Speakers

    • Denis Hayes - Managing Director, IRDG

      Denis Hayes – Managing Director, IRDG 

      Denis has been with the IRDG since July 2011, he became Managing Director in 2011. He has over 30 years experience in the fields of research, development and innovation. During this time he has worked for leading brand companies and been involved in a variety of new market activity, product launches and product renovation. He has played a leading role in innovations associated with brands such as Cadbury, Yoplait, Avonmore, Kilmeaden, Heinz, Bulmers, Magners and Ballygowan.

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    • Ken Finnegan - Chief Technology Adviser for the Technology Division, IDA

      Ken Finnegan – Chief Technology Adviser for the Technology Division, IDA 

      Ken is the Chief Technology and Research Advisor for IDA Technology Ireland. He advises in innovation and technology both nationally and globally for the agency and client companies. Ken has been responsible for developing Ireland’s value propositions in IoT, A.I., Cyber Security and other technology areas.     Title: Ireland and Innovation. Synopsis: I will cover how Ireland is winning in the Innovation space, the infrastructure and support available for companies (FDI) and talk about the impact of technology and trends.

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    • Ian Collins - Partner and Head of Research & Development Tax Services, EY

      Ian Collins – Partner and Head of Research & Development Tax Services, EY 

      Ian is a partner and head of EY Ireland's Research & Development tax group, which is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of engineers, scientists, and tax professionals. Ian advises multinationals and small and medium-sized companies on all matters related to the Irish R&D regime across industry sectors. He has significant experience dealing with Irish Revenue on all matters related to the Irish R&D tax credit regime, has lectured extensively on the subject, and published multiple articles.   Ian also leads EY’s Irish tax depreciation group, overseeing capital allowances...

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    • Bernadette McGahon – Research & Innovation Services Manager at Industry Research & Development Group ,IRDG

      Bernadette McGahon – Research & Innovation Services Manager at Industry Research & Development Group ,IRDG 

      Over 17 years leading high performance innovation and business development within the public and private sectors. Shaped highly successful research development & innovation strategies and support programmes, delivering significant return on investment and commercial impact. Mature skills in designing and commissioning research to drive innovation with numerous published policy reports. Excellent communicator, influencer and relationship manager who has established positive networks with key government departments, R&D funders and industry bodies throughout Ireland, Northern Ireland, US...

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    • Damian Costello - Managing Partner, Decode Innovation

      Damian Costello – Managing Partner, Decode Innovation 

      Speaker Bio: Damian has more than 20 years’ consulting experience, having delivered successful strategy, product, process and service breakthroughs in Ireland, Europe, North America and Asia. For the last 12 years Damian has specialised in Disruptive Innovation – helping incumbents resist attacks or helping insurgents take the maximum market share. Damian has worked with leaders and executive teams across the full spectrum from global multi-nationals to local start-ups. His background in Industrial Design has seen him operate primarily in the Manufacturing Supply Chain i...

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    • Marie Wallace - Analytics Strategist and Solution Architect, IBM

      Marie Wallace – Analytics Strategist and Solution Architect, IBM 

      Marie Wallace is an Analytics Strategist and Solution Architect for IBM having spent more than a decade building analytics technologies which today underpin such solutions as IBM Watson. In recent years Marie's primary focus has been on the analysis of human data to deliver smarter, personalized and contextualized solutions for individuals and organizations. Marie is a globally recognized thought leader, with an active social media presence and popular blog, AllThingsAnalytics.com....

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    • Fionnuala Healy - CEO, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub , Trinity College Dublin

      Fionnuala Healy – CEO, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub , Trinity College Dublin 

      Passionate about successfully supporting new and innovative ideas from inception to market success.

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    • PJ Moloney- CEO, EireChrom/EireBio

      PJ Moloney- CEO, EireChrom/EireBio 

      Presentation Title: Trends in Upstream and Downstream Process Development for BioPharmaceutical Manufacturing, and the role of Analytical Characterisation, Qualification and Control Speaker Bio: Since being established in February 2013, EireChrom has gone about growing the business with considerable success. ...

