DIT Researchers Win Two Awards at Enterprise Ireland’s Big Ideas Showcase 2009

14th October 2009

Researchers from Dublin Institute of Technology scooped two prestigious commercialisation awards at Enterprise Ireland’s Big Ideas Showcase in Croke Park on October 13th.

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Dan Barry being presented with his award

Dr. John Colreavy from CREST DIT won in the Industrial Science category for developing microbial coatings that kill MRSA and E-coli which have been licenced to paint manufacturer General Paints Ltd.  Dan Barry, Senior Researcher with the  DIT Audio Research Group, won the ICT category for his audio technologies which have been licensed to Irish company Trezur and entertainment giant Sony for use in their popular Playstation 3 Sing Star karaoke game.

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Dr John Colreavy being presented with his award

The awards were presented by Mr. Conor Lenihan T.D., Minister for Science, Technology & Innovation. Minister Lenihan, commented, "This event demonstrates the spectrum of entrepreneurial activity in the Irish research system. At the early stages we have 21 new technologies that are generating high levels of interest from the potential investors here today, and at other end, we have three award winners who have already succeeded in getting their technologies onto the marketplace, creating 20 new jobs in the process. I look forward to the creation of more new companies and jobs as a result of today's Big Ideas Showcase".

Congratulating the winners, Tom Flanagan, Head of Commercialisation at DIT Hothouse said “We are delighted that two of the three national awards were won by DIT researchers, John Colreavy and Dan Barry   As the Minister said last night, these awards recognise the significant contribution that research and the development of new technologies can make to the Irish economy. ”

DIT was also represented among the 21 new technologies which were presented to potential investors.  Brendan Ring, Commercialisation Manager at DIT Hothouse made a presentation on Active Holograpics, an Anti-Counterfeit Hologram while Dr. John Colreavy demonstrated another innovative solution to hospital-acquired infections through catalytic coatings. 

The Big Ideas Showcase is part of the Government's strategy to commercialise publicly funded research, which has produced over 100 new companies to date, the majority of which were created in the last 3-5 years.   The event will see 150 one-to-one meetings take place between Irish inventors and investors to explore the options to either licence these new technologies or use them as the basis to form new companies in the energy, life sciences, medical, engineering and IT sectors.

DIT Hothouse

Hothouse is the award winning Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre at Dublin Institute of Technology. A magnetic energy hub, Hothouse draws in entrepreneurial and academic talent, ignites creativity and provides a dynamic environment to fast-track businesses and technologies to commercial success.

Dr. John Colreavy, DIT and HyGen

Dr. Colreavy and his team at CREST DIT have developed an antimicrobial coating that effectively kills MRSA and the e-coli bacteria. The technology was licensed to General Paints Celbridge Co. Kildare who used it as a basis of a new anti microbial paint - HyGen.  General Paints with their partner Tegral have secured their first sale of this product to Beaumont hospital.  Given the high incidences of hospital acquired infection globally, the company is confident that their project has good export potential.  To this end, they are working activity with the Enterprise Ireland overseas network to secure export sales early in the New Year.  As a result of this deal, General Paints hopes to create 10 extra jobs with forecast sales of €4 million within 4 years.

Dan Barry, DIT and his audio technologies

Dan Barry is a senior researcher in the Audio Research Group at DIT and has invented a range of unique audio signal processing technologies that have captured the interest and acclaim of a variety of companies and analysts around the world.   The technology was licensed into the popular Sony Playstation 3 Sing Star Karaoke game.  It allows the player to practice any instrument alongside their favourite musician.  It has been used to improve the quality of old music recordings, including recordings from the Irish Traditional Music Archives.  The technology can also slow down or speed up without changing pitch.  Dan has also licensed technologies to Trezur Ltd, an Enterprise Ireland client specialising in music software and services.

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