Cork Institute of Technology: A National Leader in Innovation

In 2018, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) carried out a whopping 85 Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher projects. This positions CIT as one of the leading knowledge providers in the country in this particular programme. Up from 58 Innovation Voucher projects in 2017, CIT is an ever-growing support for local business and the voucher programme is an ideal mechanism for  growing links with enterprise in the region.

Innovation Vouchers are funded by Enterprise Ireland and are worth €5,000. The vouchers are made available to small to medium sized  companies to investigate a business opportunity or a problem, with the assistance of a higher education institution. Vouchers can be also be pooled by groups of companies to address a shared problem (eg. Energy and environmental issues).

The success of the Innovation Voucher programme in CIT is due to its high calibre academic staff and the quality of its research centres. These research centres include;

  • CAPPA – Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis  www.cappa.ie/
  • Nimbus – Leading Research Centre in Cyber-Physical Systems & Internet of Things https://www.nimbus.cit.ie/

“The work being delivered by the Nimbus Technology Gateway is pivotal to Smart Factory’s Industry 4.0 services offering. The team have been very innovative and the whole experience to date has certainly been worthwhile, amazing value and rewarding. We are currently planning further projects with the Nimbus Technology Gateway for 2019 and beyond.” Brendan Sheppard – CEO, Smart Factory Solutions

The application process is easy and any company can apply for funding once it is registered with the Companies Registration Office. Entrepreneurs from CIT’s incubator, the Rubicon, and from across the region make great use of the Innovation Vouchers. “CIT’s research centres are outward facing and interested in collaborating with companies and organisations across all sectors of the economy. CIT has a breadth of research and innovation talent working with companies and organisations looking to innovate and solve problems” said CIT’s Innovation & Enterprise Manager , Josette O’ Mullane.

Calls for applications happen 3 times a year and last for 2 weeks at a time.

The next window for applications is until Wednesday 15th May 2019 at 3pm. www.innovationvouchers.ie

For more information on CIT’s and Innovation Vouchers you can contact the CIT Innovation and Enterprise Office at innovation@cit.ie.

National IP Protocol aims to add ‘competitive edge’

At the National Intellectual Property (IP) Protocol briefing in University College Cork, photographed were: Dr. Rich Ferrie, Director, Office of Technology Transfer, UCC, Dr. Alison Campbell OBE, Director, Knowledge Transfer Ireland and Dr. Charles Garvey, CEO, Metabolomic Diagnostics, UCC Spinout company. Photo By Tomas Tyner, UCC.

Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) kicked off its national roadshow to present the IP (intellectual property) Protocol 2019 to businesses and researchers around the country in UCC this week. It was also presented in Limerick, Galway and Dublin.

It provides a practical, best practice framework for businesses, from start-ups and SMEs to large multi-nationals and entrepreneurs to access and utilise Irish research to drive economic growth.

The protocol, which is in its third edition, is produced and managed by KTI on behalf of the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation.

The protocol sets a benchmark for good practice in the commercialisation of valuable IP, on terms that are fair to researchers and business alike, and in ways that are predictable and consistent from one negotiation to the next.

The IP Protocol has been a reference point for business and research communities since it was first produced in 2012. The previous protocol was published in 2016. The new protocol includes a dedicated section on best practice in the formation of spin-out companies. It also includes a summary of the issues relating to state aid in the commercialisation of research.

Charles Garvey, CEO of Metabolomic Diagnostics, a Cork-based spin-out company shared his experience of growing a spin-out company at the event.

Minister Halligan, Minister of State at the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Education and Skills said: “The commercialisation of public research to drive innovation and Ireland’s economic competitiveness is a key pillar of the Government’s innovation strategy, Innovation 2020. While investment in research performing organisations the length and breadth of the country is critical, it must go hand in hand with an effective strategy to put that research into the hands of businesses for the benefit of the Irish economy and society. The National IP Protocol is a key element of that strategy.”

“We welcome the launch of the updated National IP Protocol with the additional guidance on spin-out companies. Forming spin-outs is an important aspect of our knowledge transfer activities at University College Cork. Having this guidance in the public domain will go a long way to managing the expectations of academic entrepreneurs, spin out managers and investors as they seek to grow these innovative new companies.” Dr Rich Ferrie, Director, Technology Transfer, UCC.

