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€4.8 M AgTech Research & Business Facility Opens at UCD Lyons Farm

€4.8 M AgTech Research & Business Facility Opens at UCD Lyons Farm
Key Takeaways
  1. A new €4.8 million facility focused on agritech has been inaugurated at UCD Lyons Farm.
  2. The facility comprises the AgTechUCD Innovation Centre and the UCD Bimeda Herd Health Hub.
  3. The project received funding from Enterprise Ireland, UCD, and a philanthropic donation from Bimeda.
  4. The center aims to support early-stage start-ups and SMEs in the agri, agtech, agrifood, and veterinary sectors.
  5. The facility will also serve as an educational and research hub for veterinary medicine and agriculture students.

A state-of-the-art €4.8 million facility has been officially opened at UCD Lyons Farm, aiming to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and education in the agritech sector. The facility includes two major components: the AgTechUCD Innovation Centre and the UCD Bimeda Herd Health Hub.

Funding and Support

The construction of this new facility began last year and was financially supported by Enterprise Ireland, UCD, and a philanthropic contribution from Bimeda, a veterinary pharma company. Nearly €3.5 million of the funding came from the Regional Enterprise Development Fund, highlighting the government’s commitment to rural economic development.

Objectives and Features

Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment, emphasized that the facility would be instrumental in nurturing the next generation of Irish agtech start-ups. The AgTechUCD Innovation Centre promotes and accelerates early-stage start-ups and SMEs with disruptive innovations in agri, agtech, agrifood, and veterinary sectors. It will provide clients with preferred access to on-farm experimental facilities at UCD Lyons Farm, allowing for real-world testing and trialing of products and services.

Educational Impact

The UCD Bimeda Herd Health Hub aims to serve as a national facility for dairy herd health education, research, and consultancy. It will support delivering state-of-the-art training to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine. The hub will also support UCD’s flagship distance-learning graduate program, the Graduate Certificate in Dairy Herd Health, which equips practicing veterinarians with the latest tools for herd data analysis and practical herd evaluation skills.

Future Prospects

Carol Gibbons, Manager, Regions and Local Enterprise, Enterprise Ireland, expressed excitement about the facility’s potential in the coming years. She stated that the AgTechUCD Innovation Centre would become a focal point for Irish agtech, providing new entrepreneurs with the support, guidance, and collaboration required to elevate their ideas.

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