MET and PEM Technology Gateways announce 5k Innovation Voucher Clinics

Are you an SME currently looking for help or guidance with research and innovation? Perhaps your product, service or process requires expertise which is currently outside of your existing R&D capacity? Do you know that your regional Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway can help?

The Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network delivers innovation expertise and solutions for Irish industry. Our network of 15 Gateways are located nationwide and focus on key technology areas, aligned to industry needs. Technology Gateways provide valuable Innovation assistance and support services to industry, playing a significant role in the innovation ecosystem nationwide.

Each project is viewed as unique and as a result the assistance provided by each Gateway team is tailored to its specific needs. Specialist gateway teams ensure that projects are delivered on time and within budget and provide a wide variety of support and assistance ranging from prototype production, business model development, process optimisation, customer interface, technical specification, new service development and technology audits.

Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Programme

Enterprise Ireland have a range of supports and funding available through the Network. One such initiative is the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher which was developed to build links between Ireland’s public knowledge providers (i.e. higher education institutes, public research bodies) and provides Irish SME’s with a pathway to Innovation solutions..

Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider. If you are a company thinking about Innovation or want to find out more about the programme, our expert Technology Gateway teams will bring you through the application process, criteria and suitability. They can even help with the application process itself.

Innovation Voucher Clinics

Innovation Voucher Clinics are being run by PEM and MET Technology Gateways throughout March. Registration is required but clinics are free to attend and take place online.

Details of available Innovation Voucher clinics are below:

PEM Technology Gateway in partnership with Sligo Local Enterprise Office are holding an Innovation Voucher Clinic during Local Enterprise Week on Friday 5th March 2021.

PEM Gateway based in IT Sligo has a technology offering for industry in precision engineering, manufacturing and materials. PEM works with companies at all stages of their research and innovation journey in the North West and nationally.

PEM Technology Gateway can offer expertise with the following;

  • Product Design and Additive Manufacturing.
  • Manufacturing Process Simulation and Optimisation.
  • Sustainable Manufacturing.
  • Enhancement, Optimisation & Control of Polymer Processes.
  • Precision Engineering and Micro-Machining.
  • Laser-based prototyping and Manufacturing technologies.
  • Nano-Materials and Nano-Technologies.

What could a €5,000 Innovation Voucher do for your business? Book a 30-min Consultation to find out more! Not sure who to work with or how to apply? No problem! We are part of a nationwide network of Technology Gateways, each with their own set of expertise, we can help you find the right partner to support your research needs and help you to prepare for your funding application.

Date: Friday 5th March

Duration: 30 mins

Time: 9.30am – 1pm

Book your session here

MET Technology Gateway are holding Innovation Voucher Clinics on March 10th and 11th 2021.

MET Gateway, based in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, offers technology solutions targeted at medical device, life-sciences and engineering companies. The Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Centre is an interdisciplinary technology centre providing world class solutions for the Medtech and general manufacturing sectors. The Centre develops novel technologies relevant to both clinical research and MedTech companies operating in the design application phase. MET supports RD&I activities for industries throughout the west of Ireland and nationally.

MET Technology Gateway can offer expertise with the following;

  • Medical Imaging Technologies
  • Anatomical Modelling and Physiological Replication
  • Data Analytics and Visualisation
  • Design Engineering and Verification
  • Medicinal Nutrition and Sport

If you have an idea for a new product or service, and need support to develop it, the team at the Medical and Engineering Technology Gateway, Galway are here to advise and support you in developing your idea.

This FREE one-to-one Innovation Voucher online consultation will take you through the process from start to finish. We are part of a nationwide network of Gateways, each with their own set of expertise and we can help you find the right partner to support your needs.

Date: Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th March

Duration: 60 mins

Time: 10am – 3pm

Book your session here


Technology Insights – Essential technical tools to enable a successful bioeconomy

‘Technology Insights’ brings together a range of relevant and exciting industry topics highlighting current, new and emerging technologies in sectors such as MedTech, Software, Biotechnology, Food and Manufacturing. The series aims to provide Irish industry with a platform for interesting and engaging discussion on a wide range of current and future technologies, presented by industry experts within the Technology Gateway Network. 

The third webinar in the series takes place on Thursday 25th March 2021. Presented by Dr Tim Yeomans, Technology Gateway Manager at Shannon ABC, the webinar will explore essential technical tools to enable a successful bioeconomy.   

