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Laboratory Awards celebrate those shaping Ireland’s future

The Irish Laboratory Awards recognise the innovation and research within Ireland’s laboratories that will impact society in years to come

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Winners at the Irish Lab Awards 2018.

 

On April 19th, the Irish Laboratory Awards returned to honour those demonstrating excellence, best practice and innovation in Ireland’s laboratories. With 22 different categories to be decided, nominees were hoping to join past winners such as Teagasc, the Bernal Institute, University of Limerick and Nokia Bell Labs.

Laboratories working across a number of sectors were represented on the night and it will be interesting to see how their research impacts the wider spectrum of society in the coming years. One such example is The Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory in UCD, who collected two awards on the night, with Dr Michael O’Byrne winning Laboratory Staff Member of the Year and the whole lab awarded Engineering Laboratory of the Year. Lab director, Dr. Vikram Pakrashi spoke about how their research can influence the built infrastructure sector:

“We are very happy with our double success as the Engineering Laboratory of the Year and with Dr. Michael O’Byrne winning the Laboratory Staff of the Year. We intend to continue to impact the built infrastructure sector as a research leader through innovations in sensors, algorithms, analytics, modelling and policy guidelines.”

An independent panel of judges reviewed the submissions for this years awards, Dr. Fiona Blighe, scientific programme manager, Science Foundation Ireland spoke about her involvement;

“As Ireland's national foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research, SFI was delighted to contribute to the success of the 2018 Lab awards. The impressive scope and breath of the applications to this year’s competition are evidence of the thriving research activity happening in Ireland from across the private and public sector”.

Dr Russell McLaughlin works in Trinity College Dublin, carrying out research on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more commonly referred to as Motor Neurone Disease in Ireland. He took home the Young Leader of the Year Award on the night:

“It is a great honour to receive the Young Leader of the Year Award to acknowledge the outstanding work carried out by my team and the ongoing crucial support of our patients, the public and our various funders.”

As a sponsor of the awards Air Products was taken aback by the great quality of entries. Brendan McCloskey, commercial manager at Air Products said, “It was an exceptional afternoon at the Irish Laboratory Awards 2018 showcasing the talent of the laboratory industry in Ireland. Well done to everyone who took part, it was great to see how research, innovation and new technology is having a positive impact on future products and services. It is exciting to see the passion and commitment of the people who make this happen. Congratulations to all the winners.”

It was the sixth year of awards, which has grown from strength-to-strength since launching in 2013.

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The full list of winners is available below.

1. Commercial Laboratory of the Year

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Winner: Irish Equine Centre

Brendan McCloskey, Commercial Manager, Air Products, presents the Commercial Laboratory of the Year award to Sarah McNicholas and Prof. Tom Bukley, Irish Equine Centre.
Brendan McCloskey, Commercial Manager, Air Products, presents the Commercial Laboratory of the Year award to Sarah McNicholas and Prof. Tom Bukley, Irish Equine Centre.

2. Academic or Research Laboratory of the Year

Winner: Stanton Laboratory – APC Microbiome Ireland, Teagasc

Matt Moran, Director, BioPharmaChem Ireland, presents the Academic or Research Laboratory of the Year award to Stanton Laboratory team.
Matt Moran, Director, BioPharmaChem Ireland, presents the Academic or Research Laboratory of the Year award to Stanton Laboratory team.

3. Laboratory Team of the Year

Winner: Microbiology Laboratory - Tallaght University Hospital

Lisa Keating, Scientific Programme Manager, Programmes Directorate, Science Foundation Ireland, presents the Laboratory Team of the Year award to Microbiology Laboratory, Tallaght University Hospital team.
Lisa Keating, Scientific Programme Manager, Programmes Directorate, Science Foundation Ireland, presents the Laboratory Team of the Year award to Microbiology Laboratory, Tallaght University Hospital team.

