UCD Commercialisation Bootcamp

8th June 2018

Posted In: FYI

Nineteen (19) researchers, from across University College Dublin (UCD), have completed a 3-week Commercialisation Bootcamp, delivered by NovaUCD in association with the UCD Institute for Discovery.  The objective of the Bootcamp is to strengthen the pipeline of commercial opportunities arising from UCD research programmes. Its aim is to equip participating UCD Institute for Discovery affiliated researchers and postgraduate research students with the knowledge, skills and understanding of the commercialisation process.

Participants on this Bootcamp represented a total of 15 commercial and social enterprise projects.  Among the participants were Dr Paulina Szklanna and Luisa Weiss. Dr Szklanna is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science. She is developing a commercial idea on a blood test to diagnose early-onset preeclampsia based on her research in the UCD Conway SPHERE research group.

Luisa Weiss, an MSc student in the UCD College of Science, is working on a project to improve the process of validating clinical chemical assays.

According to Professor Patricia Maguire, Director, the UCD Institute for Discovery: “The programme enables our researchers to learn more about the commercialisation process and the translation of their research outputs into products and services which can impact the economy and society.”

Caroline Gill, Innovation Education Manager, NovaUCD said, “Through the UCD Commercialisation Bootcamp the participants gain an insight into key commercialisation issues such as; clearly identifying the market problem or need and how their proposed solution or technological innovation solves this problem; commercial exploitation routes; who do they need on their team and what are their funding requirements.”

(Pictured (l-r) are Professor Patricia Maguire, Director, the UCD Institute for Discovery, Bootcamp participants, Dr H. Alexander Ebhardt, Research Fellow, UCD School of Medicine and Luisa Weiss, MSc student, UCD College of Science along with Caroline Gill, Innovation Education Manager, NovaUCD).