Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (281)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

281. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of payments issued to date for successful applications made under the disruptive technologies innovation fund, by county, in tabular form; the number of applications at grant agreement stage; the number of applications earmarked for prepayment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24846/19]

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The Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) is a €500 million fund established under Project Ireland 2040. In December 2018, 27 collaborative projects were approved for funding under the first call of the DTIF. The DTIF will see investment in the research, development and deployment of disruptive technologies and applications on a commercial basis. The successful projects represent the health, food, ICT and manufacturing sectors in Ireland. There are 104 organisations involved across the 27 projects that will receive funding and these include large enterprises, SMEs and higher education institutions/ public research bodies. A number of HEIs/public research bodies are involved in multiple projects. As indicated in December 2018, the 27 projects involve a request for DTIF funding of circa €75 million of which €20m is due to be drawn down during 2019. The DTIF is being administered by Enterprise Ireland on behalf of my Department.

No payments have yet been made under DTIF Call 1. Contracts are now being finalised by Enterprise Ireland in respect of each of the 27 projects and grant drawdown will commence shortly. In terms of prepayments, the public research bodies involved in the 27 projects will receive a share of their award on signature of contracts (in line with existing practice across other RD&I programmes). Public research bodies are involved in 25 of the 27 DTIF Call 1 projects. Small enterprises (less than 50 employees) involved across the 27 projects have also been invited to request an element of pre-funding (in line with Enterprise Ireland’s existing legislation). The number of small enterprises that will request pre-funding is not yet known. By September 2019, the first payments under DTIF Call 1 will have been made and I will be in a position to provide tabular information by county at that point. The first claims for incurred expenditure will not be made until November 2019 and, therefore, I expect that it will be late in 2019 before I can report on the full 2019 drawdown of DTIF funding.

Pending this, the details of each of the successful projects including the partners involved in each, a brief description of each project and the value of funding approved is available on my Department’s website and is replicated in the following table.

Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) - Awards Under First Call (2018)

Projects approved for €5 to 10 million in DTIF funding over the 3 years to 2021

Title

Consortium Members

Project Summary

Research Priority Area and Technologies

Enterprise Partner Locations

Maximum Award (subject to contract negotiation)

A Disruptive Gene Therapy Platform, Replacing Viruses in the Treatment of Genetic Conditions

Amryt Pharma, Curran Scientific Ltd, UCD, DEBRA Ireland

This project aims to disrupt the Viral Gene Therapy Market using a new Polymer-based Delivery Platform.

Health & Wellbeing – Diagnostics & Therapeutics

Amryt – Dublin

Curran – Limerick

€8.4m

HOLISTICS - Holistic Human Sensing for Health, Aging and Wellness

Tyndall National Institute, DABL, PMD Solutions, De Royal, Setanta, UCC Lero, Sanmina, Design Partners, VRAI, Henkel, ADI, HRB CRF-C, UCC Insight

HOLISTICS will create for the first time in Ireland, a disruptive Smart Wearables Industry Value Chain to deliver end-to-end HealthTech solutions based on emerging human-centric intelligent sensors and their wireless communication (abbrev. WSN) to support new products.

Health & Wellbeing

ICT

DABL - Dublin

PMD Solutions- Cork

De Royal - Dublin

Sanmina Design Partners – Cork

Henkel – Dublin

VRAI – Dublin

Analog Devices – Limerick

€7.4m

AuriGen Solution for Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

Aurigen Medical Ltd, UCC/Tyndall, NUIG (TMD LAB)

This project will finalise the development and move to commercialisation, a cardiac implant to treat the stroke and arrhythmia risk associated with longstanding atrial fibrillation.

Health & Wellbeing – Medical Devices

Galway

€5.9m

‘The Future of Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: Combining Tissue Responsive Probes, AI and Machine Learning to Transform Medical Care’

RCSI, Deciphex, IBM Research, UCD

This project aims to transform the diagnosis and surgical treatment of Gastro-Intestinal (GI) diseases, specifically cancer, by allowing decision-support information to be available when needed for faster and more accurate interventions for patients. Applications will be developed in surgery and diagnostics using AI and machine learning.

Health & Wellbeing – Medical Devices, Diagnostics & Therapeutics

Dublin

€5.7m

Therapeutic enzymes as a treatment for sepsis cellix

Cala Medical, Curran Scientific, UL

This consortium has a disruptive technology, Cytoflow5, for the treatment of sepsis. The technology will be further expanded to disrupt areas currently dominated by monoclonal antibodies and thus disrupt the biologics area. This will result in a panel of new therapies for the treatment of diseases including sepsis, psoriasis, arthritis and Crohn’s disease.

Health & Wellbeing – Diagnostics & Therapeutics

Limerick

€5.0m

Projects approved for €3 to 5 million in DTIF funding over the 3 years to 2021

Title

Consortium Members

Project Summary

Research Priority Areas and Technologies

Enterprise Partner Locations

Award (subject to contract negotiation)

Towards safe and effective off the shelf cellular therapy for cancer

Onkimmune, Janssen, NUIG

This project will develop a disruptive, optimised, off-the-shelf Natural Killer (NK) Cell therapeutic platform for the treatment of multiple cancers.