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    • Peter Conlon - Commercialisation Executive, Maynooth University Commercialisation Office, National University of Ireland Maynooth

      Peter Conlon – Commercialisation Executive, Maynooth University Commercialisation Office, National University of Ireland Maynooth 

      Peter joined the office in 2013 as a Commercialisation Executive focusing on the broad area of of information and communications technologies working from invention disclosure through to spin-off or licence on all projects. Peter is responsible for industry collaborations and contracts is his field and for the development and negotiation of licensing opportunities with industry. He plays a key part in fostering the development of high-tech spin-out companies from the University by supporting business plan and product roadmap development, by advising on how licensed Univer...

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    • Raomal Perera - Consultant, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship INSEAD, Entrepreneur

      Raomal Perera – Consultant, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship INSEAD, Entrepreneur 

      Raomal Perera is a veteran of multiple entrepreneurial ventures and an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at INSEAD and UCD, where he currently teaches and studies entrepreneurship, innovation and the management of rapidly growing companies. Raomal is an educator and loves to work with entrepreneurs. However his primary role is helping established businesses make innovation work. He uses an interesting mix of his hands-on experience of building successful companies and the more recent experience of academia and research in helping companies GET, KEEP and GROW their customers, using a num...

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    • Deirdre Mortell - CEO, Social Innovation Fund Ireland

      Deirdre Mortell – CEO, Social Innovation Fund Ireland 

      Deirdre has built Social Innovation Fund Ireland from the ground up and is also CONNECT’s Social Entrepreneur in Residence. She has twenty years’ experience of changing the world one step at a time. Sometimes by leading and sometimes by contributing in a team setting to deliv...

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    • Rachel Collier - CEO and Co-founder, Young Social Innovators (YSI)

      Rachel Collier – CEO and Co-founder, Young Social Innovators (YSI) 

      Rachel Collier is the CEO and Co-founder of Young Social Innovators (YSI), an organisation that empowers young people to change our world through social innovation education. Passionate about creativity and innovation from an early age, Rachel was one of the first official Communications graduates in Ireland. She specialised in video production, working as a film editor in Paris for UNESCO before returning to Ireland to work with Sr Stanislaus Kennedy (Sr Stan) to carry out research on homeless women in Dublin. Rachel first saw the real power of social innovation when she and Sr Stan set...

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    • Philippe Brodeur - CEO and Founder, Overcast

      Philippe Brodeur – CEO and Founder, Overcast 

      Philippe Brodeur is the CEO and Founder of Overcast (www.overcasthq.com).  It’s the first cloud based video asset management platform designed for professionals who are sick and tired of wrestling to store, share, distribute and most importantly collaborate on video content.  Stop fiddling with Dropbox, Wetransfer, memory sticks and hundreds of emails – just use Overcast. Philippe has 25 years’ experience working in TV and online video.  He started his career in London with the BBC before moving to Ireland in the late 90s to help launch TV3.  In 2007 he founded TV3.ie and went on to build a...

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    • Benjamin J Boyle - CEO, BeJoZa

      Benjamin J Boyle – CEO, BeJoZa 

      Currently the CEO of BeJoZa LTD, Benjamin started his education in medicine and has since gone on to study business, investing, and capital markets. He is currently a Scholarship MBA Candidate at Trinity College Dublin. Benjamin has a Lifetime Achievement Award, and multiple awards for Artificial Intelligence, Fintech and Investing.   Title: Accurately researching your industry in order to innovate in the future - ...

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    • Dr. Karl Thomas - Innovation Consultant, Creatovation

      Dr. Karl Thomas – Innovation Consultant, Creatovation 

      Dr. Karl Thomas is an innovation consultant and speaker. Karl holds a Ph.D from Trinity College Dublin and has lectured at Trinity, D.I.T and is currently a course designer and guest speaker at A.I.T in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Karl delivers training in Critical, Creative and Innovative Thinking, through www.Creatovation.ie     Title: Innovative Leading for Leading Innovation Synopsis: In 2016, the educated expectation was that it would be approximately a decade before Boston Dynamics' A...

