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DCU Invent Podcast Series 

 In our first episode of the DCU Invent Podcast, host Sean Mulvany talks with John Gleeson, the Business Development Director at FPC@DCU. FPC@DCU is a one-stop-shop for microfluidics technology development. With expertise in microfluidic systems design, prototyping and biological optimisation, FPC@DCU works with a wide range of companies that have early-stage technologies to help them with development and commercialisation. Furthermore, FPC@DCU offers manufacturing scale-up capabilities, with access to cutting edge small scale manufacturing, microfluidic injection moulding and automated assembly/bonding systems. FPC@DCU is delighted to talk with you about your diagnostic, microfluidic and sensing challenges.

FPC@DCU is a three-way partnership between Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (Aachen, Germany), and Dublin City University. This Strategic Partnership has the privilege of being the 1st Fraunhofer project centre in Ireland. They have many microfabrication tools (e.g., ultraprecision milling, laser ablation and lithography, hot embossing, adhesive patterning, thermal lamination, 3D printing) and analysis (FRT 3D optical profilometry, electron/light/AF microscopy, spectroscopy, nanoindentation, chromatography, cell culture, mass spectrometry).

You can contact FPC@DCU through our website or via twitter @MicrofluidicsIE

Insight is one of the largest data analytics centres in Europe. 

It seeks to derive value from Big Data and provides innovative technology solutions for industry and society by enabling better decision-making. The centre is an Science Fountation Ireland (SFI) research centre. 

It supports some 450 researchers across areas such as the Fundamentals of Data Science, Sensing and Actuation, Scaling Algorithms, Model Building, Multi Modal Analysis, Data Engineering and Governance, Decision Making and Trustworthy AI.

Their research can be applied across four broad areas:
Augmented Human
Smart Enterprise
Smart Communities

In this episode, podcast host Sean Mulvany talks with Insight Centre CEO, Professor Noel O'Connor, about how the centre is collaborating with companies (small and large), how it is making an impact on the health of the nation and what the future of AI and machine learning may hold.

If you'd like to know more about the centre, visit https://www.insight-centre.org. If you're a company and you feel the Insight Centre can help you with your data challenges contact them here at https://www.insight-centre.org/contact/.

DCU Invent: Gaitkeeper - A conversation with Gaitkeeper CEO, Aidan Boran

The way you walk provides an incredible amount of information about your past, present and future health. Clinicians refer to this as gait analysis. It is widely used in human healthcare as it is an excellent predictive indicator of cognitive and physiological decline. Currently, most gait analyses use the manual, subjective and labour intensive “observational method”. GaitKeeper is a game changing motion capture platform that will address the poorly served observational gait analysis market by providing objectivity, ease of use and portability at low cost. 

In today's episode, Aidan covers how he came up with and developed the technology behind Gaitkeeper, the role of DCU and his clinical collaborators and how he's getting on with investors as he seeks to scale the business.

If you'd like to know more about the company, visit www.gaitkeeper.ie. If you're a healthcare professional seeking to learn more or a potential investor, contact Aidan and the team at aidan.boran@insight-centre.org.