Waterford-based entrepreneur’s ‘Digital Test Tube’ selected for EU event

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The winner of the eDIGIREGION call for ‘Innovative ICT Concepts’ is Daniel Thewlis. He will now represent the South-East Ireland region at an international two-day workshop to be held in Bucharest, Romania.

The call for concepts was organised by the Waterford Institute of Technology- coordinated, EU-funded eDIGIREGION project (www.edigiregion.eu)

Daniel presented his concept ‘Digital Test Tube’ at the recent TSSG/South East BIC Business & Industry Workshop held in Kilkenny on 19April. The concept was adjudicated on by a panel of experts drawn from Enterprise Ireland, Kernel Capital, Waterford Institute of Technology and South East Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee.

In a three-minute pitch, Daniel outlined his idea to provide a software solution targeted at solving issues experienced by scientists performing PCR testing in laboratories around the world.

Based in Waterford, Daniel is a past pupil of The Abbey Community College in Ferrybank and recently graduated with a BSc in Genetics & Cell Biology from Dublin City University. Daniel is currently participating on the Enterprise Ireland (EI) New Frontiers programme at Waterford Institute of Technology’s ArcLabs incubation hub, which recently announced plans for a €2.5m expansion.

Commenting on the concept, Mr Niall Olden of Kernel Capital said “Digital Test Tube is an innovative software product that addresses a compelling market need for efficiencies in the delivery of laboratory PCR testing.”

The winning concept now goes forward to represent the South-East Ireland region at an international two-day workshop to be held in Bucharest, Romania on 18/19May 2016. There, Daniel will receive intensive support and mentoring from a team of international experts, each a specialist in the commercialisation process (including market analysis, product development, business models, funding etc.).

The eDIGIREGION project, coordinated by Prof Bill O’Gorman, Director for Research, Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE) at WIT, has been involved in an extensive engagement process with a wide range of regional stakeholders over the past year to identify some of the key issues critical to the region’s development.

Commenting, Prof O’Gorman said “The call for concepts is a major milestone in the project and demonstrates how EU funded projects can have a significant impact in the practical development of regional innovation systems. Daniel now has the opportunity to learn from an international panel of experts. Such learning, I’m sure, will be of major benefit to both Daniel and the South East region.”