Tyndall National Institute, Tyndall Tyndall National Institute, Tyndall
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University College Cork (UCC) in partnership with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI)
Lee Maltings Dyke Parade, T12 R5CP, Cork (Ireland)
Established with a mission to support industry and academia in driving research to market, Tyndall National Institute is one of Europe’s leading research centres in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) research and development and the largest facility of its type in Ireland. Established in 2004 as a successor to the National Microelectronics Research Centre (NMRC founded in 1982) at University College Cork, the Institute employs over 460 researchers, engineers and support staff, with a full-time graduate cohort of 135 students generating over 230 peer-reviewed publications each year. Tyndall National Institute is leading in integrated ICT hardware and systems. Specialising in both electronics and photonics – materials, devices, circuits and systems – we are globally leading in our core research areas of: Smart sensors and systems Optical communication systems Mixed signal and analog circuit design Microelectronic and photonic integration Semiconductor wafer fabrication Nano materials and device processing Central to our mission is delivering economic impact through research excellence. We work with industry and academia to transform research into products in our core market areas of electronics, communications, energy, health, agri-food and the environment. We generate approximately €30m in income each year, with over 85% coming from competitively won contracts. With a network of over 200 industry partners and customers worldwide, we are focused on delivering real impact from our excellent research. Our ambitious 5-year strategic plan, developed in 2013, sets out a clear strategy to create employment and build critical mass within the Irish technology space.
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Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
The activities of the hub are well aligned with the Irish national initiative for digitising industry, National Digital Strategy (NDS). Under the Irish government's National Development Plan, Tyndall is foreseen to further strengthen its succesfull engagement models to bring ICT to health and life scieces, energy and agritech ,and to spearhead efforts towards the National Strategic Outcome of a "Strong Economy, supported by Enterprise, Innovation and Skills".
Tyndall has extensive experience in managing access programs and is partnering with a number of regional, national and European clusters to: launch needs-driven initiatives; coordinate with public authorities and local government; build European partnerships; and provide B2B match-making and brokerage.
Tyndall is coordinating: the ASCENT and EnABLES H2020 research infrastructure programmes providing SMEs with access to state-of-the-art facilities in nanoelectronics and for powering the IoT, respectively; PIXAPP, an H2020 project offering the world’s first open access photonics packaging pilot manufacturing line. Tyndall has also managed a national programme providing researchers with access to its infrastructure for 11 years.
We are the lead institution for the Science Foundation Ireland funded Irish Photonics Integration Centre (IPIC) and host to industry aligned research centres; Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI); International Energy Research Centre (IERC), The Centre for Future Networks and Communications (CONNECT), the CONFIRM Centre for Smart Manufacturing., and the VistaMilk Centre on Smart Dairy.
Market and Services
- Agriculture, hunting and forestry
- Electricity, gas and water supply
- Transport, storage and communication
- Health and social work
- Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
- Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
- Manufacture of machinery and equipment
- Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
- TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
- TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
- TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
- TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
- TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
- Awareness creation
- Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
- Collaborative Researchs
- Concept validation and prototyping
- Testing and validation
- Pre-competitive series production
- Commercial infrastructure
- Incubator/accelerator support
- Education and skills development
(i) As part of a consortium of six competence centres in Ireland and Wales funded under the Ireland-Wales INTERREG Programme, to support SMEs in the Life Sciences sector in the two regions, Tyndall works closely with several SMEs to facilitate the development of new smart products and services based on integration of sensors and connected technologies into new or existing products.
(ii) The service starts with face to face meetings with numerous relevant SMEs to understand their current products and service portfolio, and their business roadmap. Based on the deep multi-KET experience of Tyndall, advice is provided on potential opportunities for new digital based products or services. Following detailed discussions with the SMEs, a shortlist of potentially feasible opportunities is identified, and due diligence is performed by Tyndall on resources and timescales required to develop these digitised devices, and which partners are required, either within the CALIN consortium, or external academic, business or clinical partners as applicable. Tyndall also advises on the range of funding leverage options available, including supports available through the CALIN project, but also through national programmes, H2020 etc.
iii) Tyndall has not only a deep understanding of the multi-KET technologies required to enable the development of new digital products and services, but has also developed an in-depth knowledge of the challenges and opportunities associated with initiating, or transitioning into a product or service based on connected devices.
iv) John Zellmer, Co-founder / CEO at Intelligent Implants. Email: email@example.com
i) Fleming Medical Ltd (an SME) is a leader in the supply of medical dressings for woundcare management, including chronic wounds. Tyndall teamed up with medical equipment provider Fleming Medical (Limerick) to develop the world’s first commercially-available “smart dressing” for use in digital-based care applications.
ii) Tyndall's team on ICT for Health programme has leveraged relevant members of the extensive network of academic and industry partners of Tyndall, to bring the SME into a smart medtech ecosystem, and is now driving the development of a new connected health business model within the SME. In particular, Fleming Medical Ltd joined a European consortium comprising of 42 partners from 10 countries, who aim to form a manufacturing ecosystem where new medical devices can be seeded and nurtured to grow into new business opportunities (funded by the European Union through EC ECSEL research programme). A collaboration between Tyndall, Fleming Medical, the Holst Centre in Netherlands, and Philips Research was established under the project codenamed ‘InForMed’.
iii) Chronic wounds are an increasing and costly healthcare issue, particularly in countries with ageing populations. The “smart dressing” will make wound care easier, more comfortable for the patient, and more cost-effective for healthcare providers. This hi-tech dressing will generate significant savings in healthcare costs, due to reduced clinical inspection time and shorter hospital stays as a result of faster wound healing.
iv) Fleming Medical, https://www.flemingmedical.ie/
(i) The development of smart surgical devices requires an RTO with a critical mass of expertise across multiple KETs (Key Enabling Technologies), which is not available within the medtech industry where the expertise is typically focussed only on precision engineering. A medtech company needed to integrate digital technologies for the development a smart guidewire platform for next generation products.
(ii) Tyndall supported Lake Region Medical (now Integer) to enable guidewires to measure blood flow parameters during a procedure. An integrated photonics solution was developed which integrated a photonic sensor at the tip of the guidewire (i.e. 0.3mm diameter), and a proprietary solution for a high fidelity connector to the light source and detector instrument at the proximal end of the guidewire, without impacting the mechanical properties of the guidewire.
(iii) The resultant smart guidewire prototypes demonstrated the feasibility to sensorise a guidewire with a process compatible with high volume manufacture, enabling blood flow parameters to be monitored realtime during a surgical procedure.
(iv) Lake Region Medical (now Integer), https://integer.net/
(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)
Number of employees
- Horizon 2020
- European Regional Development Fund
- National basic research funding
- National specific innovation funding
Number of customers annually
Type of customers
- Start-up companies
- SMEs (<250 employees)
- MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
- Large companies, multi-nationals
University College Cork (UCC)
Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)
Microelectronics Indusrty Design Association (MIDAS)
Photonics Ireland National Technology Platform (Photonics Ireland)
Networked, cluster organization
Cork Smart Gateway (CSG)
Networked, cluster organization
National University of Ireland-Galway (NUIG)
University College Dublin (UCD)
University of Limerick (UL)
Dublin City University (DCU)
Health Innovation Hub (HIH)
Cork County Council
Teagasc Agricultural and Food Development Authority
- Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
- Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
- Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
- Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
- Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
- Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
- Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
- Advanced or High performance computing
- Simulation and modelling