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    • Dr Federico Lucantoni, M.Sc., PhD - Postdoctoral researcher, Royal College of Surgeons, Centre for Systems Medicine

      Dr Federico Lucantoni, M.Sc., PhD – Postdoctoral researcher, Royal College of Surgeons, Centre for Systems Medicine 

      Federico is a molecular biologist and postdoctoral researcher in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Centre for Systems Medicine, under the supervisions of Prof. Jochen Prehn. His research focuses on testing a computational model, previously developed in the department by Dr. Andreas Lindner, to predict chemotherapeutic responses in breast cancer. His project also involves studying how to modulate breast cancer metabolism to stop the progression of this disease.     Title: A system modelling approach for personalised medicine in breast cancer ...

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    • Andrew Hunt - Strategic insights professional , Eolas International

      Andrew Hunt – Strategic insights professional , Eolas International 

      A highly experienced strategic thinker and insights leader, with proven success in shaping business growth. A trusted collaborator who develops and drives effective results through partnerships and teams. A critical evaluator of information and intelligence that informs and advances strategic priorities.

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    • David Maher - Fibre Optic Splicer , Actavo

      David Maher – Fibre Optic Splicer , Actavo 

      I am equipped with a strong understanding of my chosen discipline, a hard-working, enthusiastic individual with an eye for detail. A qualified Telecommunications Technician, I have specialist knowledge in the area of Fibre Optic systems and extensive understanding of the modern-day communication network. Problem solving, networking and establishing relationships comes naturally to me in every aspect of life.

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    • Frank Lincoln - Researcher PHD Student, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

      Frank Lincoln – Researcher PHD Student, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland 

      I graduated from the Institute of Technology – Tallaght, with bachelor’s degrees in Bioanalytical Science in 2011. I recently completed my Phd studentship in the field of molecular Biology and Biochemistry in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. My research focused on the molecular patterns underlying TNF related apoptosis inducing ligand (TRAIL) sensitisation by inhibitor of apoptosis proteins (IAP) antagonists in Glioblastoma.     Title: Molecular patterns underlying TNF related apoptosis inducing ligand (TRAIL) sensitisation by inhibitor of apoptosis...

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    • Niamh Healy-Moore - UX/UI, Interaction designer , Vodafone

      Niamh Healy-Moore – UX/UI, Interaction designer , Vodafone 

      I want to live in a simple, fuss free world where everything just, works. Clean freak extraordinaire, with a passion for decluttering, less is more in my book and that is reflected in most aspects of my professional and personal life (yes I have a household rota and everything). As a designer with more than 12 years of experience, specialising in creative digital media & interaction design, I have worked for My Home, Prontaprint, the RPA, Amaya gaming, startups and Vodafone, producing print & online campaigns, designing websites, UI and fine tuning user experiences. Along the way, m...

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    • exhibitor - Dr. Gráinne Kelly - Principal Specialist Clinical Psychologist in St Louise’s Unit, Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin

      Dr. Gráinne Kelly – Principal Specialist Clinical Psychologist in St Louise’s Unit, Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin 

      Dr. Gráinne Kelly is the Principal Specialist Clinical Psychologist in St Louise’s Unit at Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin. She has a Master’s in Research from University College Dublin and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Trinity College Dublin. She has worked as a clinical psychologist with complex cases in the community, in intellectual disability services and with young people at the moderate to severe end of mental health difficulty (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) for over twenty years. Clinical experience has also been achieved with neuropsychology, child sexual abuse an...

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    • Christian Pinto - Research Scientist, High Performance Systems group, IBM Research - Ireland

      Christian Pinto – Research Scientist, High Performance Systems group, IBM Research – Ireland 

      Christian Pinto holds a PhD in Informatics and Electronics Engineering (2015) and has been involved in various research activities on high performance computing systems, embedded systems and virtualization technologies. He recently joined IBM Research - Ireland in the High Performance Systems group to work on disrupting Cloud Computing technologies and Artificial Intelligence.     Title: IBM Research – Ireland, European industrial hub for Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive technologies Synopsis: Artificial Intelligence is expected to p...

