DIT scores twice in ‘One to Watch’ Award 2009

16 June 2009

Enterprise Ireland has just announced the nominations for the ‘One to Watch’ Award 2009, and two colleagues from DIT have been nominated – Dr. Suzanne Martin and Dr. Suresh Pillai. The ‘One to Watch’ award has been commissioned by Enterprise Ireland as an indicator of its support and commitment to bringing research outputs to the marketplace and it will be presented to the researcher whose commercialisation efforts are deemed to have the most business potential. Focusing specifically on researchers who are actively working on bringing their technology to the market and who have demonstrated a commercial approach to their research, the winner will be decided by a panel of commercial evaluators in Enterprise Ireland and will be announced by An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan T.D at the Applied Research Forum on 18th June 2009 at 1pm.

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Dr. Suzanne Martin (second from left), one of Enterprise Ireland nominees
for the ‘One to Watch’ award. Dr. Martin was pictured at the presentation
of the DIT Inventor competition awards with Professor Brian Norton,
Dennis Bade, Donnacha Curley ( Hanna Moore & Curley) ,
Dr Izabela Naydenova and Professor Vincent Toal.

Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, Director of Research and Enterprise at DIT, said “I am delighted that the excellent work being carried out by Dr. Martin and Dr. Pillai has been acknowledged at this level. Their commitment to their research is outstanding, and for DIT to have two nominees in this list of seven from across Ireland is a great honour. In addition to recognising the achievements of Dr. Suresh and Dr. Martin, their nominations bring a spotlight on the exciting range of work currently taking place in DIT.”

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Dr. John Colreavy (rear) and Dr. Suresh Pillai (right) of CREST DIT,
observing Vinod Etacheri evaluating the novel photocatalytic titanium
dioxide nano-materials developed for Radical.

Welcoming the announcement, DIT Head of Commercialisation, Tom Flanagan, said “To date, DIT has been building five to six licences each year which, relative to our research funding, is an excellent commercialisation record. We’re particularly excited about the recognition of the work of these two researchers because we are planning to establish two ‘high potential start-up’ businesses based on their research – one in holography and one in anti-bacterial coating.”

The full list of nominees announced by Enterprise Ireland is as follows:

  • Dr. Aleksandar Jaksic, Tyndall National Institute, for his work on radiation dosimeters, devices that measure exposure to radiation. Initially developed for use by astronauts, Aleksandar has modified them for use by medical professional treating cancer treatment patients to ensure that neither patient of doctor is over-exposed to radiation.
  • Dr. Bruce Murphy, currently TCD and formerly NUI Galway, for developing a device that cuts through the plaque that builds up in human arteries in a safer more effective way than existing medical devices.
  • Dr. Guido Mariotto, TCD, for his work on a skin scanner that produces 3-D images revealing where the skin has been damaged by sun, acne, age or other conditions. The hand-held instrument can be used by professionals in every section of the skincare market including, beauty therapists, dermatologists and new product developers in the cosmetics industry.
  • Dr. Suzanne Martin, DIT, for her work developing a printable hologram that can be used as a unique identifier on the packaging of high-value products like pharmaceuticals and electronics.
  • Dr. Lorraine Nagle, Tyndall National Institute, for her work on developing long-life fuel cells that replace batteries in things like security sensors or tracking technology.
  • Dr. Suresh Pillai, CREST DIT, for developing a surface coating that kills MRSA once exposed to any type of light. This is an improvement on previous technologies that only worked with UV rays from natural daylight. As well as having applications in hospitals, the technology could be used in other sterile environments like clean-rooms or water treatment facilities.
  • Dr. Laurentiu Vasiliu, DERI at NUI Galway, for developing software that helps financial experts to make complex calculations instantly. An example of how it could be used would be to allow an investment executive to analyse and compare the performance of hundreds, even thousands of mutual funds at one time.

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