TWO WIT CENTRES SHORTLISTED FOR BUSINESS AWARDS

Research centres TSSG and PMBRC account for two of the 30 shortlisted entrants to the annual Waterford Business Awards on Friday, 4 March 2016.

Two WIT centres are among 30 Waterford organisation’s shortlisted for the second annual Waterford Business Awards, organised by Waterford Chamber and media partners WLRfm and taking place on Friday, 4 March.

Three businesses have been shortlisted for each of the ten categories and the winners of those categories will then go head to head in the hope of claiming the Overall Waterford Business of the Year, sponsored by Waterford City & County Council.

The TelecommunicationsAwards nominee web decal Software and Systems Group (TSSG), an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation, has been shortlisted in the Innovation & Technology category (sponsored by Coillte Panel Products). It will be up against WIT spin out NearForm, now based in Tramore, and FundRecs a company based in WIT’s ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre, WIT West Campus, Carriganore

The Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) an applied research centre which aims to support the sustainable growth of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry in the south east of Ireland is shortlisted under the Manufacturing & Industry category (sponsored by Waterford Institute of Technology). It is in competition for the title with Q1 Scientific and TEVA Pharmaceuticals.

Dr Niall O’Reilly, PMBRC Centre Manager said that the team is delighted to be shortlisted for a Waterford Business Award this year. “Over the past 5 years we have worked with over 60 companies in Ireland, approximately half of which have been in the South East region. This nomination recognises the impact of our work on companies, both small and large, in the region over this period. The past 12 months have been our busiest to date in terms of research output and we have successfully grown all aspects of our operations from basic to applied research activities”. Last year PMBRC was shortlisted for 2 awards at the Pharma Industry Awards 2015.

Referring to TSSG’s successful shortlisting, Kevin Doolin, COO said, “TSSG’s research capacity through its people, students, infrastructure and networks is critical to the economic development and competitiveness of the South East region.  The diversity of TSSG’s expertise provides a powerful example of how effective we are in translating our know-how and technologies into high value products, services and processes. We are delighted that TSSG has been shortlisted for the category of Innovation & Technology by Waterford Business Awards 2015, in recognition of our ongoing research and collaborations.”

Speaking about the awards, Waterford Chamber President Michael O’Dwyer said, “Waterford Chamber is delighted to celebrate the best in business in the City and County and to also encourage and nurture the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit which is evident. We would like to thank our sponsors and partners who have helped enable us to make the awards happen again this year.”

Frank O’Regan, Chairperson of the Judging Panel, said he and his fellow judges were very impressed with the calibre and the variety of entrants. “It was a very tough decision-making process and we as a panel would have liked to include even more than the 30 successful businesses shortlisted this year,” he said.

The shortlisted businesses were nominated by the public and also through self-nomination for all 10 categories. An independent judging panel, including Bill Halley; Liam Moran, Faithlegg House Hotel; Lena Murphy, WLRfm; Lisa Grant, Waterford City & County Council; John Noonan, Flahavans; Louise Grubb, Q1 Scientific; Tina Darrer, Dooley’s Hotel and Noel Kelly, NYPRO, decided upon the finalist shortlist after a rigorous judging analysis of each application.