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Galway company to participate in major €3 million EU medical devices project

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Crospon Ltd, the medical device manufacturer based in Galway, has been selected to take up a leading role in the €3 million EU FP7 FaBiMed project.

Togerther with Adama Innovations Ltd., a spin-out company based at CRANN, the Science Foundation Ireland funded nanoscience institute in Trinity College Dublin, they will receive a total of almost €600k in funding from the EU FP7 funding stream, the EU’s main instrument for funding research in Europe.

They join four other companies and a number of research institutes from the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Portugal and Spain as part of the project.

FaBiMed is a European Commission project that aims to use nanoscience research to develop advanced manufacturing techniques for medical devices. Nanoscience has the potential to vastly improve medical devices resulting in smaller, more sophisticated medical implants, e.g. heart stents, rapid point-of-care diagnostics and efficient, painless drug delivery.

CRANN, Ireland’s leading nanoscience institute has provided support to both Adama Ltd. and to Crospon Ltd.

Commenting on the involvement of both companies, Professor John Boland, Director of CRANN, said, “It is fantastic, during Nanoweek 2013, to see such recognition for Irish nanoscience research at an EU level. Nanoscience research is moving from the lab to commercialisation and it’s encouraging to see some of our leading SMEs working on projects that could have real economic impact.”

Crospon Ltd. is a medical device manufacturer established in Galway in 2006, which is developing leading edge minimally invasive medical devices for surgery in the oesophagus and stomach. As part of FaBiMed, Crospon Ltd. will lead the demonstration team and will test the effectiveness of new devices produced in FaBiMed, using nanoscience methods.

John O’Dea, CEO of Crospon said: “We are delighted to be chosen to participate in this project. For over 6 years, we have been working on developing more sophisticated and innovative medical devices. Nanoscience research can open up a world of possibilities for the future of medicine, and the fact that the EU is recognising this and investing in this project, is extremely encouraging.”

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GMIT’s new Head of its Business School

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Dr George Onofrei, Head of the GMIT School of Business.

GMIT has announced the appointment of Dr George Onofrei as the new Head of its School of Business, commencing this month.

Prior to joining GMIT, Dr Onofrei was Senior Lecturer in Strategic Development in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

He has over 15 years’ experience in academia as well as considerable industry practice within the automotive, food and retail sector. He brings experience and a proven track record of success in the development of new programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

“I look forward to continuing the development of new programmes and creating new opportunities within the School of Business working with both staff and industry partners,” said Dr Onofrei.

He succeeds Professor Graham Heaslip who was appointed Head of the GMIT School of Engineering, following Gerard MacMichael’s retirement.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Corrib Oil’s national expansion

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Galway-headquartered Corrib Oil, one of Ireland’s leading service station and oil distribution providers has entered an agreement to acquire H2 Group.

While subject to approval by the competition regulator, this deal will see Corrib Oil acquire 13 high quality retail sites based across the south and east of Ireland, expanding the Corrib Retail footprint to 33 stores in total.

It means Corrib Oil will operate across 54 sites in 16 counties, employing over 1,000 people.

The new sites are located in Kerry; Kildare; Limerick; Tipperary; Dublin; Laois, Offaly and Cork.

Established in 1987, Corrib Oil employs 700 people across 14 counties in the West, Midlands and South.

The company, which was founded in Claremorris, is headquartered in Parkmore on the east side of Galway city. It operates two distinct divisions, Corrib Retail and Corrib Distribution.

Corrib Retail currently operates 20 convenience stores with forecourts; while Corrib Distribution, a leading distributor of heating oils and fuel, operates through 21 depots across 14 counties.

Having maintained a 22-year relationship with BWG Foods, all Corrib Retail convenience stores are branded as Spar, while all forecourts are branded Circle K or Texaco, with instore partners including Insomnia and Chopped.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New course helps make sense of Artificial Intelligence and its uses

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Managers in Galway companies who would like to learn how they could put artificial intelligence (AI) to work for their organisations are being encouraged to sign up for a new course.

It comes as research found that 50% of organisations around the world have adopted AI in at least one function, while 79% of organisations are also exploring or piloting AI projects.

Of those companies who have implemented AI, 63% report revenue increases in the relevant business units.

The new Artificial Intelligence for Managers postgraduate certificate is being offered by NUI Galway to those who wish to get a better understanding of AI and its implications for business and enterprises.

Participants do not need to have any coding skills; this non-technical programme will focus instead on the strategic use of AI and how businesses and management can approach the practical implementation of AI technologies within their company. Candidates will learn about the practicalities necessary for successful AI adoption including data and skills requirements, ethics and legal issues. As such the programme would suit those in management positions in sectors like telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, biomedical, finance, marketing, automotive and more.

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