Health & Wellbeing - Therapeutics

Onkimmune – Kildare

Janssen - Dublin

€4.3m

Photonics Manufacturing Pilot Line

Tyndall National Institute, Ficontec, MBRYONICS, Eblana Photonics, Sanmina Ireland, Faztech

This project will build a physical Photonic Packaging Pilot Line in Ireland designed to fill the gap that exists today, i.e. to fabricate tens to hundreds of units. The Photonic Packaging Pilot Line Hub will A) develop packaging designs tailored to fast cost-effective packaging processes and equipment and B) develop and install next generation packaging equipment (including test) with reduced cycle-times.

ICT & Manufacturing

MBryonics – Galway

Eblana Photonics – Dublin

Sanmina -Ireland – Cork

Faztech - Dublin

€4.1m

Microfluidic Gene Transfection Cell Analysis and Sorting Platform (GTCASP)

Cellix Ltd, TCD Physics, TCD Med, NUIG

This project will see the company deliver new cell manufacturing solutions to the pharma industry, building on excellent scientific research in gene therapy.

Health & Wellbeing – Diagnostics & Therapeutics

Dublin

€3.4m

Projects approved for €1 to 3 million in DTIF funding over the 3 years to 2021

Title

Consortium Members

Project Summary

Research Priority Area and Technologies

Enterprise Partner Locations

Award (subject to contract negotiation)

Cooperative Energy Trading System (CENTS)

International Energy Research Centre, MPower, MSemicon, Templederry Renewable Energy Supply, UCC, NUIG, DIT

CENTS (Cooperative Energy Trading System) is proposing a disruptive technology platform for the electricity sector where consumers and communities will be empowered with the necessary infrastructure to generate their own electricity, earn from the excess electricity generation, and finally, to be an integral part of decarbonizing their homes and communities for sustainable living. With CENTS a software solution for a blockchain enabled cooperative peer-to-peer energy trading platform will be provided and necessary hardware requirements and market/regulatory strategies will be proposed.

ICT

Energy, Climate Action & Sustainability

Templederry – Tipperary

MSemicon - Dublin

€3.0m

Nex

Davra Networks, DANALTO, INTEL, DCU

The goal of this project is to provide a reliable, verifiable and secure end-to-end remote patient monitoring system which has rich data, affordable & reliable network connectivity, machine learning and data integrity at its core.

Health & Wellbeing

ICT – Internet of Things

Davra – Dublin

Danalto – Dublin

Intel – Kildare

€3.0m

ARDENT II

Neurent Medical Ltd, NUIG

Neurent Medical is creating a new therapy for patients suffering from rhinitis that will give the patient immediate and long-lasting relief from their symptoms and remove the need to take daily medication to manage their condition.

Health & Wellbeing – Medical Devices

Galway

€2.8m

Medical Imaging Ireland

IBM Ireland, Nova Leah, UCD, DKIT, Davra Networks Ltd

Medical Imaging Ireland (MED-I) will build a platform offering enabling technologies which can host, manage, process and analyse image and text data and brings together the entire ecosystem of actors in the medical imaging domain.

Health & Wellbeing -

IBM – Dublin

Nova Leah – Dundalk

Davra - Dublin

€2.2m

ArtEngine 2.0: Bringing Automated, AI-Driven 3D World Creation to Market

Artomatix, Black Shamrock, WarDucks, Keywords

This project leverages Artificial Intelligence to automate the creation of 3D models and worlds,

However, the cost of 3D content creation is prohibitive for small studios and this project is an enabler for the development and adoption of AR/VR.

ICT – AI, AR/VR

Dublin

€2.0m

HYDRO-fish: Combining targeted nutraceuticals and traceability technology for a smarter and sustainable Irish fish aquaculture industry

NUIG, Bio-Marine Ingredients Ireland, Teagasc, Marine Institute

HYDRO-fish is a multi-disciplinary research programme, specifically designed to employ current technologies from other sectors to disrupt and enhance current fish farming practices. The project entails reinforcing the supply chain of Irish salmon production, in particular for organic salmon farming.

Food

Monaghan

€2.0m

BioHealx

Signum Surgical Ltd, Anecto Ltd

This project uses the BioHealx device (a bioabsorbable implant) to treat anal fistula and reduce surgical complexity.

Health & Wellbeing – Medical Devices

Galway

€1.9m

E-BAMBI - Enhanced Biocompatibility of Additively Manufactured Biomedical Implants for Improved Clinical Outcomes

SEAM Research Centre, Schivo Medical, Graph Treatments Ltd, STRYKER, DIT

This project will develop Additively Manufactured (using 3-D printing), Biocompatible, metallic components for the medical device industry. The project will focus both on the creation of implants with improved functional properties such as drug elution and also on metallic structures that can be absorbed into the human body when they have successfully completed their clinical function.

