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The 2015 Ignite Technology Transfer Office (TTO) Commercialisation Programme ‘Ignite Eco-System’ at NUI Galway came to an exciting finale with five of the overall group presenting to a panel of expert judges. The final presentations were the product of an intense 10-week commercialisation training and mentoring workshop.

Pictured (L to R back): David Murphy, Director of Technology Transfer at NUI Galway, Aftab Iqbal, Frankie Conlon, Brendan Cunniffe, Director of Research & Development at Thoratec Ltd, and Declan Clarke, CEO at Independent Concepts Ltd., Dr Amir Shafat. (L to R front) Lisa Mullee, Sweta Rani, and Fiona Neary, Business Development Manager of Ignite Technology Transfer Office at NUI Galway.

Pictured (L to R back): David Murphy, Director of Technology Transfer at NUI Galway, Aftab Iqbal, Frankie Conlon, Brendan Cunniffe, Director of Research & Development at Thoratec Ltd, and Declan Clarke, CEO at Independent Concepts Ltd., Dr Amir Shafat. (L to R front) Lisa Mullee, Sweta Rani, and Fiona Neary, Business Development Manager of Ignite Technology Transfer Office at NUI Galway.

Participants joined the programme at first with an idea, a new discovery or application of some form which they felt may have commercial potential. This potential was then explored, through research the opportunities were evaluated in order to allow each participant to determine the best course of action for their venture. Experienced coaches and mentors assisted in developing commercialisation roadmaps, detailing the next steps towards commercialisation. Participants benefitted from expert assistance in formulating their business models and value proposition and yesterday brought all of this together into impressive presentations to the judges.

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Ireland-based contract engineering design and manufacturing firm specializes in cleanroom injection molding, assembly and other custom solutions for medical device OEMs 

LISLE, IL – May 19th, 2015 Molex Incorporated, a global manufacturer of complete interconnect solutions, announced today the acquisition of ProTek Medical Ltd. by Molex Ireland Holdings B.V.  Headquartered in Sligo, Ireland, ProTek Medical Ltd. specializes in supplying custom solutions for medical device manufacturers in the global medical industry.

NUI Galway spin-out company, NVP Energy recently won two innovation awards in April for their wastewater treatment technology. The technology was licensed from NUI Galway in 2013 following a number of years of research and development activity by Professor Vincent O’Flaherty and his research group.

The novel technology treats wastewater and produces surplus energy at the same time. Prior to the introduction of this technology, the process required significant electricity input and produced large quantities of sludge requiring treatment and disposal. NVP Energy’s technology however, the Lt-AD, is energy positive. The sludge generated from treating the wastewater is harnessed to produce a biogas which gives off energy greater than the energy required to operate the LT-AD. The result of this is that the process of treating the wastewater produces more energy than it consumes, which benefits the environment as well as the users of the Lt-AD.

NUI Galway has appointment David Murphy as its new Director of Technology Transfer. The Technology Transfer Office at NUI Galway is responsible for supporting innovation and commercialization on campus. Supports are provided to both NUI Galway researchers interested in exploring the commercial potential of their inventions and to businesses at a range of development stages, from start-ups looking to grow, to multinationals looking for research opportunities. 

Most recently David was Vice President, Innovation, Communications and External Relations with Fidelity Ireland where he established their European center for applied technology, corporate social responsibility and communication programs as well as leading R&D incentive, innovation, patent, and academic collaboration programs. David joined Fidelity Investments in 2004 as site leader for Fidelity’s Galway facility with responsibility for business development and software delivery programs.

 
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