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Teagasc / Dairy Concepts Irl Shortlisted for KTI Impact Award

Teagasc are delighted to be short listed in the Collaborative Research Award category for the Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards 2018, which will be presented on Thursday 26 April in Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8.


Teagasc was shortlisted for its collaboration with Dairy Concepts Irl, based on a submission led by Teagasc technology transfer office (TTO). The KTI Impact Awards recognise and showcase the success in knowledge transfer carried out in Irish Higher Education Institutions and publicly funded research organisations for the wider benefit of the economy. They also acknowledge and celebrate the important roles of TTOs, in making knowledge transfer and commercialisation happen The other two short listed in this category are; University College Dublin collaborating with ENBIO, and University of Limerick collaborating with EJ Access Solutions.

The Teagasc Principal Research Investigator on the collaboration with Dairy Concepts Irl was Prof Tim Guinee of Teagasc Food Research Centre Moorepark, Fermoy, County Cork. 

Dairy Concepts IRL (DCI) is a consumer led, technology driven food R&D company. It has based its product development function and European manufacturing base at Teagasc Moorepark, Fermoy, while franchising manufacturing and distribution model will be employed for other international markets. Established in 2012, DCI creates functional dairy snacks with global appeal using an innovative dairy platform technology licenced from Teagasc. DCI has developed a "world-first" range of high protein, hand-held natural dairy snacks. DCI’s first product to market, Fruchee Friends, won Best Children’s Dairy Product at the prestigious 2017 World Dairy Innovation Awards, where the judging panel deemed it an “entirely new product category”. Through an agreement with a multinational partner, Fruchee Friends dairy bars have recently been launched in Ireland and the UK, in selected SuperValu and Tesco stores.

The Teagasc – DCI relationship has involved many channels, building from an early feasibility study into collaborative research, consultancy, pilot trials and IP licensing. According to Sales Director at DCI, Paul Simpson; “The support from the TTO during the initiation of the collaboration and its formalisation into a feasibility study and then through negotiations of IP licenses and further collaborations was fantastic and a key enabler for us. It enabled a clear bridge between an academic and commercial organisation with ambitious commercial plans and allowed an outcome that was beneficial to both parties, while also key to building trust between the parties.”

Knowledge Transfer Ireland is the national office that helps business to benefit from access to Irish expertise and technology by making it simple to connect and engage with the research base in Ireland. Knowledge Transfer Ireland enables companies to innovate their business by signposting to novel technology and research expertise in Ireland and by providing best practice guidance to simplify the process of accessing this rich source of opportunity.