The UL Nexus Innovation Centre was one of three campus based Innovation Hubs that was invited to present at a Leinster House briefing session on the 27th of June 2018. The session organised by Senator Pádraig Ó’Céidigh aimed to give Oireachtas members and staff an opportunity to meet and learn from various successful Irish University innovation hubs, highlighting the relationship between academia and business. A brochure profiling UL Nexus Innovation Centre, DCU Alpha and GMIT Innovation Hubs was circulated in advance to all TDs and Senators in Leinster House.
UL was represented on the day by Paul Dillon, Director of the Technology Transfer Office) and Dr Jakki Cooney co-founder of UL spinout Cala Medical, also based in the Nexus Innovation Centre. Cala Medical have designed and patented a unique device containing a specific immobilized enzyme which treats the excessive inflammatory response in the blood of sepsis patients. The treatment could dramatically cut the death rate from sepsis which is a highly prevalent and often fatal illness requiring intensive medical care.
The session was well attended by TDs and Senators and a lively discussion followed the talks. The TDs and senators expressed a genuine interest in Dr Jakki Cooney’s presentation and the journey she has taken from academic to entrepreneur. The session was also attended by Tom Neville TD, who was at one time based in the Nexus Innovation Centre and he spoke very positively at the event about the entrepreneurial community that existed in his time at Nexus.