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

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

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,

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, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Media Contact US: Rick Silva
Direct: 818 749-6620

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).

Read full article Irish Times

Inventors feeling good vibrations as projects gain commercial pace

Photo L-R: Colm O’Dwyer, Professor in Chemical Energy, UCC; Sharon Sheahan, Commercialisation Manager at UCC / Teagasc; Derry Fitzgerald, AudioSourceRE, CIT Rubicon; David Corkery, Technology Transfer Operations Manager at UCC

‘Good Vibrations’ will be among a selection of Beach Boys classics which will become available in stereo for the first time. A great calling card for Dr Derry Fitzgerald and his team at Cork School of Music, CIT and Rubicon, it’s just one of the innovative products bringing AudioSourceRE to global attention. It has also developed technology that can, for example, isolate a vocal or a guitar line from a recording.

This technology is set to become a mobile app, which could revolutionise karaoke and other wide use music formats. The RE stands for “reverse engineering”, which describes the way the software grabs single elements from previously engineered audio.

AudioSourceRE is also shortlisted for next Wednesday’s Bridge Network Invention of the Year Awards, which take place in UCC next Wednesday. This is the sixth year UCC has hosted the inventor awards, and their second year as a Bridge Network event.

Bridge Network is a technology transfer consortium comprising tech transfer offices from UCC, CIT, Teagasc, and IT Tralee. The Invention of the Year is sponsored by Purdy Lucey Intellectual Property.

Dr Fitzgerald is in a shortlist with innovations and inventions in agtech, anti-counterfeiting technology, audio engineering, biotherapeutics, nutraceuticals, sensor camera technology, and 3D printing technology.

“I am a huge fan of the Beach Boys,” said Dr Fitzgerald. “Getting my name on the sleeve of their album is really incredible. This remix has been done using our software to take the original mono recording into stereo.

“Until now, there has been equivalent to Photoshop in audio. With our technology, you can grab the singer out of a recording. You can take it from a CD, use it in a sample. You can grab just the drums and make them into a loop.

“People have been sampling from vinyl ever since the 1980s; they were doing some filtering, tidying it up a bit, but no more. This allows you to pull out just one element. There are many potential uses. An RTÉ crew could use it to remove the sound of a car driving by during a news report.

“For karaoke backing tracks, you might want to be a Beatle. You could pull out Paul, then sing along with George, John, and Ringo.”

Dr Fitzgerald and his team have developed this software over 18 years, working with musicians at Cork School of Music.

AudioSourceRE will pitch the technology to industry leaders at the Audio Engineering Society Conference 2018 in New York in October.

“I have been working on this for 18 years, so I have a lot of expertise in the area,” he said. “The software behind this has never been published. It would be very hard for someone else to reverse engineer what we have done.

“The record companies are very slow to let anyone get near their assets. Capitol Records agreed to give us access to the Beach Boys because they knew we could do something which would be useful for them. In terms of name recognition, the Beach Boys certainly gives us great credibility.”

Of course, the network has a stunning list of success stories. These include Atlantia Food Clinical Trials, the UCC and Teagasc collaboration on human diet. Luxcel Biosciences was acquired by Agilent Technologies. Oculus acquired InfiniLED in a deal which will see Irish-developed LED technology applied to virtual-reality devices. Moreover, lists some incredible technologies which are currently available.

Significant global attention will be paid to all of next week’s Invention of the Year contenders.

On the Invention of the Year shortlist is LiOSKIN, a 3D printed battery created by Colm O’Dwyer, professor in chemical energy in UCC and academic member at Tyndall National Institute. The battery can be made into any shape, it can be 3D printed. The battery could revolutionise wearable technology, medical devices, IoT, wireless technology, and other areas that use up a lot of small-sized batteries.

“The importance of this battery is that you can 3D print it, so you never have to get another replacement battery for things like medical devices or a range of other technologies,” said Prof O’Dwyer. “It can be attached to the outside of anything.”

Prof Anita Maguire, UCC’s vice-president for research and innovation, says the Bridge Network, rather than fostering competitive rivalries, has created powerful relationships between the partners in UCC, CIT, IT Tralee, and Teagasc.

