SEAM to lead disruptive project on 3D printing of biomedical implants

The SEAM Gateway is leading a Disruptive Technology Innovation-funded project called E-BAMBI, which will research the 3D printing of biomedical implants.

The SEAM Gateway led a consortium comprising two SMEs – Schivo Medical and  Graph Engineering – multinational company, Stryker Ireland, and its sister Technology Gateway, CREST, to receive over € 1.9 million in funding for its project E-Bambi (Enhanced Biocompatibility of Additively Manufactured Biomedical implants for Improved clinical outcomes) from the Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund (DTIF) administered by Project Ireland 2040.

SEAM, based in Waterford Institute of Technology, is an industry focused applied research centre, providing materials engineering solutions to companies from wide-ranging sectors such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals, microelectronics, precision engineering and energy. SEAM supports research activities for industries throughout Ireland.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadker TD, and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphries, announced the details of the 27 projects funded under the DTIF on 10th December 2018. There were over 300 applications submitted for this call, making the process highly competitive.

This work has major implications for the medical device industry and ultimately for improving patient care with the proposed implants coated for drug elution, reducing the risk of infection for patients receiving the implants.

The Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, said:

“With the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund, the Irish Government is supporting exactly the kind of fund that Ireland needs right now as we embrace the opportunities and challenges that disruptive technologies innovation bring to our workplaces and homes. These projects represent exciting collaborations happening between Ireland’s cutting-edge research base and our vibrant, dynamic enterprise and start-up community, reflecting the excellent skills we have here. I am delighted to support projects that will help to position Ireland as a Global Innovation Leader and lead the way in driving disruptive technologies innovation.”

Dr Ramesh Raghavendra, Director of SEAM and lead partner of the DTIF E-BAMBI project said:

“We are thrilled to be funded under the highly competitive DTIF call – the E-BAMBI consortium has the capacity to disruptively innovate the medical device market. Our project has wide-reaching impact for patient care and critically, for the commercialisation of the technology we will create for global impact. Furthermore, this E-BAMBI project would meet the growing need for engineering and scientific competence for building an additive ecosystem in Ireland.”

COMAND researchers developing cyber security solutions to enhance threat awareness

Cybersecurity attacks present one of the biggest threats to society today. Governments and industry alike exert great effort to frustrate these attacks them, frequently at an international level.

Researchers at the COMAND Technology Gateway – Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) – have been working on Protective (Proactive Risk Management through Improved Cyber Situational Awareness), a European Union Horizon 2020 collaborative project that aims to combat the growth of cybercrime. The project began in September 2016 and runs until August 2019.

The main objective of the project is to improve the awareness of the risk posed by cybersecurity attacks by creating a system for data and security information collection and processing, as well as by sharing information between security teams in different organisations. In addition to coordinating the project consortium, Athlone Institute of Technology is developing tools to link an organisation’s business goals to its computing infrastructure to enable the security teams to quickly focus on the most significant cyber threats.

The project, now its final year, will pilot Protective next year with several European National Research and Education Networks as well as several Managed Security Service providers in Ireland and the UK. Sharing of Information on attacks with other network monitoring organisations will enable enhanced threat awareness and decision-making capabilities.

Cyber security and threat awareness

One of the larger projects that the COMAND Technology Gateway had direct input in proposing solutions for during 2018 was surrounding cyber-security. The aim of the project was to provide security teams with a greater cyber defence capability through improved cyber situational awareness (CSA). This would simultaneously raise their level of awareness of the risk to their business posed by cyber-attacks and enhance their capacity to respond to threats. The project approaches this task from a number of different angles.

We plan to develop a ‘Knowledge Exchange’ to facilitate the sharing of threat intelligence (TI) and will apply this to the client domain to significantly improve the degree of TI sharing. We develop novel approaches to assessing data quality trust in order to improve acceptance and usage of TI. Sharing of knowledge about security threats among peers greatly increase the security teams’ chances of preventing cyber-attacks.