The bioeconomy describes the sustainable production and use of renewable biological resources from land and sea, like crops, forests, fish, animals and micro-organisms; to produce food, materials and energy. To do this successfully, technical and scientific tools are essential in terms of defining what is in the resource, what its function is and the commercial process to achieve this. This webinar will outline a range of technologies that can contribute to these goals 

Dr Tim Yeomans 

Dr Tim Yeomans received his Degree in Industrial Biology from the Institute of Technology Carlow and subsequently completed his PhD in Microbiology at University College Cork. Tim has previously held the position of Postdoctoral Fellow in the National Centre for Medical Genetics, Crumlin and the Dublin Dental School and Hospital. He has held various industrial based roles and more recently provided technical and commercial input as Laboratory and Research Manager for a contract research and development company. Tim currently holds the position of Centre Manager with Shannon ABC. Within this role he is responsible for on-going engagement with industry, scientific direction of the Centre as well as commercialisation of research. 

Shannon ABC Technology Gateway 

Shannon ABC  Technology Gateway is based on the MTU Kerry and Limerick IT campuses. The Gateway delivers solutions to the challenges faced by industries by developing new processes and products from bio-resources. These solutions are delivered to the biotech, food and life science industries. Shannon ABC develops state-of-the-art processes, using ingredients and biological products from natural resources. The results of these processes include drug development, and value-added food, flavour and medicinal products. 

Event details 

Date: Thursday 25th March 2021 

Time: 11.00am – 11.45am 

For further details and registration please see here 


Enterprise Ireland announce 2021 Capital Equipment Call for Technology Gateway & Technology Centre programmes

Enterprise Ireland are pleased to announce a call for applications from members of the Technology Gateway and Technology Centre programmes for a new Capital Equipment Fund. Applications should be send to GA-CapitalCall2021@enterprise-ireland.com to arrive by 12pm (noon) on Wednesday the 14th of April 2021.

The purpose of the funding is to increase interaction of the Technology Gateways and Technology Centres with industry in Ireland.

Therefore, the intended outcomes should include, but not be limited to:

  • More companies engaging in R&D
  • Pilot manufacturing capability for new product / process development
  • Enhanced technology validation and testing capabilities
  • Test bed generation
  • Enhanced training potential for key industry staff on emerging technologies

Each eligible Technology Gateway or Technology Centre will be limited to a maximum of 3 applications.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The call is restricted to members of the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway and Technology Centre programmes.
  • The successful proposal must possess a strong track record of industry engagement and demonstrate a significant industrial need for the new equipment.
  • The host institute must provide space for the equipment and confirm that it will insure, service and maintain the equipment according to international standards.
  • Individual applications will be restricted to sums greater than €25,000 and less than €250,000 (more costly items may be considered on an exceptional basis).

Closing Date for Applications

The closing date for applications is 12pm (noon) on Wednesday the 14th of April 2021.

One signed electronic copy to be sent to GA-CapitalCall2021@enterprise-ireland.com to arrive before the closing date. A signed hard copy original should follow immediately addressed to Capital Call 2021, Grants Administration, Enterprise Ireland, Eastpoint Business Park, Dublin 3, D03 E5R6.

All queries should be directed to mark.whelan@enterprise-ireland.com.


Opportunity in Times of Challenge: Adopting Innovation – a WiSAR Gateway Webinar

Join WiSAR Technology Gateway on Friday March 5th, 2021, to explore access to research expertise and funding in response to times of challenge. Explore how to embrace opportunities for technological change, research, and innovation, in response to an increasingly challenging business environment. Discover how businesses can access research expertise through the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network, across all sectors, and the funding and support mechanisms available. 

The event will be hosted by John Andy Bonar, VP for Research, Equality and External Affairs at LYIT. 

The Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network offers three industry focused research & development clusters specialising in the areas of Internet of Things (Applied IoT), engineering, materials & design (EMD Ireland) and food & beverage technologies (Irish Food Tech). Accessible through a single point of contact, the clusters employ in excess of 300 research and engineering professionals and to date have successfully delivered over 4000 innovation projects with 2500 Irish companies. Dedicated Technology Gateway managers are available within each cluster to assist with all aspects of your next R&D or innovation project including the development of a tailored project plan, advice on the various direct and Enterprise Ireland funding mechanisms available and delivery of the completed project on time and in budget. 

Hear from Sharon White (EMD Ireland), Stephen Seawright (Applied IoT), and Tim Yeomans (Irish Food Tech) as they explore various funding supports and the adoption of research and innovation, across all sectors, in response to an increasingly challenging business environment. 