4. Laboratory Scientist of the Year

Winner: Dr. Stepan Kucera - Nokia Bell Labs

David Bryant, Segment Programme Manager, Speciality and Medical Gases, Air Products, presents the Laboratory Scientist of the Year award to Dr. Stepan Kucera, Nokia Bell Labs.
David Bryant, Segment Programme Manager, Speciality and Medical Gases, Air Products, presents the Laboratory Scientist of the Year award to Dr. Stepan Kucera, Nokia Bell Labs.

5. Laboratory Staff Member of the Year

Winner: Dr. Michael O'Byrne - Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory,UCD

Mary Dempsey, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at NUI Galway, presents the Laboratory Staff Member of the Year award to Dr. Michael O'Byrne, Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory, UCD.
Mary Dempsey, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at NUI Galway, presents the Laboratory Staff Member of the Year award to Dr. Michael O'Byrne, Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory, UCD.

6. Young Leader of the Year

Winner: Dr. Russell McLaughlin - Trinity College Dublin

Mary Dempsey, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at NUI Galway presents the Young Leader of the Year award to Dr. Russell McLaughlin and Trinity College Dublin team.
Mary Dempsey, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at NUI Galway presents the Young Leader of the Year award to Dr. Russell McLaughlin and Trinity College Dublin team.

7. Pharmaceutical Laboratory of the Year

Winner: Biotechnology TS/MS Laboratory - Lilly

Dr. Janice Murtagh, Associate Director Medical Affairs, MSD Human Health presents the Pharmaceutical Laboratory of the Year award to Lilly team.
Dr. Janice Murtagh, Associate Director Medical Affairs, MSD Human Health presents the Pharmaceutical Laboratory of the Year award to Lilly team.

8. Chemical Laboratory of the Year

Winner: QC Laboratory - Mylan Damastown

Dr. Janice Murtagh, Associate Director Medical Affairs, MSD Human Health presents the Chemical Laboratory of the Year award to Katie Router, QC Laboratory, Mylan Damastown.
Dr. Janice Murtagh, Associate Director Medical Affairs, MSD Human Health presents the Chemical Laboratory of the Year award to Katie Router, QC Laboratory, Mylan Damastown.

9. Bio Science Laboratory of the Year

Winner: Pfizer Grange Castle

David Bryant, Segment Programme Manager, Speciality and Medical Gases, Air Products presents the Bio Science Laboratory of the Year award to Pfizer Grange Castle team.
David Bryant, Segment Programme Manager, Speciality and Medical Gases, Air Products presents the Bio Science Laboratory of the Year award to Pfizer Grange Castle team.

10. Food Laboratory of the Year

Winner: Vision I Food Research Laboratory - Teagasc Food Research Centre

Brendan McCloskey, Commercial Manager, Air Products, presents the Commercial Laboratory of the Year award to Sarah McNicholas and Prof. Tom Bukley, Irish Equine Centre.
Brendan McCloskey, Commercial Manager, Air Products, presents the Commercial Laboratory of the Year award to Sarah McNicholas and Prof. Tom Bukley, Irish Equine Centre.

11. Agricultural Laboratory of the Year

Winner: Irish Equine Centre

Lisa Keating, Scientific Programme Manager, Programmes Directorate, Science Foundation Ireland presents the Agricultural Laboratory of the Year award to the Sarah McNicholas, Irish Equine Centre.
Lisa Keating, Scientific Programme Manager, Programmes Directorate, Science Foundation Ireland presents the Agricultural Laboratory of the Year award to the Sarah McNicholas, Irish Equine Centre.

12. Medical Laboratory of the Year

Winner: Microbiology Laboratory - Tallaght University Hospital

Dr. Fiona Blighe, Scientific Programme Manager, Science Foundation Ireland, presents the Medical Laboratory of the Year to Microbiology Laboratory, Tallaght University Hospital team.
Dr. Fiona Blighe, Scientific Programme Manager, Science Foundation Ireland, presents the Medical Laboratory of the Year to Microbiology Laboratory, Tallaght University Hospital team.

