Maynooth University Annual Commercialisation Award 2017

Dr Karen English and Dr Richard Roche each receive an Annual Commercialisation Award for activities in the Knowledge Transfer space
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 12:15

Each year the Commercialisation Office recognises excellence in the commercialisation of research at Maynooth University. We consider activity such as invention disclosures recorded, licence deals completed, new patents filed, spinout company creation and developing new links with industry as key factors in bringing research to the market place.

The 2017 Annual Commercialisation Award was presented in two categories (1) Commercialisation of Intellectual Property and (2) Industry Engagement activity. 

Dr Richard Roche of Psychology was awarded the Commercialisation of IP Award.  Richard formed Empathy Test Limited with promoters Dr Kenneth McKenzie & Conor McCarthy.  Empathy Test uses psychological, science-driven, validation for products, services and experiences, with the view to increasing product adoption and reach at launch. The company plans to work with multiple clients on an ongoing basis, carrying out validation and facilitating the refinement of their product.  Online learning tools will also be developed, with a view to developing training workshops.

Dr Karen English of the Biology Department was awarded the Industry Engagement Award.  Karen had a very busy year in terms of engagement with national and international companies including Sigmoid Pharma and ReGenesys. Karen’s major focus of research is the translation of cellular therapies for the treatment of inflammatory disorders.

We congratulate and commend both Karen and Richard on their accomplishments.

Photo: Dr Karen English of Biology receives the Industry Engagement Award from Prof Ray O'Neill, VPR&I with Dr Paul Tyndall, Commercialisation Office

Photo: Dr Richard Roche of Psychology receives the IP Commercialisation Award from Prof Ray O'Neill, VPR&I with Dr Karen Griffin, Commercialisation Office