We also will develop tools to allow both internal and external to model their mission and constituency (i.e. assets) and to link these together to indicate the criticality of assets to the organisation. The rankings and statistics produced will allow the security team to ascertain whether their most critical data and assets are under threat.

In order to communicate this information in various levels of detail to the security team member, we apply several novel techniques to the development of security alert prioritisation. The prioritisation framework algorithms will use several different alert attributes, including context awareness, to determine the ranking of the alerts.

The final product will be an easily deployable and secure threat monitoring and modelling system that is easy for the clients to understand. The client will also have the option to share their gathered security alert data with other peers and also benefit from the data collected from other peers. This sharing will improve the effectiveness of the system over time.

Beyond IoT 2 in Cork – January 2019

How to harness the next wave of digital technology and investment

On 21st January 2019, Cork Institute of Technology’s Nimbus Research Centre, sponsored by SteriTrack (MatrixIT), will host Beyond IoT 2. The event will once again take place in the state-of-the-art conference centre in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork.

Bringing Silicon Valley to Ireland, this event offers a unique opportunity for multi-nationals, SMEs, start-ups, entrepreneurs, and academics to hear what international, battle-tested entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, and dedicated researchers expect from the next wave of technology innovation and investment, and to learn how their organisations can benefit.

The sold-out inaugural event in January 2018 was hailed as a tremendous success. Nimbus aims to capitalise on this success and deliver an even bigger and better event in 2019, starting with an impressive line-up of speakers from across the Atlantic and Europe. Attendees will include researchers, investors, entrepreneurs, academics, start-ups, business owners and top executives from large multinationals.

Speaker line-up

The line-up for 2019 has been expanded to bring technology gurus from Silicon Valley and other global players to Cork. It includes Vitaly Golomb, who addressed Beyond IoT 2018, and high-profile speakers from Silicon Valley such as John Biggs (TechCrunch), Dave Troy (the man who saved Twitter!), Jon Soberg (Expansive Ventures), Stuart Hillston (ConCap), and Helen McBreen (Atlantic Bridge).

The topics will cover:

  • Internet of Things
  • Blockchain
  • Space
  • Security
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Augmented/Virtual Reality
  • Funding
  • Business Expansion

Clinics will provide a unique opportunity to get expert advice from field experts in technology, investment, funding avenues, entrepreneurship and academic research. These sessions will provide invaluable advice and guidance on how attendees can facilitate investment, drive technology innovation, create collaborations, and foster new commercial relationships.

Feedback from the 2018 event

Kieran Gleeson, CEO and Founder of Freight Station said:

“Freight Station attended the Beyond IoT event at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in January 2018. We were delighted to hear about the technological advances that are being made right now, providing start-up companies with new opportunities in new spaces. The speakers were fascinating and their insights were extremely valuable to our own technology roadmap. We can’t wait to attend again in 2019.”

The event is approved by Engineers Ireland providing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in areas relevant to the professional development of engineers.

About the nimbus Gateway

CIT’s Nimbus Research Centre is Ireland’s largest IoT centre and has a permanent workforce of 90 people. Nimbus delivers over 60 IoT projects per annum for Irish industry and passionately believes that it is essential to deliver the best, and latest, thinking to its project partners in industry, academia and funding agencies.

The latest Gartner industry report indicates that 8.4 billion connected things are in use worldwide, up 31% from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. With total spending on endpoints and services surpassing almost $2 trillion, this is an essential event for all who want to understand where this new wave of technology and investment is heading and how it can be best embraced and exploited.

Start-up companies are encouraged to attend with a full discount. The event proved to be extremely beneficial for networking and forming collaborations, particularly in industry research where SMEs can access funding through Technology Gateways.

P.S. Don’t forget to follow Beyond IoT 2 on Twitter!

 

 

MET Technology Gateway wins Best Innovation/R&D Award

The MET Gateway is a winner at the Galway Chamber Business Awards 2018!

