Minister launches Technology Gateway Network

PMBRC secure over €1m to drive industry collaboration

Tech Gateway launch

Pictured at the launch of the Technology Gateways programme were Dr. Peter McLoughlin, Principal Investigator, PMBRC, Dr. Niall O'Reilly, Manager, PMBRC, Mr. David O’Grady, Technical Development Manager, Genzyme Ireland Ltd. and Mr. Seán Sherlock T.D., Minister for Research and Innovation.

A nationwide network of Technology Gateways, capable of delivering technology-based solutions for companies in Ireland was launched by Seán Sherlock T.D. Minister for Research & Innovation today in Thomond Park, Limerick. This is a €23million investment by Government through Enterprise Ireland in 12 Technology Gateways located in 8 Institutes of Technology.

Designed to act as the ‘R&D arm’ of companies, the Technology Gateways will focus on delivering technology solutions through collaborative projects with the research teams in the Institutes of Technology.

Amongst the Technology Gateways at yesterday’s launch was the Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) at WIT, who secured funding of over €1 million to extend its industry-focussed operations for the next 5 years. “The Technology Gateway funding is an endorsement of our industry collaboration since we set up in 2009” said Niall O'Reilly, Manager of the PMBRC. “In the last 4 years we have worked with over 35 companies across a range of industry sectors including Genzyme, Teva, EirGen Pharma, Bausch+Lomb and Waters Technologies. The Technology Gateway funding will allow us to grow our industry R&D operations into the future”.

Launching the Technology Gateway Network Minister Sherlock said, “The Government’s primary goal is to generate growth and create employment in towns and cities around Ireland. The Technology Gateway Network will give companies all over Ireland access to technology solutions for their business challenges. Enterprise Ireland’s involvement in this process ensures the commercial value of these solutions can be converted into new products and services so that quality employment opportunities can be grown and maintained”.

For more information on the Technology Gateway Network visit www.technologygateway.ie