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    • Marta Nawrocka - Photonics Device Design Engineer , Eblana Photonics Ltd

      Marta Nawrocka – Photonics Device Design Engineer , Eblana Photonics Ltd 

      Experianced, skilful, talented physicist. Passionate dollmaker.

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    • Bill Keogh - Lecturer in Agricultural Science , Waterford Institute of Technology and Dairy Farmer, Kilkenny

      Bill Keogh – Lecturer in Agricultural Science , Waterford Institute of Technology and Dairy Farmer, Kilkenny 

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    • Rukmani Sridharan - Postdoctoral Researcher, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Editor, Medgadget

      Rukmani Sridharan – Postdoctoral Researcher, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Editor, Medgadget 

      Rukmani is a postdoctoral researcher in Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), where she is developing novel biomaterials to promote wound healing. She recently completed her PhD in RCSI where she identified several properties of biomaterials that promote successful tissue regeneration. She completed her master's in biomedical engineering (from Czech Republic and Ireland) and has expertise in diverse biomedical solutions such as immune engineering, nerve regeneration and stem cell therapy. She is also an editor of Medgadget, a medical technology website that reports on the latest advance...

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    • Amy Healy - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, European Social Survey , Mary Immaculate College, Ireland

      Amy Healy – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, European Social Survey , Mary Immaculate College, Ireland 

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    • exhibitor - Una MacShane - Marketing Manager , GRENKE Ltd

      Una MacShane – Marketing Manager , GRENKE Ltd 

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    • Anne Marie Miller - Project Manager CRDI - CÚRAM Partnership , Clinical Research Development Ireland

      Anne Marie Miller – Project Manager CRDI – CÚRAM Partnership , Clinical Research Development Ireland 

      Dr Anne-Marie Miller is Manager of the Clinical Research Development Ireland (CRDI) / CÚRAM Partnership Project which focuses on analysis of changes in the regulatory environment for medical devices, and the development of training and information resources to support research and innovation. Anne-Marie, an experienced multidisciplinary scientific research coordinator, holds a PhD in Neuroscience from TCD.   Title: Developing key structures and resources to support medical device clinical research in Ireland Synopsis: This talk will focus on the ...

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    • Brendan Byrne - Technical Manager , Tomra Sorting Solutions

      Brendan Byrne – Technical Manager , Tomra Sorting Solutions 

      Specialties: - Camera modelling and calibration - Calibration and removal of optical aberrations - Modified optics within imaging systems - 3D structure and motion estimation - Real-time image processing - Matlab, C, C++, OpenCV, Zemax

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    • Barbara Diehl - Executive Director , The Innovation Academy, UCD

      Barbara Diehl – Executive Director , The Innovation Academy, UCD 

      I am an experienced and multilingual professional who has worked at every cornerstone of the innovation triangle of policy, academia and business. I have extensive expertise, knowledge, connections and networks in the following areas: • Early-stage venture creation • Experiential entrepreneurship education, teaching & training • Design-Thinking and intrapreneurship • Technology transfer & spin-outs • Business planning, development & strategy for start-ups • Investment raising • Start-up mentoring • Venture creation in developing economies • Science & innovation polic...

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    • Gillian Banks - Communications and Marketing Manager , Arthur Cox

      Gillian Banks – Communications and Marketing Manager , Arthur Cox 

      I am a highly skilled senior marketing and business development professional with over 14 years’ experience in developing and launching dynamic and effective marketing campaigns which support business goals and objectives. In my current role, I have full responsibility for all the marketing and business development activities for a mid-tier law firm. I have been with the Firm for over 7 years and during this period, I have successfully developed and grown the Firm’s marketing function. In 2014, I managed and implemented the rebranding of the Firm. I also have a proven track record of rev...

