Cancer Diagnostics, Skin Ageing, Battery Life, Music Technology and Neonatal Vaccine innovations scoop prestigious Invention of the Year awards held at UCC

UCC Life Sciences Invention of the Year: BioBind custom imaging solution awarded to the research team led by Dr. Mark Tangney, UCC (cancer diagnostics application)

UCC ICT Invention of the Year: Battery Life Magnetics Technology won by the ‘magnetics on silicon team’ led by Prof. Cian O’Mathuna of Tyndall National Institute

Teagasc Invention of the Year: next generation vaccination solution for neonatal calves won by the team led by Dr. Kieran Meade, Teagasc

IT Tralee, Invention of the Year was won by Dr. Helena McMahon and team for their solution to address intrinsic or extrinsic skin ageing through extracellular matrix (ECM) production

CIT ICT Invention of the Year was won by Dr. Derry Fitzgerald, who developed ‘photoshop for audio’ which is now being used by Beach Boys, Capitol Records and others in pro-audio industry to remaster music.  It is the basis for the CIT spinout company, AudiosourceRE

Invention of the Year Awards are sponsored by Purdy Lucey Intellectual Property

Innovations that solve key challenges in today’s society from cancer diagnostics, skin ageing, mobile battery life to neonate vaccinations were among the winners of the prestigious Bridge Network Invention of the Year 2018 awards hosted by University College Cork this week.

As the largest technology transfer consortium in Ireland, the Bridge Network brings together researchers and innovators from University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, Teagasc and the Institute of Technology Tralee, to support the commercialisation of research.  The annual Bridge Network Invention of the Year awards showcase the most innovative research and inventions in technology across agritech, life sciences, biotechnology and ICT sectors.

Speaking at the Invention of the Year 2018 awards, UCC’s Vice President for Research and Innovation and Chair of Bridge Network Governance Committee, Prof Anita Maguire said: “The diversity of this year’s submissions for the Invention of the Year 2018 Awards demonstrates how innovators and scientists are natural problem-solvers that seek to find creative and innovative ways to improve our way of life and deliver real impact.  The calibre of the innovations is notable this year again, and a number of the shortlisted inventions are patented, underpin spin out companies or are licensed by leading global organisations. We are very proud and supportive of the achievements of the Bridge Network consortium in fostering and supporting these technologies.”

The UCC Life Sciences Invention of the Year was presented to Dr. Mark Tangney, College of Medicine and Health, UCC and his team, Dr. Ian Curtin and Stephen Buckley for their BioBind custom imaging solution, using a novel smart biosensor, which has numerous applications particularly cancer diagnostics and life sciences research.  The dramatically more affordable and user friendly BioBind puts imaging technology in the hands of labs of all sizes and budgets, accelerating the pace of research, increasing lab output and providing faster identification of cells and/or tissue. The BioBind team now plan to launch a spinout company to commercialise the technology.

The UCC ICT Invention of the Year was presented to Prof. Cian O’Mathuna and the Tyndall magnetics on silicon team (Paul McCloskey; Willie Lawton; Dr. Zoran Pavlovic; Dr. Graeme Maxwell; Dr. Joe O’Brien; Dr. Santosh Kulkarni and Hugh Smiddy) for their market-leading magnetics technology, which will improve battery life of mobile devices. The innovation has global significance, solving one of the biggest limitations currently experienced by consumers and device users. The technology has already been licensed to three major multinationals and is being employed in a number of active industry engagements with Tyndall.

Dr. Derry Fitzgerald, whose spinout AudiosourceRE is based at CIT Rubicon, won the CIT ICT Invention of the Year for his sound separating technology, which has been used to remaster global hit music such as the Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations and other professional audio industry. Described as ‘photoshop for audio’ software, AudiosourceRE is currently entering an investment round to raise additional funds to promote the solution.

Skin health, skin care and ageing is a multibillion euro industry. The IT Tralee, Invention of the Year was awarded to Dr. Helena McMahon and Dr. Aleksandra Augustyniak for the NutraECM solution, which has the potential to change how we treat skin ageing in the future and provide the ultimate solution to this issue. NutraECM is an oral and topical treatment addressing intrinsic or extrinsic skin ageing, targeting collagen and elastin production, boosting dermal fibroblast proliferation and extracellular matrix (ECM) production. The solution has applicability not only for skin, but potentially also in cartilage and bone, where extracellular matrix is required.

Dr Kieran Meade, Teagasc accepted the Teagasc Invention of the Year award on behalf of his team including joint lead Prof Ed Lavelle, TCD and Dr Ciaran Harte, for their new neonatal vaccination innovation. Their patent pending innovation will improve immunity in neonates, particularly in infants and calves.  Cattle in the first 6 months of their lives are highly susceptible to infectious diseases due to underdeveloped immune system. This next generation vaccination solution promotes maturation in of anti-mycobacterial immunity thereby providing superior protection against disease where a tailored cell-mediated immune response is required.

Speaking at the event, Michael Lucey, Partner at Purdy Lucey Intellectual Property and awards sponsor said, “PURDYLUCEY are delighted to be involved in the judging and sponsorship of the Bridge Network Invention of the Year. The quality of the research and innovation is truly world class and definitely puts Ireland on the path of becoming a leading knowledge-based economy. Well done to everyone”


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