New Commercialisation Chief to help drive greater economic benefit from State’s €800million R&D budget – Minister Bruton, Minister Sherlock

18th July, 2013


Appointment of Dr Alison Campbell as Director of Technology Transfer will help turn good ideas into good jobs

18 July 2013

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD, together with the Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, today (Thursday) welcomed the announcement of Dr. Alison Campbell as the Director of Technology Transfer.  Dr. Campbell has been appointed to head up the soon to be established central Technology Transfer Office, which will be located in Enterprise Ireland.

Today’s announcement represents the early delivery of a key commitment in the Action Plan for Jobs 2013, and is a significant step in making
it easier to commercialise and ultimately create jobs from ideas developed through publicly-funded research, which currently receives total funding of over €800million per year.

Minister Bruton said: “Ireland has built up a substantial infrastructure, expertise and international reputation for scientific research and innovation.  In 2013, we are ranked 10th out of 142 countries for innovation and 13th for university/industry research collaboration. The quality of our research and innovation contributes significantly to the
success of our enterprise base – but we must do more to build on this success.

“I believe strongly that effective industry-academic collaboration is essential for the successful translation of the best new ideas from the lab into innovative new products and services – and ultimately, the delivery of good quality sustainable jobs for our people. Delivering major improvements in this area is a key part of our Action Plan for Jobs.

“The appointment of Dr Campbell and her team will establish a one-stop shop for businesses seeking to use ideas deriving from publicly-funded research. This will make it easier for companies to access and use ideas developed through publicly-funded research to develop new products and services and ultimately turn good ideas into good jobs.

“I wish Dr Campbell and her team every success”.

Minister Sherlock said:  “I am delighted that Ireland has secured someone of the proven calibre of Dr. Campbell to build on our success in generating ‘engines of innovation’ within our third level campuses.  Dr. Campbell has a wealth of experience in both industry and research, making her particularly well placed to lead this new office and work together with Research Performing Organisations to accelerate the translation of Ireland’s public research investments into economic impact and commercialisation opportunities.

“I am delighted also to see the close collaboration between Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Universities Association in working on this new office and in the appointment of the new Director. This collaborative approach reflects the shared ambition, across enterprise and research agencies, to encourage collaboration and accelerate the delivery of
specific economic outcomes from our investment in research, through complementary initiatives such as the establishment of this office, the implementation of research prioritisation and the extension of the remit of Science Foundation Ireland into the applied research arena.

“I now look forward to working closely with Dr. Campbell, the Irish Universities Association, Enterprise Ireland and the existing Technology Transfer Offices, to further this agenda.” 

The central Technology Transfer Office is currently being established and is expected to be up and running by October 2013.

For further information contact: Roisin McCann, Press Officer, Dept. of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Tel. 631 2222, Mobile 087-2594144.