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EU Commissioner Moedas officially opens Western Gateway Building
EU Innovation Commissioner, Carlos Moedas officially opened University College Cork’s flagship innovation building, Western Gateway, in a ceremony which took place on November 4th.
EU Innovation Commissioner, Carlos Moedas has officially opened University College Cork’s flagship innovation building, Western Gateway, in a ceremony which took place on November 4th.
The Western Gateway building hosts a number of schools and research centres including Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science, Anatomy and Euroscience, as well as the Cork Cancer Research Unit and the GATEWAY UCC Incubator hub. With an investment of €112 million, the state-of-the-art Western Gateway building represents the largest capital expenditure in research infrastructure at UCC.
As part of the visit the Commissioner met with GATEWAY UCC Spin Out Start Up companies Skellig Surgical Ltd, a new and innovative Medical Devices Company and with Food Choice at Work, a spin-out of UCC's Epidemiology Dept which provides a health programme designed to improve employees' eating patterns and overall health reducing their risk of obesity and other diet-related diseases.
Following the opening formalities and roundtable discussion with several leading academics and researchers, Commissioner Carlos Moedas was conferred with an honorary doctorate to acknowledge his support of the innovation agenda in Ireland.
Speaking at the official opening in Cork, Commissioner Moedas said, "I am delighted to officially open the Western Gateway building here in UCC today. This building forms a very significant part of the research infrastructure of the University, for Ireland and further afield."
He added, "The significant investment of €112 million in this building demonstrates the commitment to the highest level of research and innovation at UCC, which reflects my own commitment to the research, science and innovation portfolio within the European Union."