Pictured (L to R back): David Murphy, Director of Technology Transfer at NUI Galway, Aftab Iqbal, Frankie Conlon, Brendan Cunniffe, Director of Research & Development at Thoratec Ltd, and Declan Clarke, CEO at Independent Concepts Ltd., Dr Amir Shafat. (L to R front) Lisa Mullee, Sweta Rani, and Fiona Neary, Business Development Manager of Ignite Technology Transfer Office at NUI Galway.
Jun 22 2015 Posted: 11:56 IST

The 2015 Ignite Technology Transfer Office (TTO) Commercialisation Programme ‘Ignite Eco-System’ at NUI Galway came to an exciting finale with five of the overall group presenting to a panel of expert judges. The final presentations were the product of an intense 10-week commercialisation training and mentoring workshop.

Participants joined the programme at first with an idea, a new discovery or application of some form which they felt may have commercial potential. This potential was then explored, through research the opportunities were evaluated in order to allow each participant to determine the best course of action for their venture. Experienced coaches and mentors assisted in developing commercialisation roadmaps, detailing the next steps towards commercialisation. Participants benefitted from expert assistance in formulating their business models and value proposition and yesterday brought all of this together into impressive presentations to the judges.

Awards were presented on the day to:

  • Lisa Mullee, PhD Biochemistry NUI Galway
  • Amir Shafat, Senior Lecturer of Physiology at NUI Galway
  • Sweta Rani, Research Fellow, PhD Molecular Biology NUI Galway
  • Aftab Iqbal, Research Associate, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway
  • Frankie Conlon, MSc Marketing Practice student, NUI Galway

The most striking aspect of the programme was the transformation participants made over 10 weeks. All participants joined the programme because they had little to no experience or knowledge on the commercialisation process. Participants came from academic backgrounds, all impressive and admired in the academic community, however their skillset did not necessarily contribute towards a competency in commercialisation. Something which was daunting at first, such as an elevator pitch, now comes naturally, giving the participants the knowledge and confidence to take their technology to the next step.

Dr Amir Shafat, said of the programme: “It has shown me what is required to commercialise a technology. The programme has shown me a pathway that I would not originally have thought of. It was very well planned and executed, I highly recommend it to anyone interested progressing technology or business ideas.”

Fiona Neary, Business Development Manager of Ignite TTO at NUI Galway and programme coordinator adds: “To see the progress made by these finalists is amazing. The group has been a joy to work with and I’m sure this time next year we will be telling the 2016 group about some of the successes this year’s class have gone on to achieve. Well done to all who took part.”  

For more information about the Ignite Technology Transfer Eco-System please visit http://tto.nuigalway.ie/en/

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