€1.2 million funding for DIT and IT Tallaght for Technology Gateways

(L to R): Ben Breen, Sulzer Pumps; Shane Hayes, Novartis; Stephen Davis, DIT Hothouse; Paul Maguire, DIT Hothouse and Terry Landers, Microsoft

(Above 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).

Dublin Institute of Technology and IT Tallaght will each receive €1.2 million over a five year programme to support companies in Dublin and surrounding counties in developing technology-based solutions for their businesses. Both Institutes of Technology will host ‘Technology Gateways’ as part of a €23 million funded nationwide network launched by Seán Sherlock T.D. Minister for Research & Innovation in Thomond Park, Limerick on Monday, 21st October.

CREST (Centre for Enginering Surface Technology) is the Technology Gateway based in DIT. This research centre delivers coatings innovation solutions for industry in the engineering, construction, healthcare and biomedical industries.Industry partners of CREST include ESBI, Fleetwood Sherwin Williams and Galco.

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MiCRA (Micro-sensors for Clinical Research & Analysis Centre) is the Technology Gateway based in IT Tallaght. This centre provides businesses with solutions in the in vitro diagnositics, environmental, food and pharmaceutical sectors. MiCRA has engaged with companies such as Allogen Biotech, Epona and Trinity Biotech.

 micra logoMicra technology gateway logo

The €23 million funding will be invested by Government through Enterprise Ireland in 12 Technology Gateways located in 8 Institutes of Technology overall. The other Institutes delivering the service to industry are; Athlone IT, Cork Institute of Technology, IT Tralee, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Limerick Institute of Technology and Waterford Institute of Technology.

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.

Launching the Technology Gateway Network, Minister Sherlock 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. EnterpriseIreland’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, EnterpriseIreland 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. 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” concluded Lyons.

Further Information
To explore research collaboration opportunities through the CREST or MiCRA Technology Gateways, contact Paul Maguire, DIT Hothouse Licensing Executive on 01 402 7002 or email paul.maguire@dit.ie

For more information on the Technology Gateway Network visit www.technologygateway.ie.