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Monday 11 November 2019

Brace for Impact: Knowledge transfer award nominees revealed

Shortlist: Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland, Dr Alison Campbell with MC of the Impact Awards, Richard Curran of the Irish Independent
Shortlist: Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland, Dr Alison Campbell with MC of the Impact Awards, Richard Curran of the Irish Independent

The agency that connects businesses with Irish expertise and technology, Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), yesterday revealed the shortlist for its prestigious Impact Awards.

The 12 shortlisted entries were announced alongside the seven nominees for Achiever of the Year, with the winners to be revealed at a ceremony on November 21.

The annual Impact Awards recognise significant achievements in knowledge transfer, and the commercialisation of research carried out in Irish higher education institutions and publicly funded research organisations nationwide.

In particular, they pay tribute to the work of those within Ireland's Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs), who provide a vital link between industry and academic research.

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The KTI Impact Awards will be awarded across five categories: Collaborative Research; Consultancy; Licence2Market; Spin-out Company; and Achiever of the Year.

Shortlisted entries for 2019 include DCU and Oriel Marine, who collaborated to develop a patented technology to extract a unique form of deep-sea magnesium and minerals to improve the performance of their products in the market of severe-burn treatment.

Also nominated are Teagasc and UCC, for a collaboration with Suntory to develop a bacterial strain into a novel probiotic product, and Glanbia, which collaborated with UCD on a project to transform dairy waste products into high-value bio-based products, including biodegradable plastics and bio-based fertilisers.

Seven individual 'achievers' are also nominated from DCU; National College of Ireland; NUIG; Trinity; UCC; UCD; and UL for their contributions.

Irish Independent

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