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Team led by Cleitus Antony wins NDRC Pre-Commercialisation Programme

Posted on: 03 May 2018

Team led by Cleitus Antony wins NDRC Pre-Commercialisation Programme

Cleitus Anthony, Mark Power and Marco Dalla Santa from the Photonic Systems Group, win NDRC Pre-Commercial Programme, a collaboration between third level institutions, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation IrelandIrish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) and CONNECT.

Cleitus Antony's team is developing a system to help find faults in fibre-optic cables.


From left: Kevin Burke Senior Commercialisation Specialist Enterprise Ireland; Gary Leyden, Commercial Director, NDRC; Cleitus Antony from Tyndall National Institute who was named the winner at NDRC's 2018 Pre Commercialisation programme; Denise O'Grady, CEO of; Eoin O'Driscoll - Chairman, Tyndall National Institute; Stephen O’Driscoll, Programme Manager, SFI. Image Source: Shane O'Neill/SON Photographic


The event featured 14 teams competing in the NDRC Pre-Commercialisation Programme over the five month process. The aim of the programme is to help researchers actively prepare for Enterprise Ireland commercialisation funding, feasibility funding and pre-seed investment.

Speaking at the event, Patrick Morrissey, IPIC Centre Manager, said “The Pre-Commercialisation Programme guides academia based research teams through the initial steps of exploring the commercialisation of their disruptive technologies through a start-up company.

“It has proven to be an invaluable tool for researchers, addressing the significant challenges on the journey from the lab to market, and I fully expect to see a number of high performance start-ups emerge from the programme as the teams progress with Enterprise Ireland and NDRC’s support and turn our excellence in research into economic impact.”