Blafar Limited is pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the Irish Research Council (IRC) Employment Based Postgraduate programme to support Jing Lyu’s PhD study in collaboration with two Schools (the Charles Institute of Dermatology, School of Medicine and School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering) in the University College Dublin (UCD). Jing’s research project will focus on the development of hydrogels from controlled polymerization of multivinyl monomers for skin wound healing. Congratulations to Jing for this scholarship award! Blafar Ltd will continue to seek collaborations with academic institutions on the development of biopolymers products.
Blafar Ltd is pleased to announce that we successfully hosted the fifth HyMedPoly meeting on 21st and 22nd of June 2018 at the University College Dublin (UCD). The first day of the event was dedicated to the fifth HyMedPoly open workshop. The theme of workshop was ‘From Science to Products’, in the context of the development of novel antibacterial therapies based on biomedical polymers and inorganic materials. Several informative talks were delivered focused both on the clinical and financial requirements to bear in mind when investigating and commercialising new medical products.
Dr Jochen Salber, Orthopaedic Surgeon & Biomedical Engineer from KnappschaftsKrankenhaus (Bochum), emphasized the importance of understanding antibacterial resistance by knowing in depth the different strains involved as well as the possible strategies to combat infections. Ms Selma Brennan, the Senior Commercialisation Specialist in Lifescience & Food Commercialisation Department from Enterprise Ireland (EI), introduced the supports that EI can offer to Ireland-based companies, start-up and academic/clinical researchers and staff. Finally, Mr James Doody, Senior Manager from IBI Corporate Finance, delivered an excellent talk on ‘The importance of planning your finances when commercialising your business ideas’.
During the open workshop, the posters prepared by the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) from HyMedPoly consortium on their latest achievement were displayed in the Kevin Barry gallery. On the second day, all the ESRs presented a 15-minute talk to showcase their technical highlights and dissemination activities since December 2017 and planned activities for the coming 6 months, followed by a 5-minute discussion. At the end of the day, a tour of the laboratory of Prof Wenxin Wang’s research group in UCD was organized for all the ESRs.