Alison Campbell, Director of KTI said: “The new section on spin-out company formation developed in consultation with people operating at the coal-face is particularly welcome and was drafted to address a gap in the framework. The range of practical tools produced by KTI that are referenced throughout the protocol and its associated resource guide have been expanded.

“The aim of these tools is to provide relevant resources that demystify knowledge transfer and allow commercialisation and collaboration to flourish, while protecting the interests of all parties.”

The National IP Protocol 2019 comprises two documents:

– the policy document sets out the framework underpinning research collaboration and access to intellectual property from state-funded research

– the resource guide which provides an overview of the national IP management guidelines and links to a wealth of resources and template documents that support these guidelines. It also provides an overview of the knowledge transfer structures in Ireland.

For more, see www.knowledgetransferireland.com/managingIP

Bridge Network

€100m investment for SFI Centres for Research Training

 

Tuesday 5th March, Dublin – Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, today announced an investment of over €100 million in six new SFI Centres for Research Training. The SFI Centres for Research Training programme, the first postgraduate training programme run by Science Foundation Ireland, will provide training for 700 postgraduate students in areas of nationally and internationally identified future skills needs of digital, data and ICT.

The SFI Centres for Research Training are now open for recruitment, and postgraduate students across the country are encouraged to apply for this innovative programme which will build on research excellence in Ireland.

Welcoming the announcement of the SFI Centres for Research Training, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD said: “In Project 2040, the Government has set objectives that will ensure a strong economic future for Ireland. Delivering on these will require continued investment in skills and talent in research and development, equipping the champions of this future economy with the tools and expertise necessary to build it. 

“The six new SFI Centres for Research Training will bring together the higher education sector and industry to develop and deliver innovative programmes of research and training for postgraduate students in Ireland.

“In line the Government’s new Future Jobs initiative, which we will launch in the coming days, these programmes will allow students to develop and learn about critical technologies for the future in areas like machine learning, artificial intelligence and more. This is all part of our wider effort to ensure that we are preparing now for tomorrow’s economy.

“I want to congratulate the teams involved in forming the centres and encourage postgraduate students across the country to apply to them.”

Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD said: It is a government priority to develop and maintain a pipeline of highly trained, well networked research talent in areas of strategic importance for Ireland. Through the SFI Centres for Research Training we will take a cohort-based approach to research training, allowing for better integration and collaboration across disciplines, and ultimately, individuals who are well-rounded, well-equipped, and confident to guide Ireland to a strong economy. The cohort approach will expose students to the wider scientific relevance of their research, encourage peer-to-peer learning and facilitate the establishment of networks, empowering them to take on positions of leadership.” 

The SFI Centres for Research Training will generate strong collaborations between research and industry. They will involve partnerships across multiple Higher Education Institutions including University College Dublin (UCD), Technological University of Dublin (TUD), Dublin City University (DCU), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), University College Cork (UCC), Maynooth University (MU), University of Limerick (UL), NUI Galway (NUIG), Tyndall National Institute (TNI) and Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI).

A number of SFI Research Centres and approximately 90 major industry partners will also support the SFI Centres for Research Training.

The six SFI Centres for Research Training are:

Dr Brian McNamee (UCD), Dr Georgiana Ifrim (UCD), Prof Sarah Jane Delany (TU Dublin), Prof Noel O’Connor (DCU)

Prof Carol O’Sullivan (TCD), Prof Vincent Wade (TCD), Prof John Kelleher (TU Dublin), Prof Alan Smeaton (DCU), Prof Peter Corcoran (NUIG), Prof Julie Berndsen (UCD)

Prof Dirk Pesch (UCC), Prof John Barrett (CIT), Dr Deirdre Desmond (MU), Prof Siobhán Clarke (TCD), Prof Max Ammann (TU Dublin), Prof Cormac Sreenan (UCC)

Prof James Gleeson (UL), Dr Claire Gormley (UCD), Prof Ken Duffy (MU)

Prof Barry O’Sullivan (UCC), Prof Tiziana Margaria (UL), Dr Ivana Dusparic (TCD), Dr Derek Bridge (UCC), Dr Suzanne Little (DCU), Dr Paul Buitelaar (NUIG)