Stephen Seawright- Technology Gateway Manager, WiSAR, LYIT 

Dr Stephen Seawright has a distinguished track record in business development holding senior roles across several multinational businesses throughout his career. Stephen is Technology Gateway Manager at the WiSAR Lab at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, providing solutions to Irish industry for the Internet of Things (IoT) using expertise in wireless, embedded systems, and power electronics.Stephen engages with idea owners across many sectors to apply hardware and software skills to advanced working prototypes. 

Sharon White- Technology Gateway Manager, MET, GMIT 

Sharon graduated from Dublin City University in 2004 with an honours degree in Medical Mechanical Engineering. In 2005 she took up a position at Cook Medical, where she worked in the Regulatory Affairs department for 2 years before moving to the Research and Development department as an R&D Engineer. For the ensuing 11 years, Sharon worked in the design and development of medical devices for use in endoscopy and has seen several devices to launch. Sharon has been also been awarded two patents. Sharon is currently Gateway Manager at the Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Centre, an interdisciplinary technology centre providing world class solutions for the Medtech and general manufacturing sectors. 

Tim Yeomans- Technology Gateway Manager, Shannon ABC, MTU – Kerry and LIT 

Dr Tim Yeomans received his Degree in Industrial Biology from the Institute of Technology Carlow and subsequently completed his PhD in Microbiology at University College Cork. Tim has previously held the position of Postdoctoral Fellow in the National Centre for Medical Genetics, Crumlin and the Dublin Dental School and Hospital. He has held various industrial based roles and more recently provided technical and commercial input as Laboratory and Research Manager for a contract research and development company. Tim has held the role of Centre Manager of Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre for 10 years and is responsible for on-going engagement with industry, scientific direction of the Centre as well as commercialisation of research. 

WiSAR Technology Gateway 

The WiSAR Gateway, based in Letterkenny Institute of Technology, provides solutions to Irish industry for the Internet of Things (IoT) using expertise in wireless, embedded systems and power electronics. 

The WiSAR Gateway uses expertise in wireless, embedded systems and power electronics to provide solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). The primary goal of this Gateway is to achieve ultra-low power consumption in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN). Expertise is provided to Irish industry across many sectors, including sports and tourism, marine, and renewable energies, relating to wearable technology, remote monitoring, power electronics and communications. 

The facilities at WiSAR allow for a very high standard of research and development to be carried out on collaborative projects with industry. WiSAR’s collaborative services provide companies with a flexible and expert R&D resource, allowing them to examine the potential for wireless technology within their businesses without demanding a large initial investment from their own resources. WiSAR’s competencies allow clients to develop and build prototypes, undergo feasibility studies and perform proof of concept exercises. 

Further event details and registration are available here. 


‘Utilising Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality for your Business’ – a COMAND Gateway Webinar

COMAND Technology Gateway based in Athlone Institute of Technology invites you to a free webinar titled ‘Utilising Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality for your Business’.

Presented by Dr. Niall Murray AIT & founder of tIIMEx (truly Immersive and Interactive Multimedia Experiences), ‘Utilising Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality for your Business’ aims to investigate how AR/VR can be utilised for Business & Industrial needs as well as provide industry with a discussion platform to discover how to implement innovation, grow their business and avail of funding and supports.


Dr. Niall Murray B.E. (Hons), MEng, PhD.

Dr. Niall Murry is a lecturer in the Dept. of Electronics and Informatics, School of Engineering, Athlone Institute of Technology. He is Founder and Principal Investigator of Truly Immersive and Interactive Multimedia Experiences (TIIMEx), Dept. of Electronics and Informatics / Software Research Institute, at Athlone Institute of Technology. Dr. Murry is also a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Funded Investigator for Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing as well as Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Funded Investigator for Adapt: the Global Centre of Excellence for Digital Content and Media Innovation.

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COMAND Technology Gateway based at AIT works with a range of SME’s & Multinationals across various industries in the IT, Software and Connected Media Fields. COMAND concentrates on the research and development of prospective interactive media technologies focusing on Augmenting User Interactions, End-to-end Applications and Intelligent Infrastructure. Through its experienced engineers, the centre provides extensive research outputs, troubleshooting, conducts research on the design, development and Quality of Experience (QoE) evaluation of Immersive and Interactive multimedia experiences. COMAND currently focus on multi-sensory media (olfaction, haptic etc.), augmented and virtual reality as well as wearable sensor systems. COMAND delivers ready to launch market product solutions as well as focused research on multimedia solutions within the following domains:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Tourism
  • Entertainment
  • Gamification
  • Quality of Experience
  • Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and wearable sensor systems in Smart Manufacturing – Industry 4.0

COMAND has extensive experience & in delivering both Research & Applied Research projects funded by Enterprise Ireland through their various Partnership grant schemes with Industry or direct funded project from Industrial or Business owners from start-up, SME’s through to Multi Nationals.

