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Rubicon Centre, CIT: Creating in Times of Crisis

Many businesses have  adapted to facilitate an emerging need such as face masks. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues there is an increase in demand for PPE. We look at how two Rubicon clients are meeting demand

CIT Rubicon

Waterford scientists awarded funding to speed up COVID-19 testing

A team of scientists from Waterford Institute of Technology's (WIT) Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) and Eco-Innovation Research Centre (EIRC) have teamed up with University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and WIT-spin out company BioEnz Technologies Ltd. to improve the speed of COVID-19 testing

WIT Testing

Last batch of GMIT face visors delivered to Galway University Hospitals (GUH)

One particular project was the production of face shields – “GMIT Project Visor” – led Dr Brian de Souza and Eddie Dunbar of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.  Working both from the Dublin Road campus and from homes all around Galway City and County, the two lecturers, together with GMIT volunteers and their families, assembled over ten  thousand face shields


CIT: 3D printing face shields

The MESSO Research Group, based in the School of Mechanical, Electrical & Process Engineering at CIT, has joined forces with a nationwide consortium to provide high quality face shields to frontline medical professionals

CIT 3D Printing face shields


Textiles Technician Kelly Roberts in GMIT’s School of Design and Creative Arts has been putting her creative skills and resources to invaluable use since April, making hundreds of reusable face coverings for use in nursing homes and more recently for GMIT staff who opt to wear them on return to campus

GMIT Face Coverings

AIT: Coping with COVID

Treasa Fox, a counselling psychologist and head of the AIT Student Counselling Service, offers advice on self-care and minding our mental health during this period of uncertainty. It’s especially important that we mind our mental health and take time out to practise self-care and do things that we enjoy or find relaxing

AIT Coping with COVID

IADT Media Cube companies assisting with the crisis

Two companies located in the Media Cube have developed new technologies to assist with the Covid-19 pandemic. Zendra Health has developed a novel self-screening mobile app for use in nursing homes, and Thinscale Technologies developed new software designed to offer clients the opportunity to work remotely with a high level of security

IADT Media Cube companies

GMIT Producing Vital Equipment and PPE Materials for Health Care Settings

GMIT staff are working all out producing and delivering vital equipment and PPE materials for health care workers in hospitals, pharmacies, GP surgeries and care settings across the west, in the race to stop the spread of COVID-19. Business, engineering, science and computing staff, together with researchers in GMIT’s Medical Engineering Technology (MET) Gateway, are building ventilators (special purpose) and producing face visors and shields while researchers are collaborating with teams in colleges such as NUI Galway’s Lambe Institute and Medical School, and UL

GMIT Producing Vital Equipment and PPE Materials

LIT on-campus companies assisting with the pandemic response

A range of SMEs and micro-enterprises located in the network of enterprise incubation centres across three of LIT’s campuses have been actively contributing to the pandemic response. This includes Thomondgate Whiskey, based in the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre on the LIT Moylish campus, who are ready to supply a sanitising product created using their whiskey.

LIT campus companies

CIT researcher helps to develop a key reagent in the Covid-19 testing process

Dr Brigid Lucey, CIT BioExplore Research Group, who is the current President of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory and her colleague Dr Martina Scallan in UCC led a collaborative effort with colleagues in Teagasc, CUH, UL and Eli Lilly to successfully develop an effective lysis buffer formula for a key component of the Covid-19 testing process

CIT Testing component

GMIT Engineering School staff develop emergency mechanical ventilator

Ventilator production demand expected to increase as worldwide experts claim several waves of COVID outbreaks are likely. The new type of emergency ventilator can be produced rapidly and inexpensively to assist the medical profession in the treatment of COIVD-19 patients.

GMIT Ventilators

DkiT launch drive-thru testing facility

HSE and Dundalk Institute of Technology team up to deliver a drive-thru testing facility. The sampling service is being provided on an appointment-only basis and only those who are displaying symptoms and have been referred (to the drive through or clinic) by their GP will be seen. DKIT President, Dr. Michael Murphy has stated that they are very pleased to be able to support the HSE in this manner.