13. Healthcare Laboratory of the Year

Winner: Stanton Laboratory – APC Microbiome Ireland, Teagasc

Dr. Fiona Blighe, Scientific Programme Manager, Science Foundation Ireland, presents the Healthcare Laboratory of the Year award to Stanton Laboratory, Teagasc team.
Dr. Fiona Blighe, Scientific Programme Manager, Science Foundation Ireland, presents the Healthcare Laboratory of the Year award to Stanton Laboratory, Teagasc team.

14. Engineering Laboratory of the Year

Winner: Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory - UCD

Lynn Willacy, Community and STEM Ambassador, presents the Engineering Laboratory of the Year award to Vikram Pakrashi, Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory, UCD.
Lynn Willacy, Community and STEM Ambassador, presents the Engineering Laboratory of the Year award to Vikram Pakrashi, Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory, UCD.

15. Veterinary Laboratory of the Year

Winner: Irish Equine Centre

Dr. Janice Murtagh, Associate Director Medical Affairs, MSD Human Health presents the Veterinary Laboratory of the Year award to Sarah McNicholas and Prof. Tom Buckley, Irish Equine Centre.
Dr. Janice Murtagh, Associate Director Medical Affairs, MSD Human Health presents the Veterinary Laboratory of the Year award to Sarah McNicholas and Prof. Tom Buckley, Irish Equine Centre.

16. Calibration or Testing Laboratory of the Year

Winner: Complete Calibration Management Solution - LotusWorks

Matt Moran, Director, BioPharmaChem Ireland presents the Calibration or Testing Laboratory of the Year award to the Tom McGuinn, LotusWorks.
Matt Moran, Director, BioPharmaChem Ireland presents the Calibration or Testing Laboratory of the Year award to the Tom McGuinn, LotusWorks.

17. Research Laboratory of the Year

Winner: Systems Biology Ireland

Conor O’Brien, President, Irish Science Teachers Association, presents the Research Laboratory of the Year award to Jens Rauch, Systems Biology Ireland.
Conor O’Brien, President, Irish Science Teachers Association, presents the Research Laboratory of the Year award to Jens Rauch, Systems Biology Ireland.

18. Education Laboratory of the Year

Winner: Medical Device Decontamination Laboratory - School of Biological Sciences, DIT

Conor O’Brien, President, Irish Science Teachers Association, presents the Education Laboratory of the Year award to School of Biological Sciences, DIT team.
Conor O’Brien, President, Irish Science Teachers Association, presents the Education Laboratory of the Year award to School of Biological Sciences, DIT team.

19. Start-up Laboratory of the Year

Winner: Think Biosolution

Conor O’Brien, President, Irish Science Teachers Association, presents the Start-up Laboratory of the Year award to Dr. Shourjya Sanyal, Think Biosolution.
Conor O’Brien, President, Irish Science Teachers Association, presents the Start-up Laboratory of the Year award to Dr. Shourjya Sanyal, Think Biosolution.

20. Laboratory Supplier of the Year

Winner: BioClin Research Laboratories - Almac Group

Matt Moran, Director, BioPharmaChem Ireland, presents the Laboratory Supplier of the Year award to Roisin Browne, BioClin Research Laboratories - Almac Group.
Matt Moran, Director, BioPharmaChem Ireland, presents the Laboratory Supplier of the Year award to Roisin Browne, BioClin Research Laboratories - Almac Group.

21. Innovation of the Year Award

Winner: TUCSS Safety Valve - Class Medical

Matt Moran, Director, BioPharmaChem Ireland, presents the Innovation of the Year Award to Rory Mooney, Class Medical.
Matt Moran, Director, BioPharmaChem Ireland, presents the Innovation of the Year Award to Rory Mooney, Class Medical.

22. Collaboration Achievement

Winner: Brain Stethoscope Design - Embedded.Systems@UCC, INFANT Centre & Tyndall

Matt Moran, Director, BioPharmaChem Ireland, presents the Collaboration Achievement award to Emanuel Popovici, Embedded.Systems@UCC & Andryi Temko, INFANT Research Centre.