The Innovation Office team are based in the Research and Innovation Centre, in the central part of the NUI Galway campus.  

Address: Research and Innovation Centre, National University of Ireland Galway, University Road, Galway,  H91 TK33, Ireland.

T: +353 (0)91 493694    E: innovation@nuigalway.ie   LinkedIn   Twitter @NUIGinnovation 

The Innovation Office team are always happy to talk to staff, students and industry.


David Murphy

David Murphy

Director of Technology Transfer and Innovation
Tel: 091 492663

David provides leadership, vision and strategic direction in the areas of technology transfer and innovation across the University and leads the high-performance team of professionals at the Innovation Office.

Caroline O' Farrell

Caroline O' Farrell

Systems, Metrics & Reports Administrator

Caroline manages the Innovation Office’s database of intellectual property, collates relevant metrics for national reports, produces statistical reports for the university's colleges and works to streamline processes.

Patricia Walsh

Patricia Walsh

Budget & Patent Portfolio Administrator

Patricia manages the Innovation Office’s budgets, the University’s patent portfolio, licence royalties as well as collating relevant information for reporting.

Ian Gallivan

Ian Gallivan

Commercialisation Executive
Tel: 091 495677

Dr. Kieran Ryan

Dr. Kieran Ryan

Knowledge Exchange Manager, Social Science, Arts and Humanities

Kieran works as part of the Innovation Office team to maximise the commercial and societal impact of our University's research with a particular focus on social science, arts and humanities. He is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional and lead broker for the Aspect Network.

John McSweeney

John McSweeney

Commercialisation Executive
Tel: 091 493425

Engineering, Energy, Biomedical and Science

Fionnuala Brown

Fionnuala Brown

Commercialisation Executive

Medical Technology

Fiona Neary

Fiona Neary

Innovation Operations Manager
Tel: 091 492400

Ruth Hynes

Ruth Hynes

Innovation and Engagement Officer

Ruth leads out on a portfolio of strategic projects and activities linked to research impact, engagement and communications.

Gwen O'Sullivan

Gwen O'Sullivan

Research Impact Officer

Sarah Brady

Sarah Brady

Marketing Assistant

Sarah supports the Innovation Office's marketing activities and communications efforts.

Lily O'Brien

Lily O'Brien

Head of Commercial Contracts

Jacinta Thornton

Jacinta Thornton

Associate Director (on leave)

Áine Mhic Thaidhg

Áine Mhic Thaidhg

Research Impact Officer (on leave)