InterTradeIreland Annual Innovation Conference, 12 and 13 June 2012
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InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme
2012 Annual Conference

Exploiting Industry and University Research,
Development and Innovation: Why it Matters

Institute for Business, Social Sciences and Public Policy
NUI Galway

Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 June 2012

Keynote Speaker

Professor Donald Siegel, University at Albany, SUNY

Professor Donald Siegel is Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Management at the University at Albany, State University of New York, USA. Prof. Siegel also serves as President of the Technology Transfer Society, a non-profit organization devoted to the interdisciplinary scholarly analysis of entrepreneurship and technology transfer from universities and federal laboratories to firms. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and his master’s and doctoral degrees in business economics from Columbia University. After receiving his Ph.D., he was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation post-doctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, under the supervision of the late Zvi Griliches at Harvard. He has taught at SUNY-Stony Brook, Arizona State University, the University of Nottingham, RPI, where he was Chair of the Economics Department, and the University of California-Riverside, where he served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.  Prof. Siegel is an editor of Academy of Management Perspectives and the Journal of Technology Transfer, an associate editor of the Journal of Productivity Analysis, and serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Learning & Education, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Corporate Governance: An International Review, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.  He has also co-edited 30 special issues of leading journals in economics, management, and finance.

Prof. Siegel was recently ranked Number 2 in the world for academic research on university entrepreneurship and Number 760 in the world among academic economists.  He has published 96 articles and 6 books on issues relating to university technology transfer and entrepreneurship, the effects of corporate governance on economic performance, productivity analysis, and corporate and environmental social responsibility in such leading journals in economics, finance, and management as the American Economic Review, Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Research Policy, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of Management. His most recent books are Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Technological Change (Oxford University Press) and the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility (Oxford University Press).  He is currently co-editing the Handbook of University Technology Transfer (University of Chicago Press) and the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Governance (Oxford University Press).

Prof. Siegel has received grants or fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, NSF, Kauffman Foundation, NBER, American Statistical Association, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and the U.S. Department of Labor.  He has also served as a consultant or advisor to the United Nations, the National Research Council, the Council on Competitiveness, the U.K., Italian, and Swedish governments, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Chase Manhattan, the Securities Industry Association, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs & Co, Deloitte and Touche, and the National Association of Manufacturers.  Professor Siegel was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Commerce on “Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Economy” and a member of Governor David Patterson’s Small Business Task Force.  He is co-chair of the National Research Council Committee on “Best Practice in National Innovation Programs for Flexible Electronics” and an advisor to the National Research Council on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Prof. Siegel recently testified before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology regarding re-authorization of the SBIR program.

Dr. Paul Brewster, Pure Marine Gen Ltd.

Dr. Paul Brewster is a Chartered Engineer with over fifteen years of experience on offshore renewable energy projects, technology development and research. Paul is co-founder of Pure Marine, where he leads the company’s Engineering team on a range of projects that address the major challenge facing the growing marine energy industry – how to produce more energy at a lower cost.

After completing his PhD at Queens University on modelling wake effects of underwater turbines, Dr. Brewster designed dynamic subsea systems on offshore Oil & Gas projects. This Research and Engineering experience has been key to the emergence of Pure Marine in this exciting sector.

Brenden Cremen, University College Dublin

Brendan Cremen was recently appointed as Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation at UCD and is based in NovaUCD, where he is responsible for developing the commercialisation and business partnership agenda in the University. Prior to this, Brendan was Director of Technology Transfer at UCC for 5 years, establishing the technology transfer capability and the campus company incubation facilities there. Brendan graduated as an Electronics Engineer from UCC and from 1981 to 1993 he worked in the US in various product development and senior management roles, most specifically with Lattice Semiconductor from founding through IPO. He returned to Ireland in 1993 and worked in Xilinx Ireland from its launch building the R&D capability across all aspects of the business.

Professor Lokesh Joshi, NUI Galway

Professor Joshi is the Stokes Professor of GlycoSciences at National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland. He has a PhD in Biological Sciences and Biochemistry from Bath University, UK. He completed Post-Doctoral and Research Associate experience at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He was an Associate Professor (tenured) in the Department of Bioengineering and Director of Center for Glycoscience and Technologies in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. Professor Joshi co-founded a biotechnology company, Arizona Engineered Therapeutics, which was acquired and the products are currently in FDA clinical trials. Professor Joshi has published over 60 articles and book chapters. He is the Director of SFI funded Alimentary Glycoscience Research Cluster and is the Coordinator of ‘GlycoHIT’ an FP7-Health funded consortium. His laboratory focuses on the role of glycoscience in health and diseases.

