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Queen’s KTP named Regional Winner

Queen’s KTP named Regional Winner

The award-winning Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) team from Queen’s and Seven Technologies Ltd. (L-R) Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor James McElnay; KTP Associate Mr Tim Kernohan; Invest NI Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton; Dr Mary Flynn, Head of KTP & Business Networks at Queen’s; Iain Rankin from Seven Technologies Ltd; Scott Rutherford, Head of Research and Enterprise; and Tom Edgar, Director of The Northern Ireland Technology Centre at Queen’s

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Queen’s and Lisburn-based engineering company, Seven Technologies Ltd, has been named Northern Ireland’s Regional Winner for 2012.

The KTP programme, which saw Seven Technologies Ltd work alongside The Northern Ireland Technology Centre at Queen’s to focus on the development and implementation of a design and manufacturing process, received the honour at the annual KTP Awards in Londonderry.

As a result of the winning collaboration, the company has been able to expand its business into new markets and has enjoyed success in collaborating with much larger companies to deliver joint projects as well as producing an effective cost efficient design and manufacturing process.

Commenting on the award, Dr Mary Flynn, Head of KTP & Business Networks at Queen’s, said: “This latest KTP success further illustrates the business impact of knowledge transfer activity which translates academic expertise into wealth creation. KTPs bring together the key elements which underpin research and development and lead to economic prosperity, and their impact on local business has been immense.”

The project with Seven Technologies was carried out over the period September 2009 until September 2011 under the supervision of Dr Rachel Gibson from the NI Technology Centre at Queen’s. The project was part-funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the Technology Strategy Board.

Further information on KTP partnerships at Queen’s is available online at http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/KTPandBusinessNetworks//

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