Campus Companies

Company Creation @ UCC

UCC is committed to the strategic goal of being "a leading university for research, discovery, innovation, entrepreneurship, commercialisation and societal impact."

The following resources are available for staff, students or recent graduates interested in starting companies with UCC support:

Start-Up Company Establishment Process: How to use UCC Intellectual Property as the basis for a new start up compan, for UCC staff and external business partners

GatewayUCC incubation Facilities: A state of the art Innovation and Incubation Centre based at UCC to support and develop successful knowledge-based companies arising from UCC’s research, transforming knowledge into commercial success 

Gateway Sprint Accelerator Programme: to support early-stage start-ups, entrepreneurs and UCC-based researchers who are a the pipeline of Spin-Out and Researcher-Led start-ups

Ignite Graduate Business Innovation Programme: to support recent graduates to turn original ideas into innovative products and services, accelerate business start-ups and to create jobs by nurturing entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship at CUBS: Our aim is to nurture entrepreneurial talent through increasing our understanding of how some entrepreneurs excel at innovating, financing, scaling and harvesting their businesses. 

Alimentary Health

Alimentary Health Limited is a development stage specialty biotechnology company located in Ireland. The company is focused on the discovery, development and commercialisation of proprietary probiotic and pharmabiotic treatments for gastrointestinal disorders and other inflammatory conditions.

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Biosensia is a developer of integrated micro-system analytical chips and instrumentation for point-of-use diagnostics. The company is Venture Capital Funded and has global headquarters in Cork, Ireland with additional R&D teams in Maynooth, Ireland; Cranfield, England and Lund, Sweden.

The company is a leader in polymer replication and micro-system chip fabrication for low cost, high volume manufacture of disposable chips and the development of bio-recognition nanoscale molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for sensing. The combination of polymer Microsystems and MIPs provides a compelling technology advantage for analytical chips.

Biosensia is exploiting this generic platform technology to provide unique products for point-of-use analytical applications in markets ranging from Drugs-of-Abuse Testing (DAT) through Food and Environment to Clinical, Medical and Security.

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Clinical Support Information Systems

Clinical Support Information Systems Ltd (CSIS) is a company built around the STOPP-START technology developed at University College Cork by an inter-disciplinary group of clinicians, pharmacists and computer scientists.

STOPP/START lists the common instances of potentially inappropriate medicines (STOPP list) and potential prescribing omissions (START list). CSIS has successfully converted the STOPP/START rules to an electronic prototype which has very significant market potential as a tool for routine assessment of older people’s medication, with a view to optimization of drug therapy and avoidance of preventable side-effects. STOPP/START provides one possible method for addressing the growing problem of medication-related morbidity and mortality in older people.

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Eblana Photonics

Founded in 2001, Eblana Photonics designs and manufactures laser diodes emitting around 1310nm, 1490nm and 1550nm for communications and other applications. Eblana's consistent performance, high quality components simplify customer product manufacture.

Business focus:

  • Broadband, Access and Enterprise Markets
  • High Bit rate communications
  • Cutting edge component performance with applications enabling pricing
  • Unrivalled component uniformity that drives cost-effective product manufacture

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Glantreo's vision is the utilization of its Material Science capabilities and knowledge in two distinct business units. The business units comprise of

  • (1) the licensing of technologies from Irish Academic Institutions to Industrial Partners, 
  • (2) the continued growth of the consultancy / analysis business to Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Biotech companies in Ireland.   

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Keelvar Systems designs tailored electronic markets for large purchasing organisations. We facilitate cost reductions by allowing expressive and creative discounting options on the part of suppliers that are competing in large and complex tenders. Keelvar's competitive advantage is our ability to develop and solve mathematical models that optimise the outcome for the purchaser so that costs are minimised.

Our primary target market is public sector procurement but we also cater for large industries including the energy sector.

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Luxcel was founded in 2002 by Richard Fernandes and Dimitri Papkovsky to commercialise new, advanced porphryin-based, phosphorescent oxygen-sensing probes and oxygen sensors, for applications in the pharmaceutical and food safety industries.

Our aim is to produce fluorescence-based tools that will provide direct benefits for our customers. These benefits include speed, reduced research and development (R&D) costs for manufacturers and safer products for consumers.

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Pilot Photonics

Pilot photonics' optical wavelength comb source is a bench-top unit for the optical telecommunication R&D market. It offers turn-key operation and excellent performance including a linewidth of less than 500kHz.

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SensL's vision is to become the brand and partner of choice for users of low light detectors and imaging systems. We will enable our customers to radically improve system performance by providing a unique and disruptive technology that frees them from the limitations of existing Photomultiplier Tube (PMT) based detectors, thereby creating a range of new applications.

This breakthrough in low light detection solutions has been achieved by leveraging our core Geiger Mode Photodiode technology to create three distinct low light detector platforms. Our Photon Counting, Silicon Photomultiplier and Low Light Imager products enable the development of new systems for applications such as Bio-diagnostics, Medical Imaging, LIDAR, Environmental Monitoring and High Energy Physics.

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UCC Innovation

Aistriú Nualaíocht

Room 2.44, Western Gateway Building, Western Road, Cork, Ireland