The annual Galway Chamber Business Awards 2018 took place on 1st December in the Galway Bay Hotel. The awards are a celebration of the success of the Galway business community and were attended by a wide selection of Galway’s business and industry leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.

On the night, GMIT’s Enterprise Ireland MET Technology Gateway received the Galway Chamber of Commerce award for Best Innovation/R&D. This award was in recognition of MET’s innovative technologies and the supports it provides to MedTech companies for the design and assessment of their products.

The Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Centre is an Enterprise Ireland-funded Technology Gateway providing world-class solutions for the MedTech and general manufacturing sectors. Based at GMIT’s Galway campus, the centre develops novel technologies relevant to both clinical research and MedTech companies operating in the design application phase.

By actively engaging with clinical and industry partners, the MET Centre produces both scientific knowledge and technology outputs across a range of streams.

Congratulations to the team!

Find out more about MET Technology Gateway or follow them on Twitter.

Life Sciences meets Augmented and Virtual Reality

The TSSG team was delighted to participate in the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) event hosted by Sanofi in Waterford. Our team of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality) VR experts was met with great enthusiasm by Sanofi staff and event attendees and it is clear that there is a strong appetite for adopting this technology within the life sciences industry.

Stephen Barnes and Ryan McCloskey from the TSSG Gateway were on hand to guide the demonstrations and give people the opportunity to experience AR and VR, many for the first time. This type of interaction and engagement between TSSG R&D specialists and industry-based professionals is key to the creation of valuable solutions to real challenges faced by organisations.

Frances Cleary (Research Manager, TSSG) provided thought-provoking insights into various applications and use cases for AR and VR technology; training scenarios proved quite popular which is aligned closely to TSSG’s current research and development focus.

experiencing AR and VR with the TSSG Gateway experiencing AR and VR with the TSSG Gateway

“Augmented reality and virtual reality technologies are not only reserved for gamers, they bring considerable potential across a variety of industries (pharma, construction, health, etc.). Across the Big Pharma sector they offer new virtual solutions, enriching the educational and learning experiences of the users and providing organisations with the ability to reduce costs for various processes. The VR/AR trend across these sectors has started.”

– Frances Cleary

But why stop there? To find out how AR and VR can transform your industry and how your company can reap the benefits, please contact Frances Cleary at fcleary @ tssg.org

TSSG thanks Sanofi and the PDA for their warm welcome!

Denise Manton (Technology Gateway Manager)

Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) event hosted by Sanofi in Waterford

Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) event hosted by Sanofi in Waterford

Innovation in Food networking event in Cork

The Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network, in conjunction with the Food Division, hosted a Food Industry Networking Morning in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork on the 15th November 2018. The theme of the event was Innovation in the Food Sector and it was attended by over 100 people from the Food and Beverage industry throughout Ireland.

The event was formally opened by Orla Battersby, Manager of the Food Division in Enterprise Ireland. Attendees then had the opportunity to listen to relevant food industry presentations and case studies from Irish Company representatives such as Fiona Madigan, Director of Garrett’s Butchers, Noel Reilly, QA Manager at Lakeland Dairies Co-Op, and Henry Lyons, Scientific Director of Nutramara. As well as an informative update from the Enterprise Ireland Brexit team on the challenges, impacts and assistance available for companies within the sector.

The keynote address was given by Owen Brennan, CEO of Devenish Nutrition. Owen is Executive Chairman of Devenish Group and has served as President of the Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association. He was also previously Chairman of the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) and served on the Agri-Food Strategy Board in Northern Ireland. Owen graduated from UCD in 1982 with a degree in Agriculture, and in 1992 with an MBA from the Smurfit Business School. In 1997, he led the team which acquired Devenish Feeds, now Devenish Nutrition. He gave a relevant and interesting keynote speech on the current challenges within the sector and how Devenish Nutrition meets those challenges through the continued use of innovative solutions.

