• Northern Ireland Medtech team in bid to make real life Tricorder

    Northern Ireland Medtech team in bid to make real life Tricorder

    A team led by Matrix panellist Jim McLaughlin has joined forces with a Silicon Valley Medtech company in a bid to create a real life Tricorder – the fictional hand held device featured in Star Trek.

    The local team, called zensor, and the US team, Scanadu, were named as two of ten Qualcomm […]

  • Astronaut asks UK schoolchildren to “make the call”

    Astronaut asks UK schoolchildren to “make the call”

    ESA astronaut Tim Peake has issued an invitation to UK school pupils to contact him via amateur radio during his mission to the International Space Station.

    Tim Peake will be launched to the Space Station in November to spend six months working and living on the orbiting research centre.

    Thanks to a […]

  • Paypal wants you to eat your password

    Paypal wants you to eat your password

    A PayPal executive who works with engineers and developers to find and test new technologies says that embeddable, injectable, and ingestible devices are the next wave in identification for mobile payments.

    PayPal’s global head of developer evangelism, Jonathan Leblanc, argues that technology has taken a huge leap forward to “true integration […]

  • New Google search algorithms will favour mobile friendly websites

    New Google search algorithms will favour mobile friendly websites

    From 21st April, Google will update its search algorithms so that “mobile friendliness” affects the prominence of your website’ s position in the search results.

    Other criteria will include the size of text and how well content fits on a mobile screen. Google says mobile friendliness is only one of many factors […]

  • Belfast Big Data Conference will focus on market worth £80bn

    Belfast Big Data Conference will focus on market worth £80bn

    Belfast’s Big Data Conference (part of the worldwide interactive Big Data Week event) will take place on the 23rd April.

    Speakers from HP, Sky, Amazon Web Services, Royal Mail and JustGiving will be there to advise Northern Ireland firms on opportunities within Big Data – the global market for which is set […]

  • Seedcorn competition offers €280k for innovative Irish businesses

    Seedcorn competition offers €280k for innovative Irish businesses

    Local entrepreneurs could win up to €280,000 through InterTradeIreland’s Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition 2015.

    The competition is now in its 13th year and is looking for young companies from all business sectors to apply.

    The Seedcorn competition mirrors the real life investment process and is aimed at early and new start companies that […]

MATRIX, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, is a business led expert panel, formed primarily to advise government, industry and academia on the commercial exploitation of R&D and science and technology in Northern Ireland.

We produce regular, in depth reports which outline the work, findings and recommendations of our specialist panels. These reports are an invaluable resource for anyone interested in how new technologies and market opportunities can be developed within the Northern Ireland economy and beyond.

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    Our 2015 Life and Health Sciences Report was launched in February at Titanic Belfast by George Freeman, UK Life Sciences Minister and Arlene Foster, Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Investment. The recommendations of the foresight report will help to inform a Life & Health Sciences Strategy for Northern Ireland.

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What we do

Our role

We advise government, industry and academia on the potential for commercial exploitation of R&D and science & technology for the Northern Ireland economy.
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Our impact

Our recommendations have influenced the development of key strategies such as the Programme for Government and the Northern Ireland Innovation Strategy.
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Our partners

We work in partnership with a wide range of professional organisations, all working together to help build a sustainable economy in Northern Ireland.
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STEM Charter
We first highlighted the importance of innovation, research and development in Northern Ireland’s STEM industries in 2008 and we’ve been promoting it ever since.
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The panel

We have a main panel of twelve business and academic leaders, supported by a small secretariat team based in DETI. The panel is chaired by Brian Keating, Managing Partner of CIP Partnership and visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Ulster, while the Deputy Chairs are Norman Apsley, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Science Park and Seagate’s Dr. Rob Hardeman. Other panel members include Professor Jim McLaughlin OBE, Dr. Joanne Stuart, Citi director John Healey and Bombardier’s Gavin Campbell.

Find out more about the panel

Current work

MATRIX has a robust programme of work in place, from our main Horizon panel reports to smaller reports and ‘thought pieces’ for government and strategic bodies. We are currently working on two Horizon reports and developing a library of reports that we have produced and others that the panel and secretariat have selected from other bodies.

ICT Digital

Our ICT Digital report is due for publication in Summer 2015.
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Advanced materials

Our advanced materials project is just getting underway.
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An online collection of reports we have used for reference and research.
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The MATRIX website is the home of Northern Ireland R&D, science and technology news.

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Northern Ireland Medtech team in bid to make real life Tricorder

April 28th, 2015|0 Comments

A team led by Matrix panellist Jim McLaughlin has joined forces with a Silicon Valley Medtech company in a bid to create a real life Tricorder – the fictional hand held device featured in Star Trek.

The […]

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Astronaut asks UK schoolchildren to “make the call”

April 20th