She said the knowledge transfer offices in each institution deserve huge credit for the collective support they offer researchers in the consortium. The commercialisation of this research is a good indicator of its focus on outputs and collaboration.

UCC continues to be the best-funded research university in Ireland, having won competitive R&D investments of €99.9m in 2016/17, up 27% (€21.5m) over the last five years; of that €10m came from industry partners.

“The contenders for this year’s Invention of the Year come from a wide breadth of fields,” said Prof Maguire. “All of these innovations represent great commercial opportunities. There is a lot of great work behind the scenes in the technology transfer offices in bringing these great creative inventions forward for patent.

“The relationships that are developed in the network are very strong and have great long-term benefits,” said Prof Maguire. “Next Wednesday’s event serves a number of purposes. It brings attention to the research. It also brings together a lot of different stakeholders, people from a range of business environments.

“There are tremendous collaborations in the network, with all of the partners working together. On Wednesday, people will get to see the business opportunities in the inventions. The discussions after the event are often the most important part of the experience.”

Invention of the Year conders

Smart Camera: What if we could see the unseen? Well, Prof Nabeel Riza’s invention makes that hypothesis a reality. His CAOS (coded assisted optical sensor) camera will capture previously invisible scenes, which has immense implications for all sorts of applications from road safety and autonomous cars to deep surveillance. Based in UCC, Prof Riza’s CAOS camera transforms incident light into signals that undergo light detection and extreme dynamic range decoding via electronic wireless technology. This ‘smart camera’ also features full optical spectrum viewing from the UV to near InfraRed with special security features, and has won Riza a finalist slot at the 2018 AutoSens Award in Game Changer Award Category this month.

Battery Technology from Tyndall: Another really cool invention is that of the Magnetics team at Tyndall UCC. This world- leading integrated magnetics technology can improve power management efficacy of mobile devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptops and thus extend battery lifetime upon charging. This solves one of the biggest limitations currently experienced by users of mobile devices, and a major technical challenge for the industry. There is huge interest in this technology with a number of licences on the technology with major multinationals.

By Joe Dermody, Irish Examiner

Full article



Research, Innovation, Invention

Shortlist announced for 2018 Invention of the Year Awards

Photograph L-R: Dr. Sandra Lenihan, Dr Keith Bryan and Dr. Ken O’Connell from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)

Innovations and inventions in agtech, anti-counterfeiting technology, audio engineering, biotherapeutics, biotech, nutraceuticals3D printing technology and sensor camera technology, have been recognised as finalists for the 2018 Invention of the Year Awards 2018 by the Bridge Network. 

Bridge Network is the largest technology transfer consortium in Ireland and comprises of the technology transfer offices from University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, Teagasc and the Institute of Technology Tralee. 

Today, the consortium announced the nominees from each of the consortium member institutions that have been shortlisted for the 2018 Invention of the Year Awards, which celebrate and recognise excellence in innovations and inventions whose benefits add significant impact to the economy and society.  

Previous Invention of the Year Award winners recognised by the consortium include the research team who invented the microLED technology behind InfiniLED, which was acquired by Facebook company Oculus in 2016. 

Announcing the 2018 Invention of the Year Awards shortlist, Vice President of Research & Innovation, University College Cork and Chair of the Bridge Network Governance Committee, Professor Anita Maguire said 

“The Invention of the Year Awards highlight the creativity and excellence of work by our researchers and recognise the impact of their innovations and inventions; this event provides an opportunity for us to showcase the quality and calibre of our people and their research discoveries to industry and to the broader research community. 

Outputs from our research in UCC, CIT, Teagasc and IT Tralee not only lead to breakthrough innovations and pioneering technologies across all industry sectors, but in addition through our knowledge transfer activities, we support our researchers on the journey of commercialisation ensuring the potential economic and societal impact of their work is optimised by the technology transfer capabilities of consortium member institutions. 

Examples of success stories resulting from this combined and collaborative effort across consortium members in the healthtech sector alone include the creation of world class companies such as Luxcel Biosciences recently acquired by Agilent TechnologiesOrthoXel and Loci Orthopaedics”. 

A judging panel comprising of Irish and international experts in research, innovation, commercialisation, knowledge transfer and industry, will consider the finalists for awards from each institution in the categories of bioscience, ICT & physical sciences. 