Who should attend?

This webinar is open to all interested industrial groups, business’s, support organisations in health & education in developing AR/VR & Connected Media Solutions in IT and those needing guidance on obtaining support through Funding and Partnerships, from Start Up’s, SMES’s, Large Industry Groups to Multinationals.

Event details

Date: Thursday 25th February 2021

Time: 11.00am – 12.00

For registration please see here


“Digitise or Die” – The Beyond IoT Podcast

Beyond IoT is back for its fourth consecutive year in January 2021. Like most conferences it has had to adapt to the constraints of a global pandemic and has decided to go virtual. Whilst the virtual experience is in itself exciting the biggest change to the Beyond IoT brand is the introduction of it’s very first podcast series.

Beyond IoT 4.0 is extending its offering to a limited podcast series that will launch two podcast episodes a week, in January, on the run up to the virtual conference on the 25th.

What began as a desire to offer more than just a conference, quickly evolved into a platform to showcase, in particular, start-ups and entrepreneurs working in the Tech for Good space. Each episode offers insights from exceptional women and men who saw a problem or identified a need in society that could be solved with a digital, tech innovation. This not only highlights the importance of Technology Research but also the necessity for mentor programmes such as “New Frontiers” National Programme for Developing Entrepreneurs and UCC’s “Ignite”. Not to mention the long list of funding grants from Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland. to name but a few.

The podcast is hosted by Nimbus Research Centre’s marketing team Laura Blake and Emily Stickland, who, have only recently learnt to immerse themselves in the tech world. Having Laura and Emily navigate the digital revolution with their guests creates an atmosphere on the show of organic, honest, and for the most part hilarious conversation where guests and hosts alike learn from each other and at times surprise themselves on what they discover.

“The name ‘Digitise or Die’, stems from a Forbes quote stating that in 2021 40% of businesses that don’t adapt their offering online or transform their business practices digital, will fail”, says Emily. “It’s a provocative title aimed to evoke a sense of urgency for rapid transformation”.

Having the guests be primarily female was by accident rather than design however it does highlight, the real, growing female presence in the tech world as well as the entrepreneurial one. Laura adds “The Revolution of Females in Tech is so inspiring and when recording the podcasts we see the same themes come from each conversation, that women tend to be drawn to pragmatic problem solving of emotional based, social issues.”

That’s not to say the male guests haven’t been equally inspiring. The ‘Digitise or Die’ podcasts illustrate to anyone out there who has a business idea, to quite simply, take that idea seriously. Each guest identifies all the help that is out there and readily available but most importantly discusses the real challenges with running a start-up and the opportunities out there to overcome them.

In terms of Digitisation, technology is not something that is here to replace humans, it is a tool for society and industry to utilise to enhance and transform day to day life. The podcast guests have each done this and have proved that digitalisation is the future and absolutely anyone is capable of it.

The podcast will start being aired on the 4th of January 2021. For more information on the podcasts go to: https://beyondiot.ie/ or check out the Beyond IoT social platforms on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.


State-of-the-Art Mixed Reality Innovation Lab now available to companies in the South East

Companies and individuals who need to run simulations or test prototypes now have access to a state-of-the-art, €160,000  mixed reality testbed lab and research team at Waterford Institute of Technology’s West Campus.

Available for free to qualifying projects through the Technology Gateway, the lab is now open and accessible for companies and access to the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) campus will be in line with COVID-19 regulations.

The new facility allows clients see how mixed reality can transform education, training and awareness and monitor movement, immersion and interaction through a variety of technologies, including wireless headsets, a VR treadmill, 360-degree video capture, live performance and acoustic capture, physiological sensing and eye tracking equipment and so much more.

Funding for the landmark testbed facility was secured through the Enterprise Ireland Institutes of Technology Capital Call 2019 and although remote working has limited access to the equipment for the Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (ARVR) team, Frances Cleary, Research Unit Manager in TSSG, said it’s now open and available for use:

“Mixed reality innovations need to be experienced by clients and interested stakeholders in order to fully understand and appreciate the potential it can bring to a company. The mixed reality innovation lab allows organisations to immerse themselves in virtual or augmented experiences providing the opportunity to develop an impactful research and development strategy for a particular product or service. This helps a company plan for a market impact at an earlier date, therefore increasing their chances of success of getting to the market in order to generate revenue.”