DKIT drive-thru testing facility

IT Sligo and Sligo University Hospital Working Together on Vital COVID19 Solutions

IT Sligo has responded to requests from Sligo University Hospital and the HSE for support on a number of issues linked to the current COVID 19 world pandemic. With a worldwide shortage of Personal Protective Equipment, Reagents and Ventilators, volunteers from IT Sligo with partners in research and innovation have stepped-up at this hour of need

IT Sligo PPE

IMaR Tech Gateway Offer Technology Advice to Keep Your Business Trading

Kerry businesses struggling to adapt to the challenges presented by Covid 19 can now avail of free technology consultations from the IMaR Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway at IT Tralee. With shutdowns and social distancing with us for the foreseeable future, many businesses are looking at ways to continue operating while adhering to HSE guidelines

IT Tralee & IMaR Tech Gateway

TSSG researchers apply their ICT expertise to help overcome COVID-19

Researchers from the TSSG research centre in Waterford Institute of Technology are collaborating with partners in the US, Finland, Bangladesh and Ireland to develop cutting-edge research and innovation solutions to the Covid-19 pandemic. A range of projects are in development


LYIT Fashion Students

Made in Donegal: The Fashion Students Contributing to the Frontline: Fashion students and lecturers from Letterkenny Institute of Technology have teamed up with local helpers to transform waste material from Letterkenny University Hospital into well-fitted personal protective equipment. Over 600 gowns are being produced by a team of 23 people

LYIT fashion students

AIT and NUIG Explore Mask Decontamination Amid Global PPE Shortage

Professor Neil J Rowan, Director of the Bioscience Research Institute at Athlone Institute of Technology, and John Laffey, Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at NUI Galway and Galway University Hospitals, are exploring decontamination solutions capable of decontaminating PPE without destroying it

AIT Mask Decontamination

IT Carlow designers and scientists producing face shields and hand sanitiser for front line health workers

Institute of Technology Carlow may be closed to students right now but, behind doors, its team of pharmaceutical academics, laboratory technicians and product designers have been busy using their skills to assist healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic

IT Carlow work on PPE

DkiT: ECME COVID-19 Response Mini Projects

Two DKIT Research Centres are partners in the Eastern Corridor for Medical Engineering, a cross-border centre funding by the European Union Interreg VA programme. ECME recently launched a rapid-response funding call related to Covid-19. Grant awards of up to €30,000 will be made to enterprises for projects which support the objectives of ECME’s Covid-19 response


IT Sligo team develop new designs for ventilators and support ventilators

A team of IT Sligo Designers, Engineers and Scientists are developing a number of designs for ventilators and support ventilators to suit different levels of patient needs.

IT Sligo Ventilators

Volunteers from LIT Industry and Education, make up to 5,000 face shields in the Mid-West

A community of volunteers from across industry and education in the Mid-West have begun producing up to 5,000 face shields per week for nursing home workers and other frontline staff.

LIT Face Shields

Letterkenny Institute of Technology staff and students are supporting frontline workers

Final year nursing students are working with local hospital and clinical partners and LYIT nursing staff have volunteered to support the local HSE Occupational Health Department with contact tracing

LYIT supporting frontline workers

SEAM Research Centre at WIT developing healthcare innovations with local clinicians and companies

The South-Eastern Applied Materials (SEAM) Research Centre and Technology Gateway at Waterford Institute of Technology have been working with local companies and healthcare facilities on a range of innovative solutions to the challenges presented by Covid-19

WIT Seam

AIT Researchers Working Around the Clock to Combat COVID-19

Researchers are working with partners including the APT Technology Gateway based in the Materials Research Institute at AIT, which is participating in a rapid response team investigating the use of high throughput pulsed UV light as a rapid solution for reprocessing personal and protective equipment

AIT EI Gateway

CIT CREATE research students assist local HSE with rapid intelligence on Covid-19

A team of postgraduate researchers from CIT carried out a rapid-response review on available commercial test kits for Covid-19 for the HSE on 22nd March last. Over a period of just a few hours, the researchers created a database of detailed information on each of the available kits

CIT Rapid Intelligence

IT Sligo volunteers producing 250 face visors each day

A team of 26 volunteers from IT Sligo have responded to a national call to protect HSE front-line workers in the fight against Covid-19. The project team is led by the Head of Engineering, Una Parsons in conjunction with the Head of Research and Head of Science.

IT Sligo face masks

LIT engineers in collaboration with UL for injection mould connectors

LIT engineers have been involved in a collaboration project earlier this month with UL, to provide injection mould connectors for filters and ventilation tubing at University Hospital Limerick

LIT moulds

Technology Gateway Network open for business

Technology Gateway teams around the country have been providing their expertise, knowledge and experience in the global fight against Covid-19

Technology Gateways

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