Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland recently signed an agreement to create a consortium that will allow them to work closely together to effectively exploit research outcomes linked to health and clinical expertise.
The consortium, the association of several groups, was created under the Enterprise Ireland Technology Transfer Strengthening Initiative Phase 2 (TTSI2) programme, with financial support from Enterprise Ireland, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).
The partnership will primarily focus on sharing the institutions' resources. It aims to share knowledge, expertise, process and procedures between the two institutions.
Speaking at the launch of the consortium, Diarmuid O’Brien, Director of Trinity Research & Innovation said, “Today’s agreement will enable both institutions to build an existing synergy based on a joint expertise in medical research.
"Through the sharing of knowledge transfer experience, as well as leveraging our respective clinician linkages through our teaching hospitals, we plan to enhance this relationship to deliver value to both institutions, to industry, and ultimately to Ireland.”
Both TCD and RCSI share the objectives of implementing best practice in technology transfer, providing RCSI with access to the innovation, entrepreneurship and incubation programmes in TCD, and leveraging the broader base academic collaborations in materials, engineering, computer science and the arts and humanities, which can enable and enhance commercialisation and industry engagement.
Opportunities for the health industry to engage with researchers, clinicians and resources in both TCD and RCSI can now be presented by the consortium by combining efforts in knowledge transfer.
Professor Ray Stallings, Director of Research at RCSI welcomed the launch of the TCD-RCSI consortium, stating that, “The consortium provides an important opportunity to provide faster and more efficient translation of research discoveries for the benefit of patients due to the ensuing synergies that will develop on knowledge transfer.”
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