DIT to host one of Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateways

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(L-R): Jim Lawler (Klondike Innovations Ltd), Mark Bowkett (T.E. Laboratories Ltd), Denis Healy (Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies), Minister Sean Sherlock TD, Dr Brendan Duffy (CREST), Prof Declan Mc Cormack (School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, DIT) & Mohamed Oubaha (CREST).

22 October 2013: DIT is set to benefit from the launch of the Technology Gateway networks, announced yesterday (Monday 21 October) at Thomond Park, Limerick.

A total of €23 million funding will be distributed to boost regional innovation and job creation.

As the host of a Technology Gateway, DIT will receive €1.2 million over the five year programme. The Technology Gateways are capable of delivering technology based solutions for companies in Ireland.

CREST (Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology), based in DIT, will benefit from the funding as a Technology Gateway.

CREST delivers coatings innovation solutions for industry in the engineering, construction, healthcare and biomedical industries. Industry partners of CREST include Galco, Graph Engineering, Metal Improvement Company, Smart Wall Paint, C&F Automotive (Iralco) and Henkel.

Designed to act as the ‘R&D arm’ of companies, the Technology Gateways will focus on delivering technology solutions through collaborative projects with the research teams in the institutes of technology.

A total of 12 Technology Gateways will be located in eight institutes of technology including DIT and one of its partners in the Dublin Technological University Alliance, IT Tallaght. The latter hosts the gateway MiCRA which provides businesses with solutions in the in vitro diagnostics, environmental, food and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Minister Sean Sherlock TD at the announcement in Thomond Park, Limerick

Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, launched the Technology Gateways in Limerick.

He said, “The Government’s primary goal is to generate growth and create employment in towns and cities around Ireland. The Technology Gateway Network will give companies all over Ireland access to technology solutions for their business challenges. ‌ Ireland’s involvement in this process ensures the commercial value of these solutions can be converted into new products and services so that quality employment opportunities can be grown and maintained.”

Speaking at the event, Declan Lyons of Enterprise Ireland explained that Technology Gateways will connect the research and innovation capabilities of the Institutes of Technology to the companies that need novel technology solutions.

“Enterprise Ireland and the teams in the Technology Gateways are committed to solving the technical challenges faced by companies in their efforts to develop new products and services,” he said. “The beauty of this network is that if one Gateway doesn’t have the answer, they can put out a call to the other 11 in the network to find it.”

To learn about research opportunities with CREST or MiCRA, contact Paul Maguire, DIT Hothouse Licensing Executive, on 01-402 7002 or email paul.maguire@dit.ie. For more information on the Technology Gateway networks visit www.technologygateway.ie.

 

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