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    • Tom Fitzmaurice - Business Development Manager - Applied IoT , Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways

      Tom Fitzmaurice – Business Development Manager – Applied IoT , Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways 

      Experienced Senior Technical Manager with an entrepreneurial spirit and a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and engineering services industry. Skilled in Business Development, Internet of Things, Dimensional Metrology. Strong operations professional with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Cork Institute of Technology.

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    • exhibitor - Dr. Leanne Gregory - Senior Clinical Psychologist at St Louise’s Unit, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin

      Dr. Leanne Gregory – Senior Clinical Psychologist at St Louise’s Unit, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin 

      Leanne is a Senior Clinical Psychologist at St Louise’s Unit, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, where she contributes to multidisciplinary responses to children and families that have experienced sexual abuse.  Dr Gregory has also trained in forensic psychology, and has worked clinically in a range of health, prison, and social work settings, between Scotland and Ireland.  Much of her experience to date has been with service-users, especially young people, considered high risk in terms of vulnerability to harm and/or posing a risk of harm. She has both written, and spoken at national, Eu...

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    • Alan Casey - Partner & European Patent Attorney, FR Kelly

      Alan Casey – Partner & European Patent Attorney, FR Kelly 

      Alan is a European & Irish Patent Attorney, and a European Trade Mark & Design Attorney. Previously he worked in one of the largest IP firms in Seoul, South Korea. Prior to joining the IP profession, Alan was a process engineer in the electronic manufacturing industry. Alan’s areas of expertise include electronics, telecommunications, physics, mechanics, and software/business methods/computer-implemented inventions.     Title: What Intellectual Property should mean to your business Synopsis: What is Intellectual Property, Register...

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    • Krzysztof Kielkiewicz Ph.D. - Psychotherapist, Faculty lecturer at the PCI College, Dublin

      Krzysztof Kielkiewicz Ph.D. – Psychotherapist, Faculty lecturer at the PCI College, Dublin 

      Krzysztof Kielkiewicz has completed his PhD study at the University of Huddersfield, School of Health and Human Sciences, UK. He is a module leader for Psychotherapy & Science: Psychology, Psychiatry & CBT and is establishing Research Committee and academic, peer-reviewed journal at PCI College. He develops concept of dissociation as an underlying condition for mental disorders.   Title: Psychotherapy. A rising leader of mental health Synopsis: The functioning of a human body from the medical perspective is increasingly recognised as a to...

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    • Grace McCarthy - Programme Manager (SFI Centres), Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

      Grace McCarthy – Programme Manager (SFI Centres), Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) 

      Grace works in the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions office which is based in the Irish Universities Association. The Irish MSCA Office provides support to research performing organisations and the private sector on Marie-Sklodowska Curie Action through offering information, training and advice of the different MSCA opportunities.     Title: Funding Opportunities for Companies through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Synopsis: Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions are part of Horizon 2020 the EU framework programme for research and innovat...

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    • Dr Liam Lewis - Centre Manager: Centre for advanced Photonics and Process Analysis, CIT

      Dr Liam Lewis – Centre Manager: Centre for advanced Photonics and Process Analysis, CIT 

      Liam Lewis received his PhD from (UCC) Tyndall Institute in 2007. After working as a post-Doctoral researcher for 12 months he moved to a position of research engineer at the newly formed Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis in 2008. During his time there he worked on several Industry led research projects and successfully raised over €400K worth of project funding for the centre. In 2012 he was promoted to senior researcher, with responsibility for further project management and raising new capital investment. In 2014 he took up the position of Centre Manager. The centre current...

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    • Aisling Roche - Programme Manager, Royal Irish Academy

      Aisling Roche – Programme Manager, Royal Irish Academy 

      Aisling manages the US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards: a joint initiative between the Academy and the American Chamber of Commerce, the awards recognise excellence in research innovation, creation and invention by Irish HEIs, MNCs and SMEs, resulting from US Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Ireland.     Title: US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards Synopsis: The US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards were launched in 2015. A joint initiative of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Chamber of Commerce, the awards recognise excellen...