The team can be contacted on techgateway@tssg.org for more information and an appointment.

The Mixed Reality Innovation Lab at TSSG has a dedicated space located in Arclabs Research and Innovation Centre and also includes a portable element that can be brought to a client’s premises.

Kevin Doolin, Director of Innovation at TSSG said: “TSSG have been working in the Mixed Reality sector for a number of years and this lab allows the team to advance their research capabilities to showcase and enhance our developed applications and to support the visualisation and demonstration aspects of this technology to our industry partners in multiple sectors such as Health, Education and Pharma.”

Speaking about the importance of mixed reality technologies in industry, Miguel Ponce de Leon, TSSG Technology Gateway Manager said: “The applications of mixed reality technologies are endless. The nature of mixed reality lends itself well to a whole host of experiences as it offers a combination of movement, immersion and interaction. The experience and capabilities that it provides has many applications outside of its presumed entertainment value.

“We have seen an increase in mixed reality solutions being applied to industry since people are working remotely and the demand for online shopping has increased. Companies are using AR to allow their customers visualise a product in their home and others have applied VR to remote training programmes. We are very excited to see what the future holds for the mixed reality sector” he continued.

The Mixed Reality Innovation Lab provides four key components to industry:

  • A dedicated multi-user Mixed reality (MR) environment utilising the latest in wireless transmitted desktop grade and all in one VR experiences, enterprise grade AR as well offering consumer level alternatives featuring depth and Lidar technologies. Local and remote GPU processing for digital photogrammetry, digital twin and high intensity AR/VR applications.
  • A dedicated multi-user Augmented Reality (AR) environment with high-fidelity, full environment scanning (360-degree video capture, live performance capture, and acoustic capture), and visualisation capabilities.
  • Human-centric monitoring to study the impact of AR and VR environments on an individual. This includes a high-precision EEG headset, haptic devices for physiological sensing and eye tracking equipment.
  • Portable and mobile equipment that can extend the AR and VR environments beyond their dedicated lab spaces and push the current boundaries into multi-room and very large spaces, and outdoor spaces using a mix of traditional sensors, body sensors, visual odometry, drone-based 3D scanning and kinematic tracking.

Further information on TSSG available here

This article was first published on the TSSG website

Image: Ian Mills, Tech Lead, TSSG ARVR team


WiSAR to Showcase Marine Economy Innovations at the International Business2Sea 2020

Partners in the Interreg funded SAFER project, The WiSAR Lab, at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, will showcase three pilot initiatives related to the marine economy at the 10th annual Business2Sea. The highly anticipated international event will take place virtually, from the 16th to the 20th of November 2020.

SAFER, or Smart Atlantic Seafood Clusters, is a transnational innovation project co-funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme 2014-2020, which aims to improve the innovation performance of the seafood industry by increasing technology adoption and transnational cooperation.

As part of the Business2Sea programme, a SAFER workshop will take place on Wednesday 18th November at 10.30 GMT (11.30 CET). The workshop, Demonstration of Innovative Technologies to the Seafood Industry under the Atlantic Area Project SAFER, will showcase the pilots implemented during the SAFER project, including three pilots built and engineered by the team at the WiSAR Lab.

The primary aim of the distinguished Business2Sea event is to foster relations and collaboration between international stakeholders who are piloting initiatives in different areas related to the economy of the sea.

Business2Sea is co-organised by SAFER project partner Fórum Oceano, Associação da Economia do Mar, which is responsible for fostering the Portuguese Maritime Cluster, and Centro Tecnológico del Mar, Fundación CETMAR, based in Spain. The event will explore how international alliances and knowledge transfers have led to innovations in the marine and maritime economy.

SAFER project partner Dr Nick Timmons, of the WiSAR Lab, acknowledged that this year’s Business2Sea event is more important than ever in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. “The maritime industry is facing a time of unprecedented challenge, arising from the Covid-19 crisis and therefore there has never been a more important time for regions in Europe to pioneer and share ideas and learnings in maritime industry innovations. We are delighted to be taking part in the 10th annual Business2Sea event and looking forward to showcasing our pilots to an international audience.” For more information or to register for Business2Sea visit here.

