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Tyndall launches Deep Dive start-up programme


Sean Byerley, head of Bank of Ireland, Cork City; Declan O'Mahoney, entrepreneur-in-residence, Tyndall and former CEO, Firecomms; and Carl Jackson, former CTO, SensL are supporting the project

The Tyndall National Institute based in Cork, Ireland, is looking for entrepreneurs to join the next wave of high-value start-ups through its Deep Dive programme.

It has a portfolio of electronics and photonics technologies ranging from radiation detectors used in the International Space Station to infrared sensors for autonomous vehicles and wearable rehabilitation devices. All of these are spin-out ready and many have received Enterprise Ireland commercialisation funding to bring them closer to market.

Supporting the project are Carl Jackson, former CTO, SensL; Joe O'Keeffe, former CEO, InfiniLED; and Declan O'Mahoney, entrepreneur-in-residence, Tyndall and former CEO, Firecomms.

Declan O’Mahoney was previously CEO of Firecomms, a high-tech compound semiconductor spin-out from Tyndall. Firecomms was Ireland’s first high-tech company to be acquired by a Chinese corporation when the company exited to ZJY Corp of Zhejiang in 2010. O’Mahoney was CEO of University of Ulster spin-out Heartsine Technologies which was acquired by Stryker Corp and is a private investor in a number of start-ups.

Joe O’Keeffe founded InfiniLED which commercialised a new generation of Micro LED technology developed at Tyndall. The technology significantly extends the battery life for portable devices such as cameras, mobile phones and laptops, as well as for various medical and analytical instrumentation. In 2016 InfiniLED was acquired by Facebook-owned Oculus.

Carl Jackson founded SensL, a spin-out from the CMOS-compatible, low-light sensor technology Carl’s PhD research was based on. SensL commercialised the technology for use in silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) and SPAD imaging arrays. Since being founded in 2004, SensL grew from start-up to multiple market segment leader in Medical Imaging and Automotive LiDAR and in May 2018, SensL was acquired by ON Semiconductor.

Deep Dive is part-funded by Bank of Ireland under its technology commercialisation programme with Tyndall National Institute.

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