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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Development of a range of electrochemically based sensors for detection of water pollutants
    are serious limitations regarding the in situ calibration The technology proposed by DKIT will overcome this issue by designing and validating a range of electrochemically based sensor systems for the detection of common pollutants in waste and drinking water T E Laboratories is directly collaborating with the Electrochemistry Research Group at DKIT This group is led by Dr Tim McCormac and is currently comprised of 4 Ph D and 2 M Sc researchers The group has attracted over e3m in funding since 1996 and has published over 45 scientific papers in internationally peer reviewed chemistry journals The Group has been actively applying the tools of synthetic chemistry electrochemistry and material science to design a range of multifunctional materials which possess applications in strategically important technological fields such as nanotechnology and environmental sensor development It is this expertise in surface science and sensor development that is being leveraged by the industrial partner Tellab offered commercial market research and the ability to validate the new technology against existing ISO17025 accredited test methodology The support offered by the Tellab includes In kind support by validation studies Opportunities to integrate new technologies into current sensor platforms which will significantly speed up the commercialisation process Access to sample sites with historical data Through the on going research collaboration it is envisaged that a range of electrochemically based sensors will be developed which will be targeted at the detection of common water pollutants Such systems should offer High specificity whilst achieving relevant limits of detection The ability to incorporate the sensor into existing lab on the chip devices The ability to fabricate multi electrode array systems for multi analyte detection The ability for wireless communication Relatively low cost and robust There are great opportunities to place the new technology into the portfolio of products and sensors

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3474-2014-development-of-a-range-of-electrochemically-based-sensors-for-detection-of-water-pollutants (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Design and development of a facility for long-term storage of live lobster
    prior to transportation a process which is often put on hold as the exporter awaits the firming up of volatile market prices In the meantime mortality and spoilage during storage is common The aim of this collaboration was to develop an energy efficient system to increase survival rates over longer periods and take some of the uncertainty out of the business GMIT s Marine and Freshwater Research Centre works closely with state and semi state agencies other Higher Education Institutes and industrial stakeholders like Comhar Caomhan Teo to transfer develop and commercialise novel products methods and services to optimise and modernise the seafood industry GMIT s particular expertise in shellfish physiology and its excellent sea water holding facilities provided the research platform for the company to investigate its problem Working collaboratively with Comhar Caomhan Teo GMIT s scientists demonstrated the potential of a temperature controlled sea water re circulation system based at GMIT for the long term storage of live lobster The knowledge generated from using this system allowed GMIT scientists to design and adapt a new state of the art one tonne re circulating unit valued at e40 000 for the company The company availed of funding from GMIT Bord Iascaigh Mhara and the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher scheme to support the project The company contributed substantial product knowledge and expertise as well as the stock used in the experiments The economic viability of the lobster holding system was demonstrated by reducing significantly the mortality rates and wastage associated with storing lobsters The re circulation system increased the storage period for live lobster to up to 6 months and provided the company with far greater control over their product This increased the average unit value from e10 kilo to e40 kilo The overall impact of GMIT s collaboration with

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3475-accelerating-development-of-best-business-start-up-13 (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Designing and developing advanced in vitro simulators to target neurovascular diseases
    company was the manufacturing of flexible thin walled cerebral vasculature models capable of testing their neurothrombectomy device for ischemic stroke cases and the design of a cerebral test facility capable of housing these models The GMedTech biomedical centre within Galway Mayo Institute of Technology GMIT is actively focused on cardiovascular research The centre has a recognised unique capacity for designing and developing advanced preclinically relevant in vitro simulators replicating physiological type flows through various sections of the human body GMedTech has laboratory and office facilities for the generation of 3D anatomical models based on medical images which are applied for developing manufacturing and testing physiological flow simulators The centre has access to expert medical knowledge medical imaging processing capabilities engineering competence with advanced materials and manufacturing technologies Due to this recognised expertise Neuravi Ltd undertook an Enterprise Ireland sponsored innovation partnership with GMedTech on Cerebral Vascular Model Generation Neuravi contributed 20 of the costs of this project which provided patient specific neurovascular phantom models A database of medical images was compiled within the centre This enabled Neuravi to select a challenging anatomy which was then translated into a patient specific cerebral test facility Neuravi s neurothrombectomy device for ischemic stroke was tested within this facility during the company s seed phase and this helped to de risk and optimise the device design prior to clinical use The testing of Neuravi s neurothrombectomy device within the cerebral phantom models proved the efficacy of the device to investors as part of the venture capital VC funding phase This successful demonstration of Neuravi s device within the patient specific in vitro test system helped Neuravi secure e5 2 million of VC funding The impact of this research resulted in GMedTech being shortlisted as a finalist in the Irish Medical Device Association Academic Excellence