Prof Cathal Seoighe (NUIG), Dr Eva Szegezdi (NUIG), Prof Denis Shields (UCD), Prof Gianpiero Cavalleri (RCSI), Prof Pavel Baranov (UCC), Prof Aoife McLysaght (TCD)

Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, said: I am very pleased to announce the six new SFI Centres for Research Training .The level of investment in this programme is significant, and demonstrates SFI’s commitment to ensuring that future generations of Irish PhD students are well trained in the important field of data analytics and its application to business, health, agriculture etc. Teams of excellent researchers in Irish higher education institutions have teamed up with industrial collaborators and international partners to develop outstanding national programmes of research and training in digital, data and ICT skills – the future of both the economy and society .SFI aims for this to be the best programme in the world providing major opportunities for PhD students in Ireland and a rich source of outstanding graduates who will be sought after by employers from both the private and public sectors.” 

Operating on a thematic basis in terms of skills needs, the first SFI Centres for Research Training will focus on the area of ‘Data and ICT Skills for the Future’. This area highlighted in particular by the Government’s Future Jobs initiative, which prepares for the future economy by investing in innovative, disruptive technologies. The scope of this thematic area includes innovative software and hardware-based information and communications technologies (ICT) as well as the diffusion of ICT in other application areas of science and technology.  With ICT playing a role as a key enabling technology in other application areas of science and technology, the development and adoption of disruptive technologies will also be a focus for this round of funding.

For more info see: http://www.sfi.ie/research-news/news/sfi-humphreys-halligan/

 

Showcase for High Potential Start-ups

Enterprise Ireland yesterday (14 February) announced that it had invested €23m in Irish start-ups in 2018 at the annual Enterprise Ireland showcase for High Potential Startups (HPSU) held at Croke Park in Dublin.  Among the figures shared by Enterprise Ireland at the event included citation of supporting 132 companies, establishment of 82 high-potential start-ups (HPSUs), 50 Competitive Start Funds secured and 15 spin-out companies from third-level institutions. Additionally, Enterprise Ireland said that there were 28 women-led HPSUs, as well as 26 HPSUs that received follow-on investment funding as their business scaled.

The annual event was attended by hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors and was all about putting the class of 2018 on display. There was strong representation from University College Cork including five startups from UCC’s IGNITE  programme: Fiona Edwards Murphy, CEO, ApisProtect Limited, Mike Sheehan, CEO, MilisBio; Conor Lyden, CEO, Trustap and Marie Therese Shortt, CEO,CulturePro who is currently a participant on the New Frontiers Programme at CIT.

CIT spinout AudioSourceRE was once again exhibiting this year. The company is the culmination of over 18 years of research into sound separation by Dr. Derry Fitzgerald (CTO), whose company vision is to become the leading developer of high-quality music de-mixing software for music and post-production studios, DJ’s, producers, artists, and musicians.

“Enterprise Ireland’s strategy for 2017-2020 is to support more start-ups with global ambition to build scale and expand reach,” said Joe Healy, divisional manager of the HPSU unit at Enterprise Ireland.

“Now at the halfway mark into our four-year strategy, we are on course to meet the ambitious target of creating 60,000 new jobs by the end of 2020. Key to reaching this target is cultivating an environment for more entrepreneurs to develop their business and succeed.

“Working with the government and our partners, Enterprise Ireland will continue to support and nurture an ecosystem that ensures the availability of appropriate supports including finance, mentorship, peer-to-peer learning platforms and access to overseas markets, priming early-stage businesses and entrepreneurs to grow,” Healy concluded.

“I would like to congratulate the start-up class of 2018 and we look forward to continuing to work to help them scale into international businesses in the coming years.”

For more information see https://startupshowcase.enterprise-ireland.com/

UCC play hosts to Spin-out Roadshow

There was standing room only at the recent Spin-out roadshow hosted by UCC in partnership with CIT,  Atlantic Bridge and Bank of Ireland which saw entrepreneurs and researchers gather to hear about the funding supports available to Irish startup companies.

On Thursday 29 November, UCC hosted a spin-out roadshow in partnership with CIT,  Atlantic Bridge and Bank of Ireland which saw over 60 entrepreneurs and researchers gather to hear about the funding supports available to Irish startup companies.

