Georgia Tech Ireland

Georgia Tech Ireland: Bridging the gap to successful innovation

Established in December 2006, Georgia Tech Ireland (GTI) is a highly-regarded collaborator with Irish corporations, universities and research centres, as well as with U.S. companies.

GTI's offices are located in a 115-acre industrial park in the strategically located city of Athlone in the heart of Ireland. Athlone is near Galway, the Irish centre of biomedicine; Cork, the centre of the pharmaceutical industry; and Dublin, the centre for information communication technology.

On June 18, 2010, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) and the University of Limerick, announced a unique partnership to develop a joint translational research institute. Prime Minister of Ireland Brian Cowen, T.D., Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson, NUI Galway President James J. Browne and University of Limerick President Don Barry attended the ceremony, held at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, Ireland.

With an increasing emphasis on research providing immediate industrial and economic benefits, Ireland is focused on a "smart economy" and a knowledge-based society. The proposed translational research institute, with the backing of Georgia Tech's long-standing and extensive track record of industry-focused research and technology development, will play a key leadership role in launching new technology. This will benefit U.S. companies with an interest in Ireland, as well as Ireland-based corporations.

The new translational research institute will focus on the core technologies and expertise of the partner institutions. While it will retain the Georgia Tech Ireland name, it will be constituted as a commercial Irish company. The three partner universities will be connected through a member agreement that defines the relationship between the institutions and the company. GT Ireland will report to the three institutions through a research advisory council that will define the research objectives. The agreement also allows each of the three institutions to formally conduct joint research programs of benefit to the people of Ireland and Georgia. Initial research activities will include development of wireless sensors, digital media in health systems, medical supply chains and sustainable energy.

The new partnership will also make it easier for Georgia Tech to conduct many large-scale applied research programs and will provide additional real-world research opportunities for Georgia Tech students.

"Georgia Tech is building upon a successful working relationship with both universities that has already produced important research in such areas as use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) in medical inventory management and energy management for buildings, and in-home care of aging populations," said Georgia Tech President Peterson. "Georgia Tech remains committed to research efforts in Ireland, and we feel the synergy with our Irish partners will be a pathway to long-term successful operations."