University College Cork, March 2013- UCC and Pfizer announced the 2013 Innovation through Teamwork Awards Winners at an event in UCC. The winning team from UCC (Conor O’ Shea, John McSweeney and Padraig Cantillon- Murphy) were awarded the top prize for their innovative and novel solution to the clinical problem of limited visibility and space during laparoscopic surgery (key hole surgery).
The Innovation through Teamwork Awards were created through a partnership between University College Cork and Pfizer to recognise UCC teams that have collaborated to develop and deliver a new innovative product, process or solution to society though its excellence in research. On Monday evening 11th March, Sean Sherlock, TD, Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation and Department of Education & Skills with responsibility for Research & Innovation presented the awards to the prize winners in UCCs Devere Hall at a ceremony to mark the event attended by representatives from industry, government agencies and the university research community.
Presenting the awards to the successful candidates, Sean Sherlock, TD, Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation and Department of Education & Skills said, “The Innovation through Teamwork awards bring to the foreground the importance of innovation coupled with collaborative links between academia and industry. For Ireland, research and innovation is a cornerstone of our overall economic development policy. The examples of the innovative work here today represents and illustrates the importance that both academia and industry in Ireland place on such initiatives”.
Dr. Liam Tully, Director, Pfizer Global Process Development Centre commented, “Pfizer is a company that has a long history in innovation and it is great to that UCC are just as passionate about science, innovation and technology as we are. Pfizer believe that effective industry – academic collaboration is essential to help create, develop and advance innovative products, services and processes for the wider society”.
Addressing the event, Professor Anita Maguire, UCC Vice-President for Research and Innovation said “We are delighted that we have had the opportunity to work with Pfizer Ireland to recognise these teams’ work. UCC has a tradition of collaborative, team based research. We have established centres that foster excellence across the research spectrum in UCC, bringing multidisciplinary groups together. This award’s focus on innovation through teamwork highlights UCC’s twin commitments of bringing together diverse teams to deliver excellence and to support innovation throughout the University and across the economy and society.”
Two other research teams were awarded at the event for their work. The runners up were recognised for their research on a comparative technique for chemical analysis which can be used in a wide number of applications through a single instrument making it a faster, smaller and more robust solution.
The third award of the evening, which was voted by the audience, went to a UCC team who have developed an effective new technology for the treatment of cancer. The outpatient treatment directly targets the tumour which increases the absorbance of cancer therapies.
Entries were judged by an independent panel of judges comprised of figures from a broad range of fields including academia and enterprise.
Winners of the UCC & Pfizer Innovation Through Teamwork Awards 2013, John McSweeney, Padraig Cantillon- Murphy and Conor O’Shea
Dr. Liam Tully Director, Pfizer Global Process Development Centre, Professor Paul Giller, Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs, UCC, Sean Sherlock TD Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation & Professor Anita Maguire, Vice President for Research at the Innovation Through Teamwork Awards
Published: 27th March 2013.