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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Developing an innovative social media strategy for an international television channel
    Glenn Mehta a lecturer in the area of social media communications Glenn s research expertise includes how to leverage social media tools to increase engagement with brands as a route to improved customer satisfaction and increased turnover Glenn is also a researcher in Web 2 0 technologies and has published an Irish focused leading text on social media entitled Infinite Ripple The Social Media Revolution He is a social media strategy advisor to several Irish and European companies and non profit organisations A strategy report was compiled to answer the key research questions posed by the company specifically 1 How can An Lár TV make people Be Part of It i e improve engagement 2 Niches What are the niches that An Lár TV needs to be exploring through the use of social media over the next 12 months 3 Social Media Strategy How can An Lár TV make best use of social media in its overall strategy to boost audience numbers The product of the research was a report and presentation setting out clear findings recommendations and supporting information Key tasks as well as targets and milestones were included in the report in order to ensure that An Lár utilised the strategy to its optimum capacity This included tasks to increase followership likes across social media as well as focusing on longterm brand success by increasing engagement A particular focus was put on tasks that were not resource intensive in terms of time and cost An Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher funded the entire strategy research which was conducted in summer 2012 Initial findings were presented to An Lár TV in September 2012 Partnerships between active academic researchers who are leaders in their field and businesses who seek out their advice can lead to multiple benefits for both parties In

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3483-2014-developing-an-innovative-social-media-strategy-for-an-international-television-channel (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Developing an immunoassay to enhance animal healthcare products
    Industry The centre is supported by the recently built state of the art facilities and equipment in the Centre for Applied Sciences for Health CASH at ITT Dublin MiCRA s core expertise is in the area of biosensor devolvement and rapid diagnostic technology development with a strong track record of company engagement and commercialization in this area To meet Tridelta s needs it was felt that this expertise could be applied to developing a polystyrene enhanced immunoturbidimetric assay that would deliver the performance characteristics of an ELISA assay while concurrently being suitable for high throughput sample analysis Particle enhanced immunoturbidimetric assays are liquid in format consisting of a two reagent system Reagent 2 R2 contains covalently bound anti CRP antibodies in a stabilization matrix Reagent 1 R1 when combined with samples and subsequently R2 initiates a reaction that is measured photometrically It was of critical importance that the assay was optimized to ensure the concentration of CRP in the sample was directly proportional to signal measured This work was undertaken successfully by the MiCRA centre which also provided technical transfer support to the company and sourced installed and validated an appropriate bulk manufacturing system for the assay The project produced a fully optimized microparticle enhanced immunoturbidimetric assay for canine CRP The assay was successfully validated by five independent international sites and was demonstrated to be equivalent in analytical performance to the predicate ELISA test As a result the assay is now commercially available from Tridelta which in turn has enabled the company to target new markets generating exports and revenue The success of the project has further enhanced the company s reputation as a leader in the acute phase protein diagnostic markets As of release Tridelta s immunoturbidimetric assay is a world first for specifically detecting canine CRP a major

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3484-2014-developing-an-immunoassay-to-enhance-animal-healthcare-products (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Fabricating coupons of bioresorbable polymers for use in medical technologies
    which is widely utilised in the medical technologies sector will have on the biodegradation rates of the materials involved The Precision Engineering and Manufacturing PEM Centre at IT Sligo has a dedicated polymer welding workstation as well as access to a wide range of equipment for microscopic inspection mechanical testing and chemical analysis The Centre also possesses over 50 man years of industrially focused research expertise in the areas of laser based manufacturing biodegradable polymer processing engineering design and quality control Through its network of industrial contacts in the medical technologies sector the PEM Centre is well positioned to disseminate this expertise to industry in Ireland Research by the centre to date has involved fabricating coupons of bioresorbable materials These coupons were laser welded and the resulting assemblies were degraded in an incubator under conditions similar to the biological environment found in the body Quantitative indicators of the degradation process were made by careful mass loss measurements and chemical analysis of degradation by products Microscopic inspection was also carried out at regular intervals since in implant applications it is important to monitor the degradation fragmentation process The research has been funded in the main through the award of an IT Sligo President s Bursary to the student working on the project Industry sector feedback has been provided to the project via an Industry Open Day organised by the PEM Centre and through bilateral interactions between relevant companies and the project team The research has provided clear information on a measurable effect that laser welding has on the degradation rate of a particular bioresorbable material It has also enabled the development of a framework in which other materials can be assessed The Centre envisages that the research activity will provide the basis for focused collaborative projects with specific industry partners seeking