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CIT Research Team win SFI Research Image of the Year 2020

Cork Institute of Technology is delighted to announce it has won the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Image of the year award for 2020. The winners of the prestigious Science Foundation Ireland Awards were revealed today at the annual SFI Science Summit. The research image competition celebrates images captured by Science Foundation Ireland funded researchers during the course of their research. The winning image was titled “Talking Heads” and was taken as part of the SFI funded project titled MASK which focuses on Making Aerosol Safety Known. CAPPA Researchers Dr Krishnakumar Chullipalliyalil and Dr Steven Darby along with Danielle Wilcox from Blackrock Castle Observatory took this image during their work on the Making Aerosol Safety Known Project.

The image above shows a red laser sheet illuminates the particles emitted from a medical dummy head. The red sheet is aimed at the dummy’s nose. We can clearly see the difference between a mask and no mask.

CIT received funding from SFI for research into barrier masks to tackle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of the project is to quantitatively determine how well commonly available face – mask materials supress the transmission of exhaled droplets. Given that the reproduction rate of COVID-19 is linearly related to both the efficacy of a mask and the percentage of a population wearing masks, a small change in either makes a large change in disease transmission rates. It is therefore critical that large-scale mask usage, will involve optimally suppressive materials that are comfortable to wear for extended periods, can be produced in large quantities and are re-usable and inexpensive. Importantly such masks will not negatively affect medical supplies.

The project will use imaging techniques to directly measure the range of droplet sizes that penetrate the materials under examination. This direct imaging approach improves upon many other studies and is capable of single – droplet detection and sizing from at least the five-micron threshold level and with no physiologically significant upper threshold. The project approach will measure the brightness of each droplet exhaled by participants through face masks composed of different materials as they pass through a light curtain generated by a laser. Using high-speed photon-counting imagers and a photometry reduction pipeline, previously developed for an astrophysics context, the team will be able to deal with overlapping and non-spherical point sources and extend the dynamic range of brightness’s which can be analysed. By repeating the experiment for different materials, we will rapidly obtain an accurate estimate of the differential absorption of these materials as a function of droplet volume.

This research involves a multidisciplinary approach and brings together researchers from a variety of research departments in Cork Institute of Technology including the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis (CAPPA), Blackrock Castle Observatory (BCO), BioExplore Research Centre and the MeSSO research group.

You can learn more about the research CAPPA has conducted around COVID – 19 here or you can contact CAPPA directly here for more information.

This article was first posted on the CAPPA website.


Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways announce new webinar series

Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways are delighted to announce a new webinar series. ‘Technology Insights’ brings together a range of relevant and exciting industry topics highlighting current, new and emerging technologies in sectors such as MedTech, Software, Biotechnology, Food and Manufacturing. The series aims to provide Irish industry with a platform for interesting and engaging discussion on a wide range of current and future technologies, presented by industry experts within the Technology Gateway Network.

Pushing the boundaries of in-vitro testing
The series commences on 12th November 2020 and explores the current capabilities in Medical Imaging, Anatomical Modelling and Physiological Replication. Titled ‘Pushing the boundaries of in-vitro testing’, Sharon White, Technology Gateway Manager at MET, GMIT will discuss how existing and new technologies can be used individually or together to produce an accurate, clinically-relevant, simulated use environment.

Sharon has significant and diverse experience in the medical device industry and brings extensive knowledge of the medical device development process to the centre. Her 13 years of industry experience includes Regulatory Affairs and Research and Development, and she has seen several devices to launch. She has an in-depth understanding of design controls and risk management and has been involved in all aspects of the development process from concept development right through to design verification and validation and product launch.

MET Technology Gateway
Based at GMIT’s Galway campus, the Medical and Engineering Technologies Gateway (MET) offers a range of applied technologies relevant to companies in the product engineering and design application phase. These technologies include Medical imaging technologies that allow for companies’ prototypes to be tested under simulated conditions and anatomical modelling and physiological replication technologies, which includes the translation of medical data (MRI’s, ultrasounds, etc.) into engineering data and then into clinically endorsed anatomical models with accompanying simulation system. The Gateway personnel offers a unique conduit between medical product engineering and an in-depth knowledge of internal anatomy.

Who should attend
This webinar is ideal for companies, who may wish to find out more about in-vitro testing, and what can be achieved through bench-top device evaluation and testing.

Event details
Date: Thursday 12th November 2020
Time: 11.00 – 11.45am
For further details and registration please see here

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