The event closed with a special Technology Gateway expo featuring Gateways involved in the newest Technology Gateway Cluster, Irish Food Tech. This consortium of seven Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways operates within the food and beverage technology sector. Providing a range of expertise for companies looking to access research and development within these areas and connecting industry with researchers in areas that include bioprocessing, food for health, and process control and packaging, to name a few.

The expo provided the attendees with the opportunity to discuss outsourcing their R&D projects with the Gateway Managers and their research teams, as well as learning about the various funding mechanisms available from Enterprise Ireland.

Food Industry Networking Morning in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork on the 15th November 2018

Owen Brennan, CEO of Devenish Nutrition

Meet the Team… Tom Fitzmaurice

In our ‘Meet the Team’ series, we bring you a range of interviews from across the Technology Gateway Network. First up is Tom Fitzmaurice, Business Development Manager for Applied IoT, one of three Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway clusters.

Based in Dublin, Tom is part of the wider Technology Gateway team responsible for business development and awareness of the network.

  1. Tell us a bit about the Applied IoT cluster

The Applied IoT cluster comprises five of the 15 Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways that are located at the Institutes of Technology across Ireland, plus a support office situated in the heart of Dublin. Consisting of full-time researchers and engineers, we provide R&D resources to companies looking to explore new opportunities by applying Internet of Things technologies to innovative and existing products/processes across their organisation.

  1. Describe your role?

As Business Development Manager, I meet with companies of all sizes, it does not matter whether it is a start-up, SME or multinational we will sit down and flesh out any issues they might be having with existing processes or discuss ideas for new and innovative products or services that might benefit the company and contribute to its future growth.

Another key element is to talk through and outline the various funding options that are available for these types of R&D projects. Following on from our initial meeting/discussions, I will then introduce the company to the Technology Gateway(s) that will be most suitable for their requirements.

  1. What’s unique about the cluster?

What makes the cluster unique is that it combines the resources of five regionally dispersed Technology Gateways to supply resources and expertise in all areas of IoT, from sensor, battery and antenna development right through to networks, data handling, analytics and software development that may be required to bring a company’s new idea from concept to a near market solution.

  1. How can companies get involved?

Getting involved with the cluster is easy, all they have to do is get in touch with me via email – tfitzmaurice @ technologygateway .ie or pick up the phone and call me on 01 708 2955.

  1. What are the main benefits for a company collaborating with the cluster?

Certainly, the greatest benefit from collaborating with the Applied IoT cluster is the availability of up to 300 full-time engineers and researchers with a vast array of skills, equipment and experience in the various aspects and application of IoT technologies. In addition, the comfort of knowing a company can collaborate through a variety of funding mechanisms including directly funding the project themselves or availing of assistance in applying for the most suitable, Enterprise Ireland funding option available to them.

  1. How can you help a company prepare for an innovation project?

When a company comes to me with an idea or project, I sit down and discuss their idea in detail, outline the various funding mechanisms available to them and align them with the most appropriate Technology Gateway. Once the Gateway team is involved, they will assist with any necessary applications as well as defining the project scope in line with the client’s requirements.

  1. What’s the one piece of advice you would give to a company considering an innovation project?

Don’t dwell on it! If you have an idea, don’t put it on a shelf until you think you will have sufficient time/resources to investigate it further yourself. Act now and involve support networks such as the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways who will be more than happy to provide you with the resources and assistance you need to start taking your innovation project from an idea to reality.

  1. What do you love most about your job?

The challenge, the variety and the reward. I love meeting new people from a broad spectrum of Irish businesses – engineering, finance, health, agriculture, security and construction to name a few, and talking through with them their new ideas for innovative and potentially disruptive products and services. Knowing I have the extensive resources of the Applied IoT cluster behind me to help so many companies bring their ideas to fruition is great and I find it very rewarding to be part of a team that helps create new jobs and increase revenues at Irish companies around the country.