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3476-2014-designing-and-developing-advanced-in-vitro-simulators-to-target-neurovascular-diseases (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Innovative social enterprise to develop a fundraising calendar
    of study The social enterprise project provides them with the opportunity to develop their skills while helping others Over the years students have engaged with the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Markets the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board the Chinese Embassy via a student trip to the World Expo in Shanghai and numerous charitable organisations The Calendar idea developed from an initiative by a former NRH patient and the hospital s Therapeutic Recreation Service supported by the NRH Foundation The former patient an accomplished photographer offered to teach a weekly photography course to patients on a voluntary basis and classes were then arranged Following the success of this initiative a digital photography competition was organised for all current and past patients nationwide and NRH staff The winning entries were selected for inclusion in the calendar and the hospital then arranged for its printing IADT s Entrepreneurship students promoted the calendar in the media arranged promotional events and helped to sell the calendars The students efforts resulted in the sale of almost 1 000 calendars with all proceeds raised going to the hospital The project yielded multiple benefits for all those involved Patients and staff of the NRH enjoyed the fact that their photographic work was widely publicised reaching an extensive audience The profile of the National Rehabilitation Hospital and the importance of its ongoing fundraising efforts was highlighted while significant funds were raised IADT s Entrepreneurship students had the opportunity to work closely with senior executives in the hospital and in supporting organisations The team demonstrated their ability to secure coverage of the calendar in the written press on radio at a wide range of events and via a number of partner channels such as the Dún Laoghaire Business Association The project increased the students appreciation of the relevance

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3477-2014-innovative-social-enterprise-to-develop-a-fundraising-calendar (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: More effective product development via interface design and usability expertise
    come into play John Montayne of the Department of Technology and Psychology teaches on multimedia and visual communication programmes and has been involved in interface design and usability for many years He has assisted a number of businesses to improve the overall usability of products software while also improving the user experience of a system With this background John and Research Assistant Mohammed Cherbatji were ideally placed to work with Vidatum on the project The starting point for the project was an in depth analysis and mapping of the functionality of Vidatum Academic coupled with examination of the profiles and experiences of typical users Based on this exploratory phase the IADT team entirely reconfigured the layout and flow of the tasks a typical user would undertake and radically redesigned the user interface The team provided Vidatum s developers with all the visuals and guidance required to implement the new designs In this respect the project was highly collaborative involving frequent communication and meetings between Vidatum and the IADT team In a second phase of collaboration IADT facilitated user groups with representatives of several Irish universities allowing any particular usability issues to be identified and addressed To support the costs of the project Simon Cullen and Dominic Mullan prepared an application for an Enterprise Ireland Fast Track Innovation Voucher The Fast Track scheme involves the company match funding Enterprise Ireland s contribution so in this case both the company and Enterprise Ireland contributed e5k Following a very successful collaboration Vidatum subsequently applied for a Standard Innovation Voucher securing a further e5k of funding from Enterprise Ireland In essence Vidatum s collaboration with IADT yielded a product which is significantly more attractive to its target audience than was previously the case The Innovation Voucher support provided a good degree of scope for

