The Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) is a €500 million fund established under Ireland’s National Development Plan (NDP) in 2018. On Thursday 23rd November, Ireland’s Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD and the Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Dara Calleary TD, today announced funding of a further €58.8 million to 12 new projects under the DTIF.

The purpose of the fund is to drive collaboration between Ireland’s world-class research base and industry as well as facilitating enterprises to compete directly for funding in support of the development and adoption of these technologies. The aim is to support investment in the development and deployment of disruptive technologies and applications on a commercial basis.

HiTech Health (Déantúsaíocht Sláinte Hitech Teoranta), University of Galway (UG) and Odyssey Validation Consultants Ltd have been awarded €6,579,772 as part of the DTIF for a CellConnect project. CellConnect will capture data from every stage of the cell manufacturing process and empower Ireland’s cell-based therapeutic manufacturing revolution by developing disruptive methods to automate processes and transport cell products.

Dr Brian Harrison, Managing Director of HiTech Health, said “We are delighted to have been given this prestigious DTIF award and look forward to working with our partners, the Duffy Laboratory in University of Galway and Odyssey Validation Consultants to bring this exciting CellConnect project to reality. Cell Therapies really are life changing medicines and Hitech Health are currently working with several client companies who are bringing new therapies to patients many of whom suffer from rare diseases. This CellConnect platform will provide a significant step forward in the automation of processes, many of which are currently paper based. This project will also build capability in Ireland in this rapidly growing area of ‘Advanced’ medicines which is leading to treatments that can transform patients’ lives”.

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