Central to AMBER’s research remit are the collaborative projects performed with each of our industry partners. The industry partners are diverse, both in terms of sectors and scale, covering the four primary sectors of ICT, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals and Industrial Technologies. A measure of the international competitiveness of AMBER is the sustained level of investment we have received from our multinational industry partners, in particular our strategic partners Intel, Merck Millipore, Nokia Bell Labs and Johnson & Johnson. These companies rank within the top 100 R&D investing companies worldwide.
AMBER has been a valuable partner in the execution of the Glanbia R&D strategy. We especially value the ease of engagement and the proactive and creative approach of the AMBER team.
AMBER has been an essential player in our peripheral nerve product development strategy for a number of years. The new product lines developed are a quantum leap in performance towards existing platforms. We have benefitted from the academic team’s experience and ability to “test drive” new approaches outside our normal R&D structure. Site visits by the academic team to our U.S. facilities have been invaluable.
The collaboration with AMBER has given Merck Cork access to state of the art analytical infrastructure that has enabled a deeper fundamental characterization understanding of our products which in turn has allowed us to implement additional manufacturing controls to improve product quality. The collaboration with AMBER is an important enabler to support our R&D agenda by increasing the technical capability of the Cork site.
AMBER is currently considered as an exemplar academic collaborator across Bells Labs globally and for good reason. They stand out for their ability to engage with industry while delivering world leading scientific research. In my opinion they are a dream partner and acting as the executive sponsor I plan on growing this collaboration substantially.
AMBER is a meeting point of science, research and commercialization. With its infrastructure, expertise and culture, AMBER has helped Solvotrin build value by translating both basic and applied science into a practical, value-added product.
The output from our collaboration with AMBER forms the backbone for our commercialisation of graphene and 2D materials. We are seeking further opportunities for collaboration with the AMBER team.
TGE was able to attract and recruit the world class academic talent needed for the Trinity Green Energy project because of AMBER. Their people and reputation is the beacon that attracts the best international scientific talent and this allows business to get the best possible commercial result.
We partner with the best expertise we can find around the globe. As such, we are proud of our association with AMBER. We have found the exchanges to be open, highly intellectual, mutually respectful and of excellent technical and scientific content. We rank AMBER very highly amongst our other multiple external partners.
AMBER has been very active in developing a commercialisation pipeline. To date 56 invention disclosure forms (IDF) have been submitted, 17 patents filed with 2 granted. From these, 13 technologies have been licenced and 2 assigned to industry, with 10 of those going to AMBER industry partners. There are 4 licences currently under negotiation with 15 IDF/Patents under option periods with companies who are assessing licensing requirements. We have developed a portfolio of projects and technologies from our fundamental research projects which have the potential to form the basis of spin outs and future licences. In the past year we have attracted €8.4M of commercialisation funding through 43 awards from Enterprise Ireland to support these developments. We have already successfully launched one spin out company, Self-Sense Technologies Ltd., and are expecting a second, ZEROOPTICA, from the Morris led AMBER team in 2018.
Self-Sense Technologies have developed a novel intelligent mouth guard device called SmartSplint, which accurately records and monitors teeth grinding (bruxism) of patients and allows their dentists to help them manage the condition more effectively.