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3478-2014-more-effective-product-development-via-interface-design-and-usability-expertise (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Innovation in training for providers of advocacy services
    are being delivered effectively and efficiently and that there is adherence to best practice policies and procedures The development of accredited training for managers of such services was therefore recognised as a key priority The School of Business and Humanities at ITB has a team that is actively involved in both private academic research and industry based research consultancy including the delivery of industry specific training programmes The academic team includes practitioners with many years of experience in management and advocacy services By using this expertise together with the facilities and resources available at the Institute and its LINC facility an accredited advocacy programme was developed to meet the needs of CIB The School worked with key stakeholders within the CIB to develop a Special Purpose Award at level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications providing a Certificate in Management Skills for Managers of Advocacy Services The innovative nature of the partnership between CIB and ITB which underpinned programme development ensured its design responded to development manager needs and stands as a good practice model of external engagement in Higher Education The subsequent programme developed is also relevant to managers of advocacy services outside the CIB It offers formal accredited training worth 20 ECTS credits and develops skills and expertise within the following areas Managing Advocacy Services Advocacy Casework and Supervision Principles and Practice of Advocacy Strategic Planning Leadership Human Resource Management Motivating Teams and Individuals Managing Conflict and Problem Solving This wider relevance is reflected in the 2013 participant cohort which includes those from Third Age Advocacy service which supports the needs of older people CIB took on a significant proportion of the development cost for the programme and were intensively involved through the accreditation process and continue to be the key stakeholder for the successful delivery of

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Inclusion of learners with Intellectual Disability in mainstream third level education
    ITB s Department of Humanities This provides ready access to trained and experienced social care workers who also teach in the discipline This unique partnership between ITB and DoC has resulted in the development of a fulltime two year four semester NFQ level 3 general life and work skills programme for those with ID This is provided on a campus that is very easy to navigate for those with perceptual and cognitive difficulties and is integrated with existing ITB mainstream provision at NFQ level 7 The modules being offered include personal and professional development health and wellbeing creative studies and horticulture In December 2009 the first six learners commenced the programme and in March 2012 it received formal validation from FETAC now QQI The learners from DoC and students from ITB attend the same tutorials and are taught in integrated classes despite studying at differing NFQ levels In order to achieve a smooth fit between the two levels of delivery required a number of supports and procedural considerations are in place The project is funded by the DoC which supports a coordinator and pays part tuition fees for the learners ITB meanwhile provides premises and learning facilities pro bono AIB innovation funding was provided in 2010 which allowed an outcomes study to be completed and this facilitated the roll out of the pilot project onto an official footing It was found that the programme enabled those with ID to participate in education for life work in a supported and challenging environment It also allowed them to achieve an accredited qualification at NFQ level 3 As an additional benefit it was found that the experience of integrated education was highly valued by the general body of students who were a part of the initiative and who learned alongside the learners with

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3481-2014-inclusion-of-learners-with-intellectual-disability-in-mainstream-third-level-education (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: An innovative partnership to improve patient care
    planting schemes via low maintenance regimes Having had discussions in 2012 with management at the hospital regarding the benefits of horticultural therapy within a healthcare context a relationship developed between ITB and the hospital management which led to this project The hospital needed qualified experienced horticulturists to analyse several sites and design a new landscape scheme that would provide visual interest and scope for passive and active enjoyment of the gardens with minimum maintenance requirements ITB had experienced horticulture lecturers with an enthusiast core of students interested in participating in community collaborations on a voluntary basis In 2012 a small internal courtyard adjacent to an internal corridor of the main hospital was renovated redesigned and replanted This area was highly visible but completely enclosed on four sides overlooked by a busy café an intensive care unit and several secondary corridors A larger courtyard was identified as a suitable location for a family room and area to assist social care practitioners in supporting families at a time when a relative was seriously ill or dying Students researched therapeutic gardens appropriate planting types worked with prominent nursery proprietors to source appropriate plant material and identified features which would allow the security privacy and comfort required in such a crisis When completed this space will include seating screens and a play area for children To support the project Connolly Hospital received a grant of e8 500 from the Irish Hospice under the Design and Dignity grant scheme In kind support was also given by hospital staff from the estates social care environmental and nursing functions ITB provided time and expertise as in kind support to the hospital from both the academic staff and student body Two courtyard areas have been transformed within the hospital which have added to the care and support which

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