Bray firm in the mix for in­no­va­tion award

Bray People - - NEWS - BY ES­THER HAY­DEN

A WICK­LOW firm is in the run­ning for a top in­no­va­tion award

Megazyme In­ter­na­tional is among 21 fi­nal­ists which have been short­listed for the Ir­ish Times In­no­va­tion Awards.

There are seven cat­e­gories in to­tal and Megazyme In­ter­na­tional has been nom­i­nated in the Life Sciences & Health­care cat­e­gory.

The aim of the awards, which are now in their sev­enth year, is to show­case and re­ward ex­cel­lence in in­no­va­tion across a range of prod­ucts and ser­vices.

Biotech firm Megazyme, based in Bray has de­vel­oped a key enzyme that dic­tates the qual­ity of malted ce­real grain. It has fol­lowed this up with a new kit for meas- ur­ing the key enzyme in­volved in ethanol bio­fu­els pro­duc­tion.

The win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion will be an­nounced at a high pro­file awards cer­e­mony in early Oc­to­ber in Dublin. Each cat­e­gory win­ner will se­cure a €10,000 me­dia pack­age with The Ir­ish Times and an iPad with a sub­scrip­tion to The Ir­ish Times e pa­per.

The over­all win­ner of ‘In­no­va­tion of the Year’ will win a com­mu­ni­ca­tions and ad­ver­tis­ing pack­age from The Ir­ish Times, worth in ex­cess of €150,000. In ad­di­tion, they’ll also win a UCD Smur­fit Busi­ness School schol­ar­ship for an Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme com­menc­ing in 2017 and a state of the art lap­top.

Michael McAleer, in­no­va­tion edi­tor at The Ir­ish Times, de­scribed the cal­i­bre of this year’s en­tries as ex­tremely high.

‘ This has been one of the most chal­leng­ing, yet in­ter­est­ing years I can re­mem­ber since we started the awards, with in­cred­i­bly strong can­di­dates fight­ing for a fi­nal­ist spot in ev­ery cat­e­gory. I don’t envy the fi­nal judg­ing panel who will have to pick a win­ner for each cat­e­gory, as well as an over­all ‘In­no­va­tion of the Year’.’

While over 300 com­pa­nies regis­tered for the awards it is now just down to the 21 short­listed en­tries who will present their in­no­va­tions be­fore a dis­tin­guished panel of judges in Dublin in June. The fi­nal judg­ing panel in­cludes: Dr Chris Horn, co-founder of IONA Tech­nolo­gies, Nor­man Crow­ley CEO & founder Crow­ley Car­bon Ltd, Kevin Neary, co-founder of the GameS­top Group, He­len Kirk­patrick MBE.

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