US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards

  • Release Date: 17/05/2019
FotoNation  Allergy Standards and UNESCO Chair Institute of Technology Tralee were the overall winners of the 2019 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 in the Clayton Burlington Hotel, Dublin on Friday night.
Almost 700 guests gathered as the awards were presented in front of an audience of senior business leaders of many of the US companies in Ireland, representatives from academia and leaders including former Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The event was sponsored by KPMG, Ulster Bank and media partner The Irish Times.
At the event, the American Chamber presented a Special Recognition Award to IDA Ireland for their outstanding contribution to inward investment and creating a global Ireland.
President of the American Chamber of Commerce, Mark Gantly said:
“The world-class level of innovation happening right here, right now is remarkable. It is the teams within Irish operations of US companies, constantly reinventing themselves that has moved Ireland up the value chain to provide high quality products & services for customers around the world.  We can all be incredibly proud of their work and innovation. But what has made us successful to-date may no longer apply tomorrow. People today – as citizens, as customers, as investors or visitors, want speed of delivery. We are innovating against the clock because our local and global customers demand it. And if we don’t deliver, someone else will. The US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards demonstrate that Ireland now stands at the leading edge of competitive innovation, we must ensure it stays there.
President of the Royal Irish Academy Professor Michael Peter Kennedy said:
The Royal Irish Academy is proud to partner with the American Chamber of Commerce on these awards to celebrate not just the extraordinary breathe of research innovation happening in Ireland as a direct result of US foreign direct investment but also, the world-class quality of these innovations and how they enrich lives and benefit society, globally.
Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said:
Ireland will always have a special relationship with the US business community and despite a turbulent global political landscape, we have shown that our doors will remain open to welcome and support US businesses to Ireland.
The investment relationship between the two countries is a two-way street. The activities of US companies in Ireland complement and add value to the activities of their parent companies back home. Ireland operates as an export base to the EU for manufactured products, a value-added creator in the global production chain and as the centre of European customer care and support for US manufacturing and services companies. 
US companies are playing a vital role developing Ireland’s innovation ecosystem which has been so well demonstrated with this evening’s awards. The combination of talent and technology we’ve seen here is a showcase of Ireland’s ingenuity on the global stage
This investment story would not have been possible without IDA and I want to congratulate them for their tremendous contribution to promoting Ireland as a destination for inward investment
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About Winners
Higher Educational Institute UNESCO Chair Institute of Technology Tralee
UFIT (Universal Fitness Innovation and Transformation) an innovative capacity building programme, based on rigorous research that provides bespoke resources to enable the fitness industry to embrace diversity and provide a quality, accessible service to people with disabilities. UFIT is promoted by IHRSA, the Boston headquartered industry body for a sector that has grown rapidly over the past four decades. Together the UNESCO Chair at the Institute of Technology Tralee and IHRSA are transforming the sector into one that embraces inclusion and diversity for the benefit of business and society. UFIT facilitates human rights objectives, while delivering economic and social benefits evidenced by the research. Initially, IHRSA coordinated the implementation of the UFIT Program in the US, which took place in six industry influencer sites in five states (Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia). Through UFIT, IHRSA is now driving an inclusive transformative change agenda in the industry, with more and more countries and sites on board.  The IT Tralee UNESCO Chair partnership with IHRSA via UFIT has elevated disability inclusion to the top of the industries development agenda. The World Health Organisation is now embarking on the UFIT journey with Tralee UNESCO Chair and IHRSA globally to implement UFIT.
Small Medium Enterprise Winner Allergy Standards
Allergy Standards, based here in Dublin, have developed the world’s first scientific standards for consumer products to determine their capability to improve indoor air quality and achieve asthma &allergy friendly® certification. The Certification Program is the only programme endorsed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Allergy Standards Limited connects top brands to over 60 million Americans affected by asthma and allergies. Some of the world’s leading manufacturers, such as LG, Dyson, Procter & Gamble, 3M and De’Longhi have certified a large variety of their products providing a whole of home offering of healthier products to their customers. Other brands include Mercedes, Crown Paints, Hollander and Welspun and they have certified products in all continents.
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