Opportunity in Times of Challenge: Adopting Innovation

Join us from 2pm-3.15pm on March 5th, Local Enterprise Week, to explore access to research expertise and funding in response to times of challenge.

Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways are embedded within Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities nationwide. These 15 Technology Gateways provide Research and Development expertise to industry, of all sizes and all sectors.

The Technology Gateway Network offers three industry focused research & development clusters specialising in the areas of Internet of Things (Applied IoT), engineering, materials & design (EMD) and food & beverage technologies (Irish Food Tech), who have delivered over 4000 innovation projects with 2500 Irish companies.

Hear from Sharon White (EMD), Stephen Seawright (Applied IoT), and Tim Yeomans (Irish Food Tech) as they explore various funding supports and the adoption of research and innovation, across all sectors, in response to an increasingly challenging business environment.



Stephen Seawright- EI Technology Gateway Manager, WiSAR Lab, LYIT

Dr Stephen Seawright has a distinguished track record in business development holding senior roles across several multinational businesses throughout his career. Stephen is Technology Gateway Manager at the WiSAR Lab at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, providing solutions to Irish industry for the Internet of Things (IoT) using expertise in wireless, embedded systems, and power electronics.Stephen engages with idea owners across many sectors to apply hardware and software skills to advanced working prototypes.

Sharon White- EI Technology Gateway Manager, MET, GMIT

Sharon graduated from Dublin City University in 2004 with an honours degree in Medical Mechanical Engineering. In 2005 she took up a position at Cook Medical, where she worked in the Regulatory Affairs department for 2 years before moving to the Research and Development department as an R&D Engineer. For the ensuing 11 years, Sharon worked in the design and development of medical devices for use in endoscopy and has seen several devices to launch. Sharon has been also been awarded two patents. Sharon is currently Gateway Manager at the Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Centre, an interdisciplinary technology centre providing world class solutions for the Medtech and general manufacturing sectors.

Tim Yeomans- EI Technology Gateway Manager, Shannon ABC, IT Tralee, LIT

Dr Tim Yeomans received his Degree in Industrial Biology from the Institute of Technology Carlow and subsequently completed his PhD in Microbiology at University College Cork. Tim has previously held the position of Postdoctoral Fellow in the National Centre for Medical Genetics, Crumlin and the Dublin Dental School and Hospital. He has held various industrial based roles and more recently provided technical and commercial input as Laboratory and Research Manager for a contract research and development company. Tim has held the role of Centre Manager of Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre for 10 years and is responsible for on-going engagement with industry, scientific direction of the Centre as well as commercialisation of research.

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