Michael McAleer, The Irish Times

Michael McAleer is the Editor of the Innovation Magazine at The Irish Times. He was previously the Special Reports Editor at the newspaper. He is a graduate of University College Dublin and Dublin City University.


Patricia McGovern, DFMG Solicitors

Patricia McGovern is Chairman and Head of the Intellectual Property Department and the Corporate and Commercial Department at DFMG Solicitors. Patricia has practised in almost all areas of corporate and commercial law.  She has considerable expertise in the buying and selling of private companies, public listings both in Ireland and the UK, rights issues, public offers, competition law, pensions and general strategic commercial advice. In her 20 years of practice she has acted in a significant number of high profile acquisitions and public listings and takeovers.

Patricia advises on all aspects of intellectual property law. She is regarded as one of the leading intellectual property lawyers in Ireland and has consistently been highly recommended by many organisations such as 'The Legal 500' for many years. She has considerable experience in advising on brand strategies, protection strategies for patents, trade marks, designs and copyright, from prosecution to registration of trade marks and designs before the Irish Trade Marks Office and the Community Trade Marks & Designs Office, the exploitation of intellectual property rights including licensing arrangements, and on all contentious aspects in intellectual property to include trade mark, copyright and design infringement actions, passing off actions, anti-counterfeiting actions, patent infringement actions, actions for invalidity of patents and for declarations of non-infringement. 

She also deals with all aspects of franchising, data protection and the competition aspects of intellectual property. In addition, she has extensive experience in dealing with issues affecting e-commerce and the internet, all aspects of technology agreements, all types of media contracts and the intellectual property aspects of employment.

Dr. John McKeon, Allergy Standards Ltd.

John is a serial entrepreneur, currently involved in his third successful start-up.  He qualified in Trinity College Dublin, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and also holds his United States Medical Licensing exams.

John is currently  CEO of Allergy Standards Ltd, an international standards and product certification body, working with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and big brands such as Disney, Dyson and LG. John is passionate about entrepreneurship, researching the habit patterns of successful entrepreneurs and mentoring other start-ups.

John graduated first in his class from the Hothouse Programme with a Post Graduate Diploma in new business development and also won the Docklands Innovation Park innovation awards sponsored by the Sunday Business post. He graduated with distinction from the DIT business school with a post graduate diploma in International Selling.

John is a member of the Institute of Directors and a frequent guest speaker at business events. Recent speaking events include the Dublin University Business School, Small Firms Association, the Hothouse program graduation awards as well being a judge at a Ryan Academy of Entrepreneurship business competition.

Dr. Eucharia Meehan, Higher Education Authority

Dr. Eucharia Meehan is Head of Research Programmes and Capital Investment at the Higher Education Authority (HEA), the statutory planning and development body for higher education and research in Ireland.  Recently she has been appointed the Interim Director of the Irish Research Council, the Council having been established by the Minister for Research and Innovation Mr. Sean Sherlock T.D. in late March 2012. 

Since joining the HEA in late 2001, Eucharia has played a key role in policy formulation and strategy development in the higher education and research domain. She is a member of national and international committees, her most recent appointment being to the Prioritization Action Group chaired by Minister Sherlock. She is the Director of the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI) which has, since its inception in 1999, allocated over € 1.2 billion of Exchequer and non-Exchequer funds to develop strategic research infrastructure and capacity. 
Prior to joining the HEA, she was a member of the management team at Elan Biotechnology Research (EBR), specifically as Head of Programme Management with responsibility for sites in Ireland and the USA. In that role she had particular responsibility for the management of formal business collaborations between the EBR and other external third parties. EBR was awarded a National Innovation Award in 2000.
Eucharia holds a PhD in Pharmacology (Neuropharmacology) from NUIG, in addition to a number of postgraduate management, accounting and finance qualifications. She is a former chair of Women in Technology and Science (WITS), the national group which promotes the participation of women in science, engineering and technology, and a former member of the board of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of Ireland. Currently she is a member of the boards of the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT), and the School of Cosmic Physics in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS).