Recognising excellence with impact, Minister of State, Sean Sherlock, TD, today (28th May 2014) presented the inaugural KTI Research2Business Award at the launch of Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI). The Award, which recognises sustained engagement by a researcher that has delivered significant impact for business in Ireland, was given to Dr Mark Southern of the University of Limerick. Dr Southern has supported a substantial number of research collaborations with companies across a range of sectors. This has lead to the creation of over 100 new high-end manufacturing jobs in Ireland in addition to sustaining core employment in these companies and enabling the companies to secure tens of millions Euro in new export sales.
Minister Sherlock said: “I am delighted to be here today to present the Research2Business award which recognises excellence in engagement between researchers and the business community. I believe strongly that effective industry-academic collaboration is essential for the successful translation of the best ideas from the lab into innovative new products and services and ultimately, the delivery of good quality, sustainable jobs."
Paul Dillon, Director, Technology Transfer Office, UL, Seán Sherlock T.D., Minister for Research & Innovation, Dr. Mary Shire, Vice President Research, UL, Dr. Mark Southern, UL winner of the inaugural Knowledge Transfer Ireland Research2Business Award and Dr. Alison Campbell, Director Knowledge Transfer Ireland.