.Vincent¿s University Hospital)

Prior to the NICB Dr. O¿Driscoll was a member of the founding management team of Archport Ltd, a spin-off company arising from the commercial activities of the National Cell & Tissue Culture Centre (NCTCC) in Dublin City University. Archport Ltd. was a cGMP Biopharmaceutical Contract Service Provider. For four years he acted as Archport¿s the Business Development Manager. In that time, Archport grew to one of the largest campus companies in Ireland, employing 26 people with a turnover in excess of € 2.5 million. 80% of the company was purchased in 2006 by CU Chemie Uetikon GmbH, a German pharma company.

For 16 years in DCU he lectured to postgraduate science, communication and business students on large-scale pharmaceutical production, as well as strategic and commercial considerations in establishing biotechnology activities in Ireland.

After completing a two year EU funded post-docteral study program in the Electron Microscopy lab in University College Dublin, he was employed by Enterprise Ireland as a Senior Research Scientist to develop and manage the National Cell & Tissue Culture Centre¿s (NCTCC) commercial and research fermentation activities.

Dr. O'Driscoll is a keen amateur astronomer with a particular interest in lunar photography. You can visit his website at:

Dr. O¿Driscoll holds an MBA from Dublin City University, a PhD from University College Dublin and a B.Sc. from University College Cork.