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3485-2014-fabricating-coupons-of-bioresorbable-polymers-for-use-in-medical-technologies (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Facilitating commercialisation of new technology for production of nutritional compounds
    bioactive production and identifying optimal culture reaction conditions for maximal bioactive production and recovery To further the progression of the project Shannon ABC received two unique proprietary pilot scale photobioreactors on site from the company Shannon ABC developed standard operating procedures for the transfer of results from laboratory scale reaction conditions to the large scale industrial reactors Shannon ABC and Algae Health Ltd then operated the large scale reactors for a period of over 18 months addressing technical processing issues and optimising tank conditions Funding was secured from the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership programme for this 2 year project The company provided 20 of the costs as well as working very closely with the research team and providing the bioreactors noted above to facilitate the process and method development as well as subsequent technology transfer A range of tasks were completed during the project including Development of core process and technology required for progress of the company Scalable supercritical fluid extraction process for extraction purification and enrichment of target molecules Transfer of technology and knowledge to Algae Health A cost benefit analysis identifying the cost effectiveness of the commercial process when compared to traditional photobioreactor cultivation of microalgae for high value products Direct in line quantification methods using Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectroscopy By providing access to a dedicated post doctoral scientist the project allowed the identification of the best micro algal strains for commercial production It also facilitated the optimisation of media formulations and growth protocols in a scalable cost effective manner In this way the research partnership led to the identification and implementation of a number of solutions to key technical challenges It developed processes to commercially and competitively produce bio active molecules from micro algae on a pilot scale These solutions have improved bio active yields as well

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3486-2014-facilitating-commercialisation-of-new-technology-for-production-of-nutritional-compounds (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Developing and testing new products for the food industry
    current offering of prepared meats The evaluation of consumer products using sensory techniques has revolutionised the food development process and it was hoped deploy these techniques to support new product development The Food Development Service at Limerick Institute of Technology LIT provides sensory focus group and consumer evaluation for product development This group has developed food evaluation into a highly scientific technique for market testing This involves a rigorous research method that measures product taste aroma texture flavour appearance and cooking packaging requirements This methodology identifies the key characteristics that drive consumer choice and hence optimizes the product s market performance The Service tested 35 of Garretts meat products for acceptability and rated each product for consumer preference A detailed sensory assessment and suggested areas for improvement were provided for each product In addition a range of prepared vegetable recipes were developed for the client to offer as a new product range Cooking and packaging recommendations for new products were delivered by the Service s trained chef Due to changes in the market place and competitive pressures businesses are now constantly refining improving and changing what they do and produce Acceptability testing assists with these processes and minimizes the risk associated with new product development and change The product development carried out by the Food Development Service at LIT for Garretts Butchers was funded by Enterprise Ireland innovation vouchers As a result Garretts Butchers now has a list of preferred products on which to proceed with innovative development This is an integral part of product modification and ensures the focus is on key product lines The research meant the brands that were highly rated could face the competition with confidence and that Garretts products were formulated in line with Irish consumer palates In addition the company was provided with a