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Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers

Are you an Irish SME looking for help with research and innovation? Have you a product or service that requires expertise currently outside of your existing R&D capacity? The Technology Gateway Network, in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers, can help!

Who we are

There are 15 Technology Gateways in the network, situated within 11 Institutes of Technology around Ireland. We focus on key technology areas which are aligned to industry needs in areas such as polymers, photonics, mobile, coatings, industrial design, mechatronics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, wireless technologies and precision engineering. Each centre works in conjunction with industry to aid the research and development of innovative products and services through a dedicated team of specialised engineers.

Technology Gateway Clusters

To boost the power and knowledge of the Gateways, three unique gateway clusters have been developed to enhance the delivery of research and innovation for Irish SMEs. These clusters are in the areas of Applied Internet of Things (A-IoT), Engineering, Materials and Design (EMD Ireland), and Food and Beverages. Each cluster consists of relevant specialised gateways and a dedicated support office, which can assist you with any questions you may have about the Technology Gateway Network or the upcoming Innovation Voucher call.

What is an Innovation Voucher call?

The Innovation Voucher scheme is run by Enterprise Ireland and opens approximately three/four times a year. Small and medium-sized companies can apply for a €5,000 voucher for the purpose of gaining academic support in research or innovation from a listed knowledge provider. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of issue and can be used throughout the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway network. However, you must apply for a voucher during one of the open calls. For more information about the vouchers, you can see the FAQs on the Enterprise Ireland site, or contact either the A-IoT or EMD Ireland support offices.

How can the Gateways and an Innovation Voucher help your company?

We strive to have a close connection with industry and this shows in our results. Since 2013, we have provided support to over 500 Innovation Voucher projects throughout the network. Last year alone we supported over 210 projects. We view each project as unique and as a result the assistance we provide is tailored to its specific needs. Our 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. We can even help with the voucher application process itself.

But don’t just take our word for it! Irish companies such as Incereb, Bustard Heating and Kilkenny Cooling Systems have all collaborated with various gateways through the Innovation Vouchers scheme and experienced the benefits of the network.

Case studies

Incereb has developed a novel EEG electrode scaffold, known as the butterfly device. This device will enable technicians to apply in minutes the internationally recognised montage for optimal neonatal EEG brain monitoring and seizure detection. Incereb collaborated with the MiCRA Gateway through a series of Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers, as well as 100% Incereb funded, projects to co-develop the electrode which will be incorporated into the butterfly device scaffold. The prototype arising from this investigation is a fully functional device suitable to be scaled up for production.

“We have prototypes which work, and are very close to what we think will be the final product. The documentation and final report on the project was top class, and slotted immediately into our technical and design history file. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending MiCRA to any interested party.”

Jim Roche – CEO, Incereb

Bustard Heating is an SME based in Donegal that provides a range of heating and plumbing services to the domestic and commercial building markets. As an ancillary to their core heating and plumbing business, the company installs a range of renewable energy and heat saving products. One such product is their Mobile Heat Switch, used to autonomously control heating and hot water systems by SMS phone text activation. Through an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher, the PEM Gateway in IT Sligo undertook an investigation to optimise the existing mobile heat switch device by re-designing the control box interface so that a manual time-clock activation device could be integrated, offering the end user both remote and manual setting functions. This included a 3D printed component to realise the design modifications and to test compatibility with the existing heat switch device.

“Operating in a progressive and fast changing building services market it is important that we act on end user feedback to optimise our products. The R&D input supported by the Innovation Voucher initiative was invaluable in helping us realise necessary and further potential for our heat switch device.”

Trevor Bustard – Bustard Heating

Kilkenny Cooling Systems is a leading manufacturer of refrigerated storage equipment for the dairy, brewing and food processing sectors. A sector where Kilkenny Cooling Systems is particularly prominent is the beverage cooling industry. Through an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher and Partnership Feasibility study, the TEC Gateway undertook a performance assessment of the company’s Kilkenny VS prototype beer cooler and benchmarked it against competitor cooling systems such as a conventional ice bank system and a full glycol system. The Kilkenny VS Beer Cooling System went on to be shortlisted for the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Award for Innovation in 2015 and the 2016 IBEC Environment Award for best new product; winning the latter.