Full details of the finalists from each institution are detailed below. Congratulations to all: 

University College Cork 

Andrew Moore 

Sean O’Mathuna

Colm O’Dwyer 

Graeme Maxwell

Hugh Smiddy

John Cryan 

Joseph O’Brien 

Maria Bardosova 

Mark Tangney 

Martyn E. Pemble 

Maura Naughton 

Mikhail Parchine 

Nabeel Riza 

Paul McCloskey 

Paul Ross 

Santosh Kulkarni 

Ted Dinan 

Thomas Walther 

Tomas Kohoutek 

Willie Lawton 

Zoran Pavlovic 



Anne M Mullen 

Carlos Alvarez 

Catherine Stanton,  

Ciaran Harte  

Conor Warren 

Ed Lavelle  

Ismael Marcet Manríque 

Jonathan Lane  

Kai Man Tang  

Kieran Meade. 

Mariarosaria Marotta,  

Rita Hickey  

Sinead Morrin 

Steve Carrington 



Cork Institute of Technology 

Derry Fitzgerald 

Keith Bryan 

Ken O’Connell 

Sandra Lenihan 


Institute of Technology Tralee 

Aleksandra Augustyniak 

Helena McMahon 


The 2018 Invention of the Year Awards ceremony will be held in University College Cork on Wednesday 19 September 2018. If you wish to attend the event, please email 

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Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property

Collaborative response to HEA Intellectual Property Management Review

The Bridge Network is actively responding to the Review of Intellectual Property Management and Conflicts of Interest Policies published in February this year by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

The review by the Higher Education Authority and commissioned by Knowledge Transfer Ireland includes a number of recommendations for Higher Education Institutions regarding Intellectual Property Management and Conflicts of Interest Policies with a view to ensuring effective and high-quality governance of their knowledge transfer activities.

A series of initiatives have been undertaken by the Bridge Network consortium members in response to this review. UCC hosted a half-day workshop in May 2018 led by Cengiz Tarhan, Managing Director of UCLB, the commercialisation company of University College London and its partner NHS Trusts.

Following on from this workshop, each member institution of the consortium which includes UCC, CIT, Teagasc and IT Tralee, have reviewed their policies and as necessary, have begun drafting new policies to assure good practice and the implementation of the recommendations in the review.

This item was a key item for discussion at the Quarter 2 Governance Committee meeting held in July. Dr. David Corkery, Operations Manager for the Office of Technology Transfer, UCC, the lead consortium partner, commented “These efforts will further ensure the benefits of the consortium relationship is maximised for all partners and assure high quality of IP and Conflicts of Interest management in each member institution”.

University College Cork has established over 20 companies in the last number of years and has a body of experience to inform the discussion.  These draft policies and the thinking behind the adjustments will form part of the ongoing Bridge Network governance committee meeting discussions.

For more information please contact Dr. David Corkery:

Minister announces €5M investment for Teagasc Prepared Consumer Food Centre

Mr Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine announced a €5M investment in the Teagasc Prepared Consumer Food (PCF) capability. The announcement was made at the Teagasc Gateway event organised for the Irish Food sector on Tuesday 12 June in the Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre.

The PCF Centre will support industry in piloting industry led collaborative research and innovation capability to create the new products that global consumers demand.

Over 200 people attended the event featuring discussions with the Minister of Agriculture and a panel of speakers on Brexit-proofing the Irish Food Industry.

The event highlighted how the role of research and innovation has never before been more important for the Irish food sector. The need for an innovative capability that can exploit existing pre-competitive research expertise was highlighted as a key success factor. The prioritisation and development of such research by public research organisations was agreed.

Teagasc showcased its capability to meet this innovation challenge with attendees touring the specialist facilities and services on the Ashtown site.

For more information, contact Sean Mulvany, Head of Technology Transfer, Teagasc at


Bridge Network Newsletter – Spring 2018

Welcome you to the first edition of The Bridge Network news update on behalf of University College Cork and our consortium partners in Teagasc, Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee. Our mission is to create an effective link for knowledge transfer expertise to be shared and used in the member institutions, enhancing the innovation ecosystem regionally and nationally. We combine our expertise to support the commercialisation of research, early stage spin-out companies, licensing and ultimately effective relationships with industry.

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