OxyMem Wins Overall Award at 2014 Intellectual Property Awards

OxyMem has won the Overall Excellence in Intellectual Property Award at the Intellectual Property (IP) Awards 2014. In addition to winning the Tech IP Award.

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Prof. Eoin Casey with Ellen Szymanski, Senior Director, International IP, Global IP Centre at the U.S Chamber of Commerce

The Awards were presented to OxyMem’s co-founder Professor Eoin Casey at the Intellectual Property Conference and Awards event held on Thursday 2nd October in Dublin. The Intellectual Property Awards, devised and organised by Event Strategies, were designed to recognise and celebrate those involved in the IP process and to generate awareness of the wealth that IP creation and monetisation brings to Ireland.

OxyMem was co-founded in 2013 by Professor Eoin Casey and Dr Eoin Syron as spin-out from UCD’s School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering. OxyMem is commercialising a breakthrough technology to address the global need for a more energy efficient aeration solution for wastewater treatment.

Speaking at the event, Professor Eoin Casey, UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering and OxyMem chairman said, “We are delighted to have won the Tech IP of the Year category of this year’s IP Awards among very deserving entries. To win the Overall Excellence in IP award and to be acknowledged by our industry peers is a real honour for both me and also the team.”

Brendan Cremen, UCD Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation said, “Winning these awards demonstrates the strength and quality of the intellectual property emerging from UCD’s research activities and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Professor Eoin Casey and his engineering research teams over many years. OxyMem, supported by our technology transfer team at NovaUCD, is now commercialising world-class UCD research outputs which have global impact, and I wish the founders, management and wider team, continued success in the future.”

Earlier this year OxyMem won the overall ‘Innovation of the Year’ Award at the 2014 Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards. In June the company also won the first Water Innovation SME Award in Europe for Membrane Technologies.

Later this week OxyMem will be one of just nine companies, from across Europe, established by academic entrepreneurs vying for an Academic Enterprise Award. The Academic Enterprise Awards, now in their 6th year, are the only pan-European awards dedicated to spin-out companies emerging from universities and public research institutes.

OxyMem, shortlisted in the Green Award Category, is the sole Irish spin-out shortlisted for the awards, which are run by Science|Business, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. The winners of the 2014 Academic Enterprise Awards will be announced on 7 October at an event to be held at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.