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3487-2014-developing-and-testing-new-products-for-the-food-industry (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014 A wireless counting based system to monitor crab fishing
    has major implications for cost and efficiency The company approached WiSAR Lab at LYIT in 2012 to investigate if there was a way technology could be used to solve this problem After a number of discussions WiSAR Lab identified a new wireless solution for the problem WiSAR Lab has many years experience in developing innovative wireless solutions for industry and specialises in wireless Body Area Network research The added challenge to this project is brought by the harsh conditions on the deck offering a wet and salty environment The sensors mounted on the pots must also be cost effective yet sufficiently robust to survive on the seabed for up to two weeks Dr Nick Timmons WiSAR Lab Principal Investigator explains The introduction of wireless sensor technology into the fi shing industry is in itself innovative Developing an accurate counting system for fishing pots caught crabs sea bed temperature readings and GPS mappings is going to play a major and vital role assisting the Irish fishing industry in shaping future strategies It s great to see cutting edge technology being applied in a novel way adds Michael Gallagher of Bord Iascaigh Mhara commenting on the McBride Project If a solution is found within this project then it should have wider applications McBride Fishing Ltd is constantly innovating both on board their vessels and onshore to improve their business This is key to their success as they are marketing a challenging product essentially they have to get their living product to as far afield as China I think there is real scope for the fishing industry to develop further projects with WiSAR Lab and other high tech solution providers to resolve many issues and add real value to the sector Peter McBride Jnr of McBride Fishing outlined some of the system s

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3488-2014-a-wireless-counting-based-system-to-monitor-crab-fishing (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Collaboration to develop a new accredited approach to innovation management
    in the public sector Bringing together international best practice from world renowned practitioners and academics in innovation it is the only jointly accredited North South programme of its kind Its key features include transforming public service reform provision flexible delivery in locations North and South Action Learning bringing innovation to the workplace assessment based on delivering innovative organisational change projects innovative collaboration between Governments and Higher Education partners North and South The programme was developed by Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the University of Ulster in response to specific needs identified by the Office of An Taoiseach and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister Workshops were held North and South and senior public servants were instrumental in deciding on the content structure and philosophy of the programme The programme responds dynamically to emerging agendas internationally and nationally driving best practice in public service innovation The programme is ongoing and the targeted outcomes are to promote North South collaboration with tangible outputs in terms of public service improvements to develop an all island network of public sector innovation expertise to create opportunities for closer working relationships between senior public servants North and South and to leverage international best practice via action learning to effect sustained public service innovation Participants programme fees and associated costs are paid by their sponsoring departments Over 150 senior public service managers North and South have successfully completed the programme from 2004 to date 50 departments and agencies across the island have benefitted from the programme Specific examples of transformational change initiatives include public services ID card integration of Child Health Services in the HSE development of on line revenue service and the research partnership project Collaborative networks as a resource for public service development in Ireland and Northern Ireland a joint initiative

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3489-accelerating-development-of-best-business-start-up-27 (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Development of the North West Regional Science Park
    Belfast today having started ten years ago with one building and no tenants it comprises 6 buildings over 25 acres housing 119 companies in a commercial community which offers agile connected workspace for growth helping to turn research into invention and invention into innovation NISP and LYIT undertook a feasibility study detailed economic appraisal and business plan which formed the basis of an application to the EU INTERREG IVA programme The partners received approval for the 12m NWRSP project in November 2012 It aims to stimulate a step change in the economic prospects for the North West cross border region Emulating and inspired by the success of the NISP based in Belfast the project will contribute to the creation of an economically vibrant and innovative region and have a positive and sustainable impact on the North West economies of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland To this end the NWRSP will provide 70 000 sq ft across two locations of high quality flexible space creating an environment that supports business start up activity and encourages and facilitates business growth within the knowledge sector A 50 000 sq ft facility at the Fort George site in Derry Londonderry will be completed in July 2014 A 20 000 sq ft knowledge intensive workspace an extension of the existing CoLab facility at LYIT will be completed in June 2015 It is envisaged that the NWRSP will become a hotbed of activity involving businesses that are commercially exploiting knowledge It will create an environment to support businesses in the knowledge economy providing support through their growth and R D phases Leveraging NISP s world class reputation and operating models NWRSP will provide an environment where indigenous and international business can develop close inter relations with the centres of knowledge creation in the

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3490-2014-development-of-the-north-west-regional-science-park (2016-02-11)
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