The Trinity College Dublin Innovation Award for 2010 has been won by the founders of Creme Software, a company which assesses consumer exposure risk to food contamination and environmental concerns. It was founded as a TCD spin-out company of the Trinity Centre for High Performance Computing from research in mathematical physics and medicine at the University.
Currently located on the Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus, Creme Software was incorporated in 2005 and provides high performance computing exposure assessment software and services to international organisations such as the European Food Safety Authority, the US Department of Agriculture and Unilever and is expanding its services into new areas of chemicals and cosmetics exposure assessment.
CEO of Creme Software, Cronan McNamara, Co-founder and Director of Creme, Audrey Crosbie and TCD Provost, Dr John Hegarty.
Provost, Dr John Hegarty presented the award at a special award ceremony (February 17th) in recognition of the company’s continuing success in growing and expanding into new markets:
“Creme Software is a wonderful example of what can happen when academic researchers from very different disciplines get together and spark the unpredictable. In this case a nutritionist and a mathematician spawned a company that is spreading its tentacles across the world and addressing a societal need.”
On receiving the award, co-founder and CEO of Creme, Cronan McNamara stated: “We are delighted to accept this prestigious award on behalf of everyone at the company. Innovation is a fundamental part of our work, and we believe that our focus on innovation will lead to even greater success for the company in the future.”
Co-founder and Director of Creme, Audrey Crosbie added: “Industry and Governments have a duty of care to protect consumers; Creme can accurately quantify consumers’ safety, allowing the Governments to focus resources in those areas that have greatest impact on public health.”
Creme illustrates the opportunities created from leveraging the strengths of researchers, collaboration with other universities and of moving into new areas of growth in science. It justifies the faith of the original grant donors, and of the College in providing facilities for innovation in what seemed to be a very long term proposition.
The Innovation Award was crafted at the Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus by Seamus Gill, one of Ireland’s noted silversmiths.