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Researchers kick off NDRC’s 2018 Pre-Commercialisation Programme

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TSSG's Peter Scanlon, Martin Tolan & Ryan Stubbs participate in NDRC's Pre-Commercialisation Programme run in partnership with EI & SFI.

TSSG’s Peter Scanlon, Martin Tolan & Ryan Stubbs participate in NDRC’s Pre-Commercialisation Programme run in partnership with EI & SFI.

TSSG’s Peter Scanlon, Martin Tolan & Ryan Stubbs participate in NDRC’s Pre-Commercialisation Programme run in partnership with EI & SFI.

Martin Tolan of TSSG said the experience is “The ultimate validation for researchers trying to commercialise their ideas is when there is a proven unfulfilled market need for their products. Researchers can often be biased towards the technologies and innovations in their chosen fields without consideration of the market need so having access to this pre-commercialisation program in the NDRC is removing the mystery around and helping us to understand how to get our ideas to market.”

The new NDRC programme is all about connecting research innovators with the business community.

NDRC’s Dublin base will be the headquarters for its five-month Pre-Commercialisation Programme in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

14 teams of researchers from nine institutions around the country are taking part in the third iteration of the NDRC initiative.

A wide variety of participants

Participating institutions include two SFI research centres – Irish Photonic Integration Centre and Connect Centre – as well as Dublin Institute of Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University of Limerick, Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University.

The programme aims to give research teams key business skills and figure out ways to commercialise deep research, ultimately connecting academic researchers to the business, tech and entrepreneurial communities in Ireland’s buzzing start-up ecosystem.

NDRC CEO Ben Hurley spoke highly of this year’s group: “We are particularly pleased to welcome four female-led teams on this year’s cohort.

“The quality of previous participants has proven just how vibrant the research ecosystem is, and we expect it to be no different this time.

“What is of paramount importance now, is to help turn these pieces of research into viable, scalable businesses.”

Achieving ambitions

Enterprise Ireland senior commercialisation specialist Kevin Burke said: “Enterprise Ireland’s commercialisation specialists will also work closely with the participant teams and institutes to help them achieve their commercialisation ambitions.”

Scientific programme manager at SFI, Stephen O’Driscoll, emphasised SFI’s commitment to translating world-class research “from the laboratory to market”. For SFI, a key objective is increasing the number of research discoveries that secure follow-on investment from both public and private sources.

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Published by Silicon Republic on Friday, 19th January, 2018.