Health & Wellbeing – Medical Devices

Manufacturing & Materials – Additive Manufacturing

Schivo Medical – Waterford

Graph Treatments – Dublin

Stryker – Cork/Limerick

€1.9m

High throughput microfluidic drug screening platform

HookeBio Ltd, CIT, CAPPA, NUIG

The HookeBio platform is a disruptive technology that will allow pharma companies and clinicians to develop more accurate and responsive disease models for drug testing and may be expanded to testing of existing therapies on individual patient’s disease samples.

Health & Wellbeing – Diagnostics & Therapeutics

Limerick

€1.9m

Optimised commercial-scale cultivation of protein-rich biomass from Palmaria palmata for the generation of health enhancing plant based proteinaceous ingredients.

Allihies Seafood, Carbery, UL

This project aims to sustainably generate plant-based proteinaceous ingredients for exploitation as a source of high quality protein and contribute to meeting the growing global demand for plant-based proteinaceous ingredients for animal and human consumption.

Food

Cork

€1.8m

Future Software Systems Architectures

DCU & Lero, FOURTHEOREM, FINEOS

This project will leverage the internet network capability (and to some extent the Internet of Things) as a means to rapidly operationalise new software features. Central to this project will be the capacity to transform traditional slow software development organisations into rapid feature delivery firm. AI research is also a feature

ICT – IoT, AI, Digital Platforms and Applications

Fourtheorem – Cork

Fineos – Dublin

€1.6m

Irish Lasers for the Internet of the Future (iLife)

Pilot Photonics, DCU and TCD

This project proposes a solution to the impending “capacity crunch” problem for optical telecommunication and datacentre networks using optical frequency comb sources, a new type of laser which can replace the single mode lasers that have been used in long haul optical transport equipment for two decades.

ICT – Future Networks, IoT

Dublin

€1.6m

Connected Medical Device Cybersecurity Transparency

Nova Leah, DKIT

This project will see the use of Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and Blockchain techniques to provide a real-time platform for the two-way communication of safety-critical security information (i.e. vulnerabilities, threats) between Medical Device Manufacturers and Hospitals .

ICT – AI, Data Analytics and Blockchain

Health & Wellbeing – Medical Devices

Louth

€1.5m

Creating the Bionic Man: Development of a “neural training suit” to assist individuals with sensorimotor impairments.

TCD, Biomedical Research

This project aims to develop the “Swiss-Army Knife” of Neurorehabilitation, a multifunctional neuromotor training suit. The suit will integrate an array of wearable biological sensors and a multisite neuromuscular stimulation system.

Health & Wellbeing

Dublin

€1.5m

Irish Lasers for the Internet of the Future (iLife)

Pilot Photonics, DCU and TCD

This project proposes a solution to the impending “capacity crunch” problem for optical telecommunication and datacentre networks using optical frequency comb sources, a new type of laser which can replace the single mode lasers that have been used in long haul optical transport equipment for two decades.

ICT – Future Networks, IoT

Dublin

€1.6m

Beyond Food Labelling

IdentiGEN, UCD

Using massively multiplexed Next Generation Sequencing to provide a crypto-anchor for food authentication and as a substitute for costly, error prone labelling and certification systems

Food and ICT

Dublin

€1.4m

Advanced Environmental Decision Support System for Coastal Areas

Techworks Marine Ltd. DCU

This project will provide an advanced environmental decision support system to address issues such as coastal pollution and flooding. Such a system will provide enhanced insights to coastal industries, local authorities, government agencies and will ultimately benefit Irish society.

Energy, Climate Action & Sustainability

ICT – Data Analytics, Platforms and Content

Dublin

€1.1m

Smart-Cardio – A Paradigm shift in Cardiac Arrhythmia Treatment

Atrian Medical Ltd, NUIG

This project will develop a medical device for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) that will lead to substantially improved outcomes over current treatments. In addition, it will alter how arrhythmia treatment services are provided to patients – throughput in hospitals and clinics will be dramatically increased and per patient costs will be reduced.

Health & Wellbeing – Medical Devices

Galway

€1.1m

DEFINE-AM – Disruptive Finishing using Electrochemical machining for Additive Manufacturing

Blueacre Technology, TCD

The DEFINE-AM project consortium aims to develop an innovative Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Hybrid Laser-Jet Electrochemical Machine tool with 5-axis of motion that addresses the challenges of post-processing 3D-printed metallic parts i.e. parts produced by the Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) additive manufacturing technique.

Manufacturing & Materials – Advance and Additive Manufacturing

Louth

€1.0m

Blockchain in the Technology Product Supply Chain

Exertis Supply Chain Services, Sonalake, UCD (CeADAR)

This project aims to implement a Production blockchain to transform the Technology Product supply chain.

ICT - Blockchain

Dublin

€1.0m