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The US / Ireland Research Innovation Awards

Recognising excellence in research innovation and invention that has occurred in Ireland as a result of US foreign direct investment.

18 May 2018, 7:00PM - 11:45PM, GMT

Xilinx, Connect Centre for Future Networks, and Oxymem were named as the overall winners of the KPMG supported 2018 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards, jointly presented by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner. The awards ceremony was held in Dublin with 700 guests in attendance.

The awards acknowledge exemplary ideas originating in Irish organisations, and underpinned by innovative research, that have a strong social and/or economic impact.

Among the audience were Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys, leaders of many of the US companies in Ireland, representatives from academia and a range of Irish and international business leaders. The awards are presented on an all-island basis in three categories.

Speaking at the awards, Shaun Murphy, Managing Partner, KPMG in Ireland commented “We are delighted to support the US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards. High quality inward investment has transformed the Irish economy and we are now recognised as the gateway to the EU for many of the world’s most innovative and successful businesses. These companies make a major contribution to innovation in Ireland, sustain thousands of high quality jobs and provide significant opportunities for domestic businesses.”

The winners

Xilinix Ireland - Irish operations of a US multinational company (MNC Award)

Xilinx Ireland for a successfully designed software defined radio microchip (RFSOC) in 16nm FinFET technology, an industry first to address the emerging cost, power, size and flexibility requirements in emerging 5G cellular networks.

Connect Centre for Future Networks - Higher Education Institution Research Centres or Institutes (HEI Award)

Science Foundation Ireland CONNECT and Google for ViSQOL, a software platform for evaluating audio quality on the web by "looking" at sounds. It can predict sound quality in a wide range of internet scenarios from streaming music and video conferencing to virtual reality 3D spatial audio.

Oxymem - Irish SMEs with a link to the US corporate sector (SME Award)

Oxymem, an Irish wastewater start-up which has invented an innovative wastewater treatment called MABR (Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor). The treatment saves energy, reduces sludge and adds additional capacity to existing treatment plants in shorter timeframes than leading competitors. Oxymem Ltd for collaboration with Dow Water and Process solutions.

Find out more on the American Chamber website.

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