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CALIN Launch Events a Success in Ireland and Wales

11/04/2017

The CALIN project is set to push boundaries in the life-science sector following its hugely successful launch events in Ireland and Wales last month. The Irish launch event at Tyndall National Institute showcased a range of expertise including cell biology, nanomedicine, wearable sensor systems and smart implants.


The event was a great opportunity for SMEs to find out more about what CALIN can offer but also gave SMEs the opportunity to present their technology challenges and give their view of the CALIN project. Businesses were also able to engage directly with CALIN with one to one project development meetings enabling the establishment of key collaborations.


On discussing the CALIN launch in Ireland, Dr Paul Galvin, Head of ICT for Health at Tyndall National Institute and member of the CALIN board said:


“It was clearly evident from the many company presentations during the two days, that CALIN will provide a unique opportunity to leverage synergies, and support new value chains across both regions. We in Tyndall are delighted to be part of this project, and look forward to working with the academic and industry partners in Ireland and Wales.”

 

One of the SMEs involved in the CALIN event at Tyndall was Jellagen, a Pembrokeshire based SME who produce collagen products sourced from jellyfish. Jellagen are currently working on a collaborative project with Swansea Universities Centre for Nanohealth and  NUI Galway. Andrew Mearns Spragg, CEO of Jellagen, said about the event:


“The CALIN event provided a fantastic platform to network with a range of academic and industrial colleagues. Jellagen is excited to be part of the CALIN project and we look forward to working with our partners to develop robust research into products with real commercial potential”


As well as talks from the SMEs, keynote presentations on the CALIN project were delivered by Eoin O’Driscoll, Chairman and Acting Tyndall CEO, CALIN coordinator, Shareen Doak and Dr Ciarán Duffy of Enterprise Ireland. Dr Ciarán Duffy discussed the importance of CALINs role by saying:


“We have got to increase the value of what we bring to the market and CALIN provides an opportunity for small companies to become more competitive in a global market.”


Prior to the launch of CALIN at Tyndall, CALINs Welsh launch event took place at the BioWales 2017 conference hosted at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff. The CALIN team hosted a stand over the two day event and the CALIN project was presented in a keynote talk by CALIN academics Dr Paul Galvin and Prof Shareen Doak. On discussing the role of CALIN, Prof Shareen Doak, from Swansea Universities Institute of Life Science, said:


“CALIN will support innovation and growth of SMEs to create new life science technologies to improve healthcare, addressing patient and societal needs”


The Welsh launch was a big success for CALIN with the initiation of several long-term collaborations. The BioWales conference also marked the launch of the CALIN website, providing events information, case studies, latest news and the opportunity to register with CALIN.


The success of CALIN so far can be seen in the fact that more than 20 collaborative R&D projects are already in development with many more at the early discussion stage. Moreover, CALIN has the funding and framework in place to help 240 Irish and Welsh SMEs. This puts CALIN in a position to initiate many more collaborative R&D projects. At present, the CALIN team is actively looking to collaborate with small businesses across Ireland and Wales in the life-science sector. If you think your business could benefit from working with CALIN or if you’d like to find out more about what CALIN can offer get in touch (info@calin.wales / info@calin.ie), or register your interest online at www.calin.wales / www.calin.ie. Follow us on twitter @Calin_LifeSci.

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