Dr Jerry Reen, a Senior Postdoctoral Scientist in the BIOMERIT Research Centre, Department of Microbiology, UCC was the joint winner of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA) ‘Dragons Den’ competition held on May 7th at the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin.
As a result, Dr Reen will spend a week at the Irish Innovation Centre (IIC) in the Silicon Valley, California, USA. The visit facilitated by the SFI and hosted by the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) will provide an opportunity for the winning researchers to meet members of the venture community and leading technology companies.
The Get Started Technology Venture Programme 2011 was held from March to May and culminated with participants pitching their business ideas to a selected panel that included Mr Cian Hughes of the ITLG, an independent organisation comprised of over 1500 high-level technology leaders based in Silicon Valley. The panel for the TIDA Demo Day included representatives from the ITLG, Enterprise Ireland, DCU Invent, and Paddy Power. Unable to attend the final day competition, Dr Reen submitted his pitch as a video presentation with the assistance of the Audio Visual Department at UCC.
Dr Reen’s presentation described small compounds that prevent formation of infectious microbial structures called biofilms and is based on current research programmes being developed under Prof. Fergal O’Gara, director of the BIOMERIT Research Centre. Biofilms are a global economic and health burden estimated to account for up to 80% of microbial infections in the body and are exceptionally difficult to treat. Furthermore, biofilms are a primary cause of biofouling in marine and industrial settings. The technology being developed is seeking to address this global concern through the use of non-antibiotic small compounds.
Picture: Dr Jerry Reen, BIOMERIT, Microbiology Department, UCC and Mr Cian Hughes of the ITLG and one of the judging panelists.
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