DIT Hothouse inks agreement with Kerry Europe to explore health issues

  • Left to right Dr. Andrew Knox DIT Dr. Maurice O’Sullivan Director Research & Development-Proteins Dr. Annalisa Segat Senior Scientist RD&A-Proteins Mr. Kieran O’Connell DIT Hothouse

Left to right: Dr. Andrew Knox, DIT; Dr. Maurice O’Sullivan Director Research & Development-Proteins, Kerry; Dr. Annalisa Segat Senior Scientist RD&A-Proteins,Kerry; Mr. Kieran O’Connell,Licencing Excutive, DIT Hothouse 

DIT Hothouse have today signed a collaborative research agreement with Kerry Europe (Functional Ingredients and Actives) establishing a strategic partnership in protein research and development with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). The research team at DIT, led by Dr. Andrew Knox, Head of the Sustainable Protein Innovations group, based at the School of Biological Sciences, will apply advanced proprietary computational methods to target relevant health issues aligned with Kerry Europe’s research platform.

Speaking about the partnership, Associate Professor Mary Hunt, Head of School of Biological Sciences DIT said, “I welcome the signing of the partnership agreement with the Sustainable Protein Innovations Group and Kerry Europe as a significant step for the School in strategic engagement with key Industry partners, building sustainable collaborations to deliver on School and Institute research priorities.”

The agreement was welcomed by Dr. Paul Maguire, Senior Innovation Licencing Executive, DIT Hothouse who commented, “By bringing DIT academia and industry expertise together, the creation of these research collaborations holds a transformative potential for protein research and development in Ireland and across the world.”

About DIT Hothouse

DIT Hothouse is Ireland’s top performing Knowledge Transfer Office, working at the forefront of commercialising Dublin Institute of Technology research to Irish-based companies. DIT Hothouse Alumni have raised over €195 million in Equity Investment and created more than 1,700 High Tech jobs in 400 sustainable businesses. As well as this, DIT Hothouse have created 36 spinouts, completed 139 Licence Agreements, launched 30 new products, completed 85 patent filings and 441 qualified inventions.

About Kerry Europe

Kerry is responding to consumer demand for real ingredients with better, more authentic and nutritious taste experiences. With 40 years’ experience and 24,000 staff on six continents, Kerry has a renewed focus on Taste & Nutrition where the science of taste merges with the science of nutrition. We combine our deep understanding of taste with our in-depth knowledge of people, culture, life stage and daily nutritional needs. By partnering with Kerry, customers are taken on a journey to make food, beverage and pharma products that people enjoy and feel better about. We call this Leading to Better. 

About School of Biological Sciences, DIT

The School has a long history in educating graduates for the allied health science professions and the applied biosciences, with a team of 40 staff educating 500+ students at undergraduate and postgraduate level in areas such as nutrition, dietetics, biomedical sciences and biosciences, underpinned by research in these core areas. All education programmes delivered by the School have strong links with industry and the professions, with practical and professional focus, ensuring our graduates are relevant to the needs of the sectors we serve.

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