The judging panel is comprised of individuals active in the clinic, in the laboratory and in research and business management, bringing a range of perspectives relevant to clinical research, patient care and the efficient translation of research findings from bench to bedside.
Chair of the Research Committee
Dr. Gearóid Tuohy has worked at the interface of business and technology development in the medical, biological and clinical sciences for over fifteen years specializing in new product & market development, entrepreneurship, intellectual property (IP) management, investment, operations and the commercialization of pharmaceutical, biologic, gene therapy and medical device opportunities. In this time Dr. Tuohy has led and executed a range of development and commercial deals with several of the large global bio-pharmaceutical companies and has founded and supported the launch and development of 4 new companies in the bio-/medical market.
Dr. Tuohy currently manages all aspects of technology transfer and early stage commercialization at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) where he is responsible for operations, portfolio development, licensing, collaboration, contract management and all monetization activities for the College’s IP assets. Prior to his role at the RCSI, Dr. Tuohy served for 6 years as CEO of Genable Technologies Ltd, a specialty neuro-degeneration therapeutics company spun out of research conducted at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College, Dublin (TCD). Dr. Tuohy’s research interests include novel drug development strategies for ophthalmic and neurodegenerative disorders, apoptosis and genomic science. Dr. Tuohy holds a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin in ocular degeneration & therapeutic strategies for retinal disorders and a B.Sc. (1st Class) in Microbiology & Genetics from University College Galway.
After completing an MPhil and PhD in Statistics, David Young worked as a Research Statistician in a pharmaceutical company and then as a Consultant Statistician and Data Manager for a statistical consultancy service. After a post-doctoral research post in Medical Statistics he moved into an academic post at the University of Strathclyde where he continues to do research in medical statistics and provides statistical support as a consultant for NHS staff throughout Glasgow.