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    • Duncan Rowe - UK & Ireland Manager, Analytix Ltd

      Duncan Rowe – UK & Ireland Manager, Analytix Ltd 

      Duncan is the Sales Manager for the UK & Ireland and has been with Analytix for over 12 years. He has overseen the expansion and growth of the Milestone product line in the UK and is excited to now be offering these systems in Ireland. Analytix Ltd supplies sample preparation and analytical instrumentation for the chemical and life science markets.   Title: Evolution of the Microwave – discover what the modern Microwave can do for your laboratory

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    • Mike Scannell - European Patent Attorney, FR Kelly

      Mike Scannell – European Patent Attorney, FR Kelly 

      Mike is a qualified European, UK and Irish Patent Attorney, as well as a European Design Attorney.  Mike’s background is in Life Science having graduated from the NUI Galway with an honours degree in Biotechnology, and a PhD in molecular immunology from University College Dublin.  Mike works with clients of all sizes, from large multinationals, to universities, and to individuals and helps them to identify, protect and manage their intellectual property.     Title: Intellectual Property: maximising opportunities and avoiding pitfalls Synopsis:...

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    • Dr Eric Moore - Academic Member Tyndall National Institute, Lecturer School of Chemistry, University College Cork Ireland

      Dr Eric Moore – Academic Member Tyndall National Institute, Lecturer School of Chemistry, University College Cork Ireland 

      Dr Eric Moore heads an independent research group at University College Cork focused on bio/sensing and separation and is also an academic member at Tyndall National Institute. He is the programme director for the taught postgraduate courses in Analytical Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at University College Cork.     Title: Industry-led teaching – an innovative approach and its impact on the scholarship of teaching and learning Synopsis: Traditionally academics haven’t seen the need or value to consult with industry about what we sh...

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    • Dr Barry Murphy - Chief Technology Officer, Electrical Analytics

      Dr Barry Murphy – Chief Technology Officer, Electrical Analytics 

      Co-founder and CTO of power grid monitoring start-up Electrical Analytics. Barry’s background is with the Applied Physics Research Group, TCD, and he is applying his knowledge of data science to the problems being faced by electrical distribution grid operators. electrical-analytics.com     Title: Monitoring the Heart of the Grid Synopsis: Traditionally the power grid is divided into three levels – Generation, Transmission and Distribution. We are interested in the low voltage transformers...

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    • Dr Tim Yeomans - Centre Manager, Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre

      Dr Tim Yeomans – Centre Manager, Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre 

      Dr Tim Yeomans is the Centre Manager for Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, a collaboration between Limerick Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology, Tralee. Tim holds a PhD in Microbiology and postgraduate qualifications in Technology Commercialisation and Innovation Management. Tim is responsible for the scientific direction of the Centre, intellectual property management and business and technology development.     Title: Driving innovation through diversity Synopsis: Diversity is essential for innovation, to bring t...

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    • Barry Fitzgerald - Senior Research Fellow, Limerick Institute of Technology

      Barry Fitzgerald – Senior Research Fellow, Limerick Institute of Technology 

      Barry Fitzgerald is a Senior Research Fellow at Limerick Institute of Technology. An electronic engineer with a background in the technology sector, he currently manages INCASE, an innovation partnership between LIT, Vistamed Limited and Cook Medical Limited. He is also completing a PhD in the application of machine learning to flash memory.     Title:  INtelligent Cognitive Assisitance SystEm (INCASE): An Innovation Partnership Synopsis: The latest trends in Information & Communication Technology (ICT), automation and production, col...

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    • Dermot Tierney – Intellectual Property & Licensing Manager, The Queen’s University of Belfast

      Dermot Tierney – Intellectual Property & Licensing Manager, The Queen’s University of Belfast 

      Dermot is a technology transfer and commercialisation manager with experience in both the UK and Irish markets. He speaks about himself in the third person, knows a bit about university knowledge transfer, technology start-ups, IP and technology licensing and loves negotiating deals.     Title:Technology licensing and spinning out from universities – how companies and entrepreneurs can maximise the opportunity and limit the risks. Synopsis: A look at the approaches of some universities to structuring licenses and spin outs based on univer...

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