“The Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher scheme played a key role in the progress of our VS Beer Cooler R&D project. I would strongly encourage any business considering undertaking their own R&D to avail of an Innovation Voucher. Having expertise on hand such as that provided by Nimbus was extremely helpful and definitely contributed to this project’s successful outcome.”

John Smee – Kilkenny Cooling Systems

Next steps

If you think the Technology Gateways can help your company, get in touch.

Various Innovation Voucher clinics are also being held in regional centres to provide information and assistance with Innovation Voucher applications.

This post was originally published on the New Frontiers website


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Gráinne Foley - EMD Ireland Cluster Marketing Executive

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EMD Ireland Cluster Marketing Executive

Keith Barry to reveal tricks of trade at upcoming Disruptive Innovation-themed conference in Waterford

Industry keynote speakers will be joined by internationally recognised speaker and Waterford native, Keith Barry, at the Amplitude conference which runs in Waterford’s WIT Arena on 3rd October 2018.

Disruptive Innovation is the theme of the new conference aimed at businesses and innovators. It will demonstrate how to avail of government funding to collaborate with researchers – funding opportunities vary from Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 up to R&D and commercialisation funds worth six figures to a company.

The event is led by research centres in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow), having recognised the need in the South East for an event dedicated to facilitating collaboration opportunities between entrepreneurs, startups, multinationals, academic researchers and state agencies.

Keith Barry’s talk Brain Magic has remained in the Top 25 TED Talks since 2008. At Amplitude, Barry will describe his experience of working with some of the top companies in the world and discuss how he grew his career to become a world-renowned Mind Magician as well as a consultant on the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Now You See Me’ and a mind coach to celebrities and top sports people around the world.

“I’m excited to share my thoughts and experience at the Amplitude conference this year. My life is dedicated to researching the human brain and the power of our subconscious minds. As a scientist myself I look forward to talking about how through continuous research, collaboration with others and dedication I believe we can all harness our subconscious potential to achieve greatness. I’ll also talk about how through NLP/mirroring and body language techniques you can better communicate your ideas to others.”

– Keith Barry

Industry keynote speakers include Ann Kehoe, Global Head of Brand for Alltech, and Marc O’Regan, CTO at Dell EMC, who will break down their experiences in the realm of Disruptive Innovation and how their companies face the daily challenges of staying ahead of the competition.

The driving forces behind the event are research centres TSSG (Telecommunication Systems Software Group), SEAM (South Eastern Applied Materials), PMBRC (Pharmaceuticals and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre, and RIKON (Business Technology Management) along with Design+ (Design, Engineering, ICT and Bioscience) from IT Carlow.

“This event will drive discussion around future trends, how research can have a dramatic impact on industry and how they consider future technologies for their sectors.”

– Niamh Bushnell, CEO of Tech Ireland and Amplitude MC

“The aim is to grow Amplitude year on year to become a recognised national and international event. Organisations such as South-East Chamber of Commerce, Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland will also be participating and supporting this initiative.”

– James O’Sullivan, Technology Transfer Office, WIT

Delegates will have the opportunity to try out some exciting demos of science and technology, while a dedicated startup area sponsored by South East Local Enterprise Offices will also give companies a chance to see what’s emerging in the startup scene. The event will also feature free IP workshops with Keltie Patent Attorneys, a London based Intellectual Property firm that recently opened an office in Galway. Representatives will be there on the day ready to answer questions relating to IP and will be in the main exhibition area.

Tickets are priced at just €25 and can be booked on the Amplitude conference website. For more information, or if you are interested in sponsoring Amplitude, contact hello @ amplitude . ie