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First DCU Ph.D. Students Complete IP and Commercialisation Module
|8th June 2009
The first cohort of Ph.D. students taking DCUâ€™s Intellectual Property (IP) and Commercialisation module (GS601) marked the completion of the module recently, with a presentation of their new business ideas to academics and knowledge transfer experts.
The innovative new module has been introduced in line with Government policy to enhance the transfer of knowledge from the university sector to the corporate world. It aims to give Ph.D. students a practical introduction to the protection and management of intellectual property in a university research environment.
From left: Dr. Teresa Hogan (DCUBS), Ms. Emma Oâ€™Neill (Invent DCU), Mr. Martin Oâ€™Connor (Ph.D. scholar), Mr. Robert Burger (Ph.D. scholar), Mr. Joseph Cullen (Ph.D. scholar), Prof. Gary Murphy (Director of Graduate School).
The innovative new module has been introduced in line with Government policy to enhance the transfer of knowledge from the university sector to the corporate world. It aims to effectively manage and protect the knowledge created through scientific research and discovery by giving Ph.D. students a practical introduction to the protection and management of intellectual property in a university research environment.
Delivered by DCUBS and Invent DCU, the module offers a unique learning experience, as it enables international, interdisciplinary and inter-level (students at different stages in the Ph.D. process) to work together to explorethe commercial potential of scientific knowledge. All DCU faculties were represented in the first cohort of students.
The Intellectual Property (IP) and Commercialisation module marks the first stage in the implementation of DCUâ€™s Leaders in Science, Engineering and Technology (L-SET) programme, which aims to equip research scholars at the university with business and transferrable skills. The module is delivered through a series of half-day workshops, which are led by academic entrepreneurs and experts in the fields of intellectual property and technology transfer. Topics include intellectual property, patent searching, research records, business planning, market evaluation and analysis. The module coordinators are Dr. Teresa Hogan of DCUBS and Emma Oâ€™Neill of Invent DCU.
Among the business ideas presented by the first graduates of the module was a diabetes breath monitor, a cosmetic antioxidant sensor, a new light source for backlighting in mobile telephones using alternative LED light technologies, an automated laboratory assistant, and a diagnostic device for the detection of cancer cells.
prize went to an inter faculty group from Physics and
Computing for the Automated Laboratory Assistant system,
which automates the configuration process and allows for
greater accuracy and interoperability in terms of
information sharing. The winning team members were Martin
O'Connor, Robert Burger and Joseph Cullen.
information on the GS601 Module on IP and Commercialisation,
contact Graduate Research Office (www.dcu.ie/graduate_research/).