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Technology Transfer Office

The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is responsible for supporting and developing the university’s innovative activity. The TTO's primary mission is the commercialisation of the university's expertise for the benefit of UL and the wider community.

This is delivered through: promoting and supporting the initiation, growth and development of campus companies facilitating and strengthening research and partnering contacts with industry developing the university's intellectual property working with the development agencies to enhance the competitive position of existing industry in the mid-west, and to attract mobile investment to this region.

Services provided by UL's Technology Transfer Office include:

  • Facilitating University-industry research collaborations
  • Supporting inward investment in the mid-west regions
  • Enabling knowledge transfer to industry  and society
  • Commercialising University of Limerick Intellectual Property
  • Facilitating new campus company formation and development
  • Providing support for  new high potential start-up businesses at the Nexus Innovation Centre
  • Negotiating and drafting research agreements for industry engagement with UL.

The University of Limerick has an established reputation for being Ireland's leading university in industry-led research. This has resulted in significant research commercialisation activities and collaboration between our leading researchers and industry. All of our key research indicators are showing strong growth, with increases in research applications, research income, postgraduate numbers and commercialisation activities complementing the strong gains in research outputs.


Our Team


Paul Dillon - Director, Technology Transfer Office

Paul is responsible for knowledge transfer and enterprises support policy, services and processes within the Office of Vice President Research. These include; facilitation of university-industry research collaboration, knowledge transfer, intellectual property management, technology transfer and licensing, enterprise development, campus company formation, research contract negotiations, and the development and administration of appropriate support services and quality assurance systems. He is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from TCD and a Masters in Technology from UL.


Phone: +353 61 202611

Dr. Margaret Lawlor - Case Manager, Life Sciences

Margaret works with researchers in UL in the field of lifesciences to help them maximise the impact of their research to the benefit of Ireland and the world. Margaret has more than 20 years’ experience in developing and commercialising technology in roles ranging from R&D Principal Investigator and Intellectual Property Officer in the Diagnostics industry to Business Development Manager in the University Sector both in the UK and Ireland. She has extensive experience in Collaborative Research, Contract Research, Consultancy and supporting university Spinouts to secure finance and investment the lifescience field. Margaret is RTTP accredited in Technology Transfer, has an PhD in Biochemistry from UCD and a BSc in Biochemistry from UCC.


Phone: +353 61 202212

Conor Morris - Case Manager, ICT

Conor’s role is to enable the University of Limerick to achieve strategic goals knowledge transfer and business engagement in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) by delivering professional support services to University faculty, research staff and industry in the field of ICT. Principal activity is managing and commercialising intellectual property arising from the university’s research activities in the information and communications technology (ICT) area. Conor is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional , qualified to a Master’s degree level in computer engineering, complemented with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA)


Phone: +353 61 234842

John Gleeson - Case Manager, Engineering

John manages the University’s Engineering portfolio of technologies. John works with UL researchers to commercialise new technologies. This support ranges from patenting, proposal preparation, research agreement negotiation, licensing etc. John also works with UL researchers to facilitate collaborations with industry either directly or through larger research centres. He also works with new company founders who are commercialising UL research through the formation of new start-up companies.John has over 20 years’ experience in technology development and commercialisation. He has worked in a variety of engineering and business development roles in the US and Ireland prior to working in UL.  John is RTTP accredited in Technology Transfer, holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from UL and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from UCD.


Phone: +353 61 234683

Simone Power - Marketing & Communications Officer

Simone graduated from the University of Limerick with a Degree in Marketing and has over six years’ experience in the marketing industry.
In her role within the TTO, Simone works closely with external stakeholders to capture impact, document outcomes and create a positive narrative around knowledge transfer and industry-academia research collaboration activities.


Joan is responsible for coordinating technology transfer support services to its consortium partner, the Limerick Institute of Technology. The aim of the consortium is share technology transfer resources and expertise to deliver a professional and responsive service to Industry, spin-out companies and our academic communities


Phone: +353-61-202513

Lana is responsibility for the day to day operation, management and administration of the Technology Transfer Office


Phone: +353-61-234124

Knowledge Transfer Ireland

Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) works with business, investors, higher education institutes, state research organisations, research funders and government agencies to facilitate the transfer of state-funded technology, ideas and expertise to businesses to drive innovation. The KTI website provides additional information on funding available and what to expect when engaging with a higher education institute such as the University of Limerick.

Limerick Technology Transfer Consortium

UL Technology Transfer Office has partnered with Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) to form the Limerick Technology Transfer Consortium. The aim of the Consortium is to share technology transfer resources and expertise to deliver a professional and responsive service to Industry, spin-out companies and our academic communities. 

The consortium will increase Industry engagement with its members and provide enhanced support for existing and new companies.  This is facilitated by a consistent approach across the Consortium to the delivery of services such as technology transfer, research collaboration and licensing of intellectual property. 
For more information on the Limerick Consortium please contact: Dr. Joan O’Sullivan.