Friday, 27 April 2018

Irish Knowledge Transfer success recognised

Six innovative projects from Ireland’s research and technology sectors have been recognised at the annual Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) Impact Awards.

KTI is the national office that helps business to benefit from access to expertise and technology by making it simple to connect and engage with the research base in Ireland. For its annual awards, an international judging panel – comprised of experts in knowledge transfer and industry leaders – considered entries across six categories.

University College Dublin was awarded the ‘Collaborative Research Impact Award’ for its research with ENBIO that helped the company to develop a novel thermo-optical coating to reflect radiation and protect spacecrafts.

University of Limerick was awarded the ‘Consultancy Impact Award’ where the engagement resulted in the development of a software application for Xtract 360 Ltd that can re-create a car crash in real time to alleviate issues with undetected fraudulent insurance claims.

Dublin City University was awarded the ‘Licence2Market Impact Award’ for a licence that has helped Iconic Translation Machines Ltd, a leading language technology software company, to launch the world’s first patent specific translator.

Royal College of Surgeons Ireland was awarded the ‘Spin-out Company Impact Award’ for SurgaColl™, a venture-funded medical device company built on RCSI technology that supplies novel tissue regeneration products for surgical treatment.

DIT Hothouse was awarded the ‘Knowledge Transfer Initiative Award’ for devising a strategic inbound marketing strategy aimed at increasing industry awareness of its knowledge transfer offering.

Dr Emily Vereker, Senior Patents & Licensing Manager, Trinity College Dublin was awarded the ‘Knowledge Transfer Achiever Award’ for the development of new patent management initiatives alongside her active case management role, coupled with sharing the TCD approach to patent portfolio management more widely within the sector.

The awards were presented on the night by John Halligan TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development. Congratulating the awardees, Minister Halligan said:

“My Department, through Knowledge Transfer Ireland, has taken a pro-active approach to encouraging and supporting innovation from the research base in Ireland. We have a clear national research commercialisation policy and the tools to enable it including the national IP Protocol, the Technology Transfer Strengthening Initiative and the establishment of KTI. The results from our knowledge transfer system are encouraging and these awards showcase just some of the recent successes.”

Dr Alison Campbell, Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland, also congratulated the six awardees: “The Impact Awards are an important event in Ireland’s research and innovation calendar, recognising knowledge transfer successes and the people who make them happen. They are also an opportunity for us to demonstrate the wider impact of knowledge transfer. The projects celebrated at the awards are addressing societal challenges, as well as creating economic value.”

Full details of the award winners are available at: