airmid Research Data Highlighted at Innovation Convention by European Commissioner

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December 14th, 2011

airmid healthgroup’s data was singled out for praise at the recent inaugural Innovation Convention 2011 in Brussels. The Convention was led by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.

airmid-biomedical-research-data-highlighted-at-innovation-convention-by-European-Commissioner_sThe airmid data was a key aspect to an Irish research project on ceramic tiles that can kill pathogens. The project, one of 50 selected from over 450 EU Research Projects to participate in Europe’s premier innovation event, was driven by researchers at the Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology (CREST), part of the Dublin Institute of Technology and Radical Coatings, a company that develops advanced coating technologies, including photocatalytic coatings for hygiene control.

The tiles were on display at EU Innovation Convention in Brussels and the EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn visited the stand at the convention to learn about this innovative project.

Tests carried out at airmid healthgroup in Dublin validated that the technology is 99.99 % efficient at killing the hospital ‘superbug’ MRSA, E. coli and Trichophyton rubrum (the fungus that causes athlete’s foot).

The photocatalytic antibacterial surface coating technology developed by a research team at DIT was converted into a commercial product (using funding from Enterprise Ireland) by Robert Hickson, MD of VitrA Ireland, who has applied the light activated surface technology for use on ceramics.

According to Dr Martin Lyes, Enterprise Ireland, “this shows how EU funding for networking in science brought together leading companies, research centres and universities, enhancing Europe’s innovation and creating jobs”.

There was a strong Irish based innovation theme running through the whole convention. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, was asked by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn during the question and answer session why Google chose Ireland to be its European headquarters. Schmidt confirmed it was due to the innovation culture in Ireland and particularly access to strong local graduate talent. This endorsement of Ireland and its young entrepreneurs was also being transmitted live by Webinar around the world. It is heartening to see Irish entrepreneurs and Ireland doing so well on a key European platform.

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