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) who were among the winners of the prestigious Bridge Network Invention of the Year 2018 awards hosted by University College Cork this week. 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.
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.”