The event, held in GatewayUCC, centred around a panel discussion from CEO’s of UCC and CIT start-up companies, who shared candid advice and insights from their own startup journies. Guests were welcomed by Dr. Anita Maguire, Vice-President, Research & Innovation, UCC  and Dr. Rich Ferrie, Director, Office of Tech Transfer, UCC.

The panel, introduced by Myriam Cronin, Manager, UCC Gateway, included Dr Alan Holland, CEO, Keelvar Systems, Declan O’Mahony, ex-CEO, Heartsine and Entrepreneur in Residence, Tyndall, UCC Pat O’Connor, CEO, OrthoXel and Dr. Ray Alcorn, CEO, Exceedence . The panel discussion was facilitated by Stephen Moran, Head of Innovation & Research at Bank of Ireland

Each of the companies spoke about the various funding tools and supports they engaged with all their growth trajectory. Some of the insights and advice about fundraising by generating solid cash flow, venture capital, funds, crowdfunding and Enterprise Ireland are captured below:

It takes 10 years to grow a business; not all funds can support you through that time frame

Cashflow is King; there is no better form of raising funds than through cash flow.

Get business validation early

Incubate for as long as possible; make sure you incubate the tech for as long as possible

Typically, will always give away 30% equity no matter what way you are fundraising

Don’t forget about the soft supports such as the accessibility and supports available through Enterprise Ireland’s global network.

VC’s bring credibility to the business, especially when you’re operating internationally

Investors bring governance to your business

VC’s aren’t looking to solve your business problems; they are looking for an opportunity to capitalise on and to help you to commercialise.

Crowdfunding is essentially a digital marketing campaign. About 60% of the work is done before you go live.

 

For more information about the supports for research-based start-ups at UCC please contact Myriam Cronin, Manager, UCC Gateway at myriam.cronin@ucc.ie

Meet The Investor Event, CIT

Photo l-r: Aidan O’ Driscoll, IRRUS Investments; Mairead English-Maher Enterprise Ireland, Alison Crawford,  Atlantic Bridge Venture Capital and Declan O’ Mahony, Entrepreneur in Residence, Tyndall, UCC.

The third Bridge Network Meet the Investor event was held in the Rubicon Centre, CIT Campus on 14 November last.

The event brings together the consortium’s community of commercialisation managers, researchers and early-stage entrepreneurs, together with members of the investment community.

The aim of the event is to help early stage entrepreneurs prepare their future business strategy and to become more attractive to investment opportunities. Entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to present their business ideas and the expert panel provide feedback and business advice in a nonthreateningenvironment.

The expert panel who so kindly volunteered their time on the day included Aidan O’ Driscoll, IRRUS Investments; Alison Crawford Atlantic Bridge Venture Capital; Mairead English-Maher Enterprise Ireland and Declan O’ Mahony , Entrepreneur in Residence, Tyndall, UCC.

Invaluable feedback and advice was generously shared with researchers and entrepreneurs on the day, as well as future first introductions made to contacts from the investment community

The next event will take place in Spring 2019. For more information please email bridgenetwork@ucc.ie

CIT Spinout AudioSourceRE releases their premier audio separation software at AES New York 2018

New York (October 16, 2018) – AudioSourceRE, takes the pro audio market by storm, with the release of DeMIX Pro – the newest innovation in the world of audio source separation.

DeMIX Pro combines world-class sound isolation algorithms with an advanced spectral audio editor and built in multi-channel mixer to provide anyone in the field of music and post-production unrivaled creative freedom. Isolate vocal, drums and other instrument stems from any mixed audio for remixing, up-mixing, re-mastering, and post-production applications. DeMIX Pro is now available for purchase at http://www.audiosourcere.com

De-MIX Pro demonstrates superior flexibility over other audio separators by offering unlimited non-destructive track separations, an intuitive workflow, convenient merge tracks functions, a groundbreaking multi-track spectral editor and unmatched stability.

AudioSourceRE is also releasing DeMIX Essentials – an entry-level must have for DJ’s producers, remix artists, musicians and educators who want to create a-cappellas, backing tracks, isolated drum tracks and high-quality samples or quick remixes from existing audio mixes. DeMIX Essentials quickly separates vocals, drums, and other instruments to create up to four separate audio stems.

