CRT Genomics Industry Day – 1st June 2022

We are delighted to reschedule the CRT Genomics Industry day after its cancellation in 2021 due to the arrival of omicron. It will now take place on 1st June  2022 at the Hardiman Hotel in Galway

The event, which is planned as an in-person meeting  will involve presentations, panel discussions and industry stands/banners/posters.


This event aims to:

  1. Connect Companies with our supervisor and student network.
  2. Make our students aware of career options and prospects in the genomics industry.
  3. Identify the skills needs/shortages for the development of the genomics industry in Ireland.
  4. Define new opportunities for collaborations in genomics between industry and academia.
  5. Provide a forum to discuss national policy initiatives that could promote the development of health related genomics in Ireland.


Planned activities:

1.      Networking – company posters and stands to provide opportunities for students and PIs to browse and discuss the research activities and interests of companies and learn about careers in industry.

2.      Careers in the genomics industry and the skillsets they require – presentations by genomics scientists working in industry, and/or significant employers of genomics data scientists in Ireland.

3.      Policies that would help grow the Irish genomics industry – presentations by  key stakeholders (e.g. industry, government, academia, patient/charity) followed by chaired discussion then opening up to floor.


For Industry participants

We would like to request that you bring a pull up banner/poster if you have one, to facilitate networking with supervisors and students. If you would also like to have a table please let us know on the registration form.


Registration has now closed


Draft Programme

10.00- 11.00 Registration and coffee
11.00 – 11.10 Welcome by CRT Director Cathal Seoighe (goals for the day and opportunities to work with the CRT)


11.10-11.50 KEYNOTE speaker – Serena Scollen, ELIXIR Head of Human Genomics and Translational Data, Wellcome Genome Campus, UK (Virtual)

Towards cross-border access to beyond 1M genomes

Skills requirements
11.50- 12.00 Industry talk 1 Daniel Murphy, Head of Genomics, Akkure


12.00-.12.10 Industry talk 2 – Helena Ahlfors, Senior Manager, Bioinformatics Team, Illumina Laboratory Services, Cambridge


12.10-12.20 Industry talk 3 – Ian Richardson, Data Science Team Lead, MSD Animal Health


12.20-12.30 Industry talk 4- Nathan Lawless, Director of External Innovation, Global Computational Biology and Digital Sciences Department, Boehringer Ingelheim


12.30-12.40 Industry talk 5 – Bob Vaughan, Head of Data, Congenica
12.40- 13.00 Chaired panel discussion to identify & highlight common themes in terms of industry needs and future opportunities (Chair: Gianpiero Cavalleri)


13.00- 14.30 Lunch & networking


Vision for a health-related genomics policy in Ireland
14.30 – 15.10 KEYNOTE speaker Aedin Culhane, Professor of Cancer Genomics, University of Limerick

Data Driven Oncology Research: Importance of Genomics and Real World Evidence

15.10- 15.20  Kasia Goljenak-Whysall – Patient Representative and Associate Professor at NUI Galway


15.20-15.30 Avril Kennan – CEO Health Research Charities Ireland (HRCI)


15.30-15.40 Maeve Lowry – Professor of Translational Cancer Medicine and Chairperson of the Cancer Molecular Diagnostics Advisory Group of the National Cancer Control Program (NCCP).


15.40-16.20 Coffee break and networking
16.20- 16.30  John Coughlan, Government Affairs Partner, Roche


16.30-16.40 Teresa Maguire, Director of Research Strategy & Funding, Health Research Board


16.40-16.50 Gianpiero Cavalleri, Professor of Human Genetics, RCSI


16.50- 17.20 Chaired panel discussion (Chair: Conchuir MacGloinn)


17.20- 17.30 Closing remarks

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