News Archive 2017

Seven UCD Research Projects Awarded Commercialisation Funding by SFI

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, has announced funding for seven UCD research projects, which will facilitate the commercialisation of research across a range of disciplines in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The SFI Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA) programme is run in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland and supports researchers undertaking applied research projects that demonstrate potential for strong economic impact. 

Seven research projects at UCD have been funded under this scheme in a range of areas. The research ambition for each project is significant and addresses current issues and shortcomings in areas such as diabetes management, MRSA, and ovarian cancer screening, amongst others.

Details of the seven research projects from UCD are outlined below:   

UCD Awardees:

NameSchoolBrief Overview of the Research Ambition
Prof David Brayden   Dr Delyan Hristov (postdoc) UCD School of Veterinary Medicine & UCD Conway Institute   UCD School of Chemistry This project is about trying to orally-deliver a diabetes-treating peptide drug that is normally injected twice a day by diabetic patients.  It involves entrapping the drug in a particular nanoparticle designed to protect it from breakdown in the stomach and to promote its uptake by the gut wall so that it can reach its target in the body. 
Dr Andrew Phillips     UCD School of Chemistry         Dr Phillips will work on the development of a 3-D printable antimicrobial polymer technology that incorporates antibiotics designed to prevent hospital-related infections, such as MRSA.
Prof Eoin Casey   UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering The project will develop a new purification technology that will enable more efficient large-scale production of pharmaceuticals.
Prof Declan Gilheany UCD School of Chemistry & UCD Conway Institute   Prof Gilheany will develop a chemical platform that enables the design and synthesis of the emerging class of therapies known as microRNAs  
Prof Walter Kolch     UCD School of Medicine, Systems Biology Ireland and UCD Conway Institute   Next Generation Ex-vivo Functional Predictive Assays for High Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer Screening: Three Dimensional, Multicellular Drug Screening using Lab on a Chip Technologies
Dr Madeline Murphy   UCD School of Medicine       Development of a novel assay for sensitive and accurate detection of early stage kidney disease via exploitation of an hypoxia inducible protein
Dr Margaret McGee UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science and UCD Conway Institute Novel Anti-Inflammatory Biotherapeutic Development  


Speaking of the Awards, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “…this investment in research commercialisation and entrepreneurship training…will enable [researchers] to take the first steps in developing new discoveries and inventions with commercial potential.”

The SFI TIDA programme is designed to enable researchers to focus on the initial stages of an applied research project, facilitating researchers with the opportunity to demonstrate the technical feasibility of their project, directed toward the development of a new or innovative technology, product, process or service that has potential for further commercial development.