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Published on 21.01.14

Graduate and Founder of Medical Device Company Wins Innovation Award

Vivienne Williams, co-founder of Cellix Ltd, with Trinity Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast

The Trinity Innovation Award was last week presented to entrepreneurial graduate, Vivienne Williams. Vivienne is the CEO of the TCD spin out company Cellix Ltd. which was co-founded by CRANN PI, Prof. Igor Shvets.

Cellix Ltd has developed new technology mimicking human capillaries in plastic with microfluidic pumping solutions. It counts leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies among its clients. 

The Trinity Innovation Award is an annual award presented to an individual or company that has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of an entrepreneurial culture within the University and society.  

Vivienne received her Masters in Science from the TCD's School of Physics, in 2002.

On receiving the Trinity  Innovation Award,  Vivienne said: “ I’m delighted to receive this award and believe that it marks our dedication to the development of innovative tools for drug discovery and development.”

On presenting the award to Vivienne Williams, Trinity Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergras congratulated her on developing the commercial potential of her research at Trinity:

“Vivienne is an excellent example of an entrepreneurial graduate. Her innovative career path acts as an inspiration to our students; by achieving excellence in research and  exploiting  its commercial potential  she now heads up a significant innovative company. Trinity is committed to educating for an entrepreneurial mindset with long-term benefits for the economy and society. Our recently launched Strategy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship builds on our entrepreneurial culture, pioneering an integrated approach to innovation and entrepreneurship that will permeate all levels of education.   It is forging an entrepreneurial campus, bringing forward a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs that will create scalable businesses and sustainable jobs. “

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http://www.tcd.ie/Communications/news/pressreleases/pressRelease.php?headerID=3484&pressReleaseArchive=2014

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