UCD, NCAD researchers complete commercialisation bootcamp
Twenty-one researchers today completed the seventh University College Dublin Commercialisation Bootcamp. The programme, delivered over the last five weeks at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, seeks to strengthen the pipeline of commercial opportunities arising from UCD and NCAD research programmes.
Among the participants on the latest Bootcamp were Patricia Maguire, an Associate Professor in the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and a Fellow at the UCD Conway Institute, and her PhD student Martin Parsons (pictured) who worked on a faster, less expensive and non-invasive way to diagnose multiple sclerosis.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) strikes people in the prime of life, often between the age of 20 and 40, and it is estimated that 2.5 million people worldwide suffer with the disease. Current diagnosis of MS is often delayed and a finite window in which treatment is most effective to reduce long-term disability can be missed.
Dr Arun Kumar and David Kilroy, academic faculty members in the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, also took part on the latest Bootcamp for their work on a possible replacement for formaldehyde, a potential carcinogen and toxic environmental pollutant, are routinely used for preserving the cadavers used by medical and veterinary students in their anatomy education.
A total of 135 researchers from UCD and the National College of Art and Design, a recognised College of UCD, have now completed Bootcamp programmes since 2013.