Companies or individuals across the south east who have a product or idea they want to advance or bring to market are being offered the opportunity to meet with experts from the local research centre and partners with expertise in Pharmacutical, Medical Devices and ICT in Advanced Manufacturing sectors.

Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) is bringing its brightest and best to meet with industry and individuals at the free ‘Advancing your business Technologies’ Open Innovation Day on Thursday, March 30, at the Clayton Whites Hotel, starting from 8am.

The event runs until just before noon and will be of interest to pharmaceutical, medical devices and manufacturing companies based in the south east region, as well as CEOs, COOs and decision makers within organisations. Those with an innovative idea or products they want to bring to market are also urged to attend, to network with the TSSG’s staff and their partner organisations and see how they can work together to advance business technologies and benefit the south east regional economy.

Companies are increasingly rethinking the fundamental ways in which they generate ideas and bring them to market, according to Eric Robson (TSSG). “Harnessing external ideas and leveraging Third Level Research Centre expertise is key to innovation for the next generation of technologies for companies.

“Our Open Innovation Day will cover a huge variety of Smart Specialisation areas across pharmaceuticals, medical devices and ICT in advanced manufacturing. We continually work with industry and look at how to use innovative ideas to deliver new technologies that will impact these industries,” he said

Workshops on the day will focus on key areas such as delivering health technologies today for tomorrow’s patients; digitally transforming manufacturing businesses and so much more, the TSSG’s Denise Manton said. The south east has become a cluster for both pharma and manufacturing and partnering with Third Level hubs such as the TSSG and its partners to ensure the viability and growth of such clusters, is critical, she added.

“ICT in pharmaceuticals and medical devices present major opportunities for the south-east region as it contains the core competencies required to support this ‘new innovation’. We’ve come together with the Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) to explore the possibilities presented by this emerging area.

“Equally, manufacturing is a key sector that continues to underpin the economic development our region. WIT is committed to supporting these industries through advances in technologies and process improvements that will accelerate the sector’s growth over the next decade.

“We’re also partnering with the South-East Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (SEAM) to facilitate a workshop to identify and explore growth opportunities for this region. SEAM is an industry-focused applied research centre, providing innovative materials and engineering solutions for companies in a variety of manufacturing sectors, while here at TSSG, we specialises in removing the technological barriers to enable innovative and disruptive business models emerge and flourish. It’s a partnership that really benefits industry and the region and anyone who wants to take their idea, their innovation to the next level should come along and speak to us,” she added.

Registration is free and now open at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/open-innovation-day-advancing-your-business-technologies-tickets-32915436958

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