CEO John O’Connell stated, “We are delighted to launch our two groundbreaking products at AES. Now anyone interested in creating the best audio separations and isolations for music production and post-production applications will be able to do so.”

AudioSourceRE is also pleased to announce the recruitment of veteran audio engineer and source separation specialist, Rick Silva – visionary behind the Audionamix’s ADX TRAX product line. Rick brings his vast experience and unique industry insight to AudioSourceRE as their VP of Product & Business Development and will help introduce DeMIX Pro and DeMIX Essentials at AES New York 2018.

“After extensive testing of DeMIX Pro, I wanted to contribute to AudioSourceRE’s journey to the top, in the field of audio source separation. Our product line will offer the best sounding source separation solution in the game”

What the audio industry is saying about DeMIX pro and DeMIX Essentials

“DeMIX Pro is the best extraction software I have ever used.” Mark Linett. 3-time Grammy winner. (The Beach Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers)

“DeMIX Pro is the first software that can deliver a usable vocal extraction with just a few clicks – even from a mono source” Martyn Webster. Audio Engineer & Producer. (The Cure, ABC, Underworld)

“DeMIX Essentials is easy to use yet very powerful! Highly recommended!” Chris Kissel Webmaster, monotoSTEREO.info

DeMIX Pro and DeMIX Essentials technical specifications:

* Mac OS 10.9 and up

* Windows 7 and up

* Minimum RAM requirements – 4 GB

* Minimum CPU requirements – Core Duo 2.3GHz

* High speed internet connection required

AudioSourceRE product pricing:

* DeMIX Essentials: Buy for $179

* DeMIX Pro: Buy for $749

(*special AES intro offer available for a limited time)

About AudioSourceRE

AudioSourceRE is the culmination of over 18 years of research into sound separation by Dr. Derry Fitzgerald (CTO). Our company vision is to become the leading developer of high-quality music de-mixing software for music and post-production studios, DJ’s, producers, artists, and musicians. For more information visit, www.audiosourcre.com or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Media Contact US: Rick Silva
Direct: 818 749-6620
marketing@audiosourcere.com

Pharma Industry Awards 2018

Cork Institute of Technology win at Pharma Awards Ireland 2018

From Left to Right: Fiona Gilchrist (PMTC), Ken O’Connell (Pfizers), Sandra Lenihan (CIT – PMTC), Ahmad Albadarin (PMTC), Bianca Lai (Pfizer) and Keith Bryan (CIT- PMTC

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) and Pfizer (Ringaskiddy) won the Partnership Alliance of the Year 2018 at the Pharma Awards Ireland. The winners were revealed at a gala awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 23rd, at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin.

This collaboration’s successful outcome has subsequently been rolled out to international sites with Pfizer Corporation reaping commercial benefits for the organisation. This was an academic – industrial collaboration with the goal of providing an advanced technology solution to address a contemporary manufacturing issue specifically in an API Pfizer manufacturing (in Cork). The academic investigators were Dr Sandra Lenihan, Dr Keith Bryan and Dr Ken O Connell (Academic Partners), School of Engineering, CIT. Dr Liam Tully and Bianca Lai, API Technology were the Pfizer personnel (Industrial Partners ) who scoped the initial project and furnished company specific criteria for the Pfizer API manufacturing process and facilitated trial work on site.

The goal of this project was to develop a technology solution for use during phase separation in the pharma industry with would remove the upper layer as efficiently and effectively as removing the

lower layer through the bottom outlet. In this way fewer reactors would be required, in fact a single reactor could be used for the chemistry as well as the phase separations required in workup.

The siphon technology that was developed during the project is being deployed on three production trains of a key Pfizer product, in Cork and is currently being evaluated for multiple other key products in the company’s portfolio. The benefits that have already been projected on plant for this product include; reduction in work-up time from 4.5 hours to 0.75 hours, full automation vs manual separation, significantly increased efficiency, decreased phase carry-over and decreased plant cleaning requirements.

