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Ireland and Wales form €12m research network

22/11/2016

Announced on 9 November, the €12m Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network, Calin, includes six universities and multinational firms Unilever and GE Healthcare, who will collaborate to assist up to 240 small to medium-sized enterprises in the two countries.

Funding for the network comes from the European Regional Development Fund through the
Ireland Wales Territorial Cooperation programme. It is investing €9 million with the rest coming
from matched funding.

The six academic partners include University College Dublin, National University of Ireland
Galway, Tyndall National Institute with University College Cork, Bangor University, Cardiff
University and Swansea University.

Companies with R&D projects under the scheme will form collaborative partnerships with both an Irish and a Welsh university over a one to three-year period. Firms will be offered open access to academic discoveries and technology development expertise to help them innovate and introduce new products and services.

The network will offer help with research, downstream development and innovation support, the scheme’s promoters said in a statement. The underlying goal is to support longer-term cooperation across the Irish Sea with Wales and help promote industrial partnerships, they said.
UCD’s Ken Dawson, director of the Centre for Bionano Interactions, is the Irish Calin coordinator and Sharen Doak, director of Swansea University’s Centre for Nanohealth, will coordinate the scheme in Wales.

Stephen Barnwell of Unilever said that the network would offer an opportunity for businesses to
work with higher education institutions in the two jurisdictions. It offered great benefits to
businesses in the health and life sciences, he said.

22 Nov 16, 11:04
By Dick Ahlstrom

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