The project was delivered within three months of kick-off with Dr Ken O Connell working as a full time researcher for the duration of this project. The project took the following steps between CIT and Pfizer; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Modelling – several iterations, 3D printing of 1st prototype, Trial Work in Pfizer Kilo Lab, manufacture of 2nd prototype, and production of the unit by an Irish based SME. Significant time and expertise was required to generate simulations using CFD (Fluent software). Simulations can often take up to 1.5 days to execute.

Dr O’Connell has since taken up a role with Pfizer, further enhancing relationship between the partners and simplifying the technology transfer from CIT to Pfizer. The flexibility and agility of the Technology Transfer Office in CIT enabled the collaboration with Pfizer within a strict timeline which was another contribution factor to the success of this project.

 

Cork firm’s new technology for cancer diagnostics

A Cork life sciences company is looking to commercialise its breakthrough cell detection technology that could revolutionise cancer diagnostics and other research.

BioBind, the brainchild of Dr Mark Tangney and his team, Dr Ian Curtin and Stephen Buckley, is a custom imaging solution that uses a novel smart biosensor to allow researchers and other professionals to see inside and outside the body.

The innovation will reduce the time to develop new treatments or diagnostics for various diseases, including forms of cancer.

BioBind, which won the UCC Life Sciences Invention of the Year, is now in the planning stages to launch a spinout company to commercialise the technology.

The UCC ICT Invention of the Year was presented to Prof Cian O’Mathuna and the Tyndall magnetics on silicon team for their magnetics technology, which will improve battery life of mobile devices.

Teagasc Invention of the Year went to the team led by Dr Kieran Meade for its next-generation vaccination solution for neonatal calves.

IT Tralee Invention of the Year was won by Dr Helena McMahon and her team for their solution to address intrinsic or extrinsic skin ageing through extracellular matrix production.

CIT ICT Invention of the Year was won by Dr Derry Fitzgerald, who developed ‘Photoshop for audio’ which is now being used by the Beach Boys, Capitol Records, and others in the audio industry to remaster music.

See full story by Padraig Hoare, Irish Examiner

UCC honours innovators with Bridge Network Awards

Photos: Winners of the Bridge Network Invention of the Year Awards, presented at UCC, are Prof. Cian O’Mathuna (Tyndall, UCC), Dr. Helena McMahon (IT Tralee) and Dr. Mark Tangney (UCC).

A long-life smartphone battery; imaging technology that offers faster cancer results ; a new babies’ vaccine and a new skin-ageing treatment were among recent inventions by Irish-based researchers.

The scientists responsible for inventions that could make the world stage and solve “key challenges in today’s society” have been honoured by University College Cork’s 2018 Bridge Network Awards.

The UCC life sciences invention of the year went to Dr Mark Tangney, Dr Ian Curtin and Stephen Buckley of UCC college of medicine and health for new imaging technology that could make it “dramatically more affordable”.

The “BioBind” imaging system could be particularly useful in cancer diagnostics and life sciences research and rapidly accelerate research in even small laboratories.

Prof Cian Ó Mathúna and the Tyndall National Institute won the UCC ICT invention of the year award for a magnetics invention that improves the battery life of mobile devices.

“The innovation has global significance, solving one of the biggest limitations” currently facing batteries, according to Prof Ó Mathúna. Already, it has been licensed to three major multinationals.

Sound separation

Dr Derry Fitzgerald, whose spin-out company AudiosourceRE is based at Cork Institute of Technology Rubicon Incubation Centre, won the CIT ICT invention of the year award for so-called “sound-separating” technology.

So far, it has been used to remaster music such as the Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations album and is currently being deployed by Capitol Records and others in the audio industry to remaster music.

The IT Tralee invention of the year was awarded to Dr Helena McMahon and Dr Aleksandra Augustyniak for a skin-ageing treatment, “NutraECM solution”. An oral, or topical treatment, it targets both collagen and elastin production. However, it could have far more extensive uses, since the researchers believe that it could be used for cartilage and bone regeneration.

The Teagasc invention of the year award was given to a team led by Dr Kieran Meade of Teagasc, Dr Ciarán Harte and Prof Ed Lavelle (both of TCD) for their new “neonatal vaccination solution”. Their patent-pending innovation will improve immunity in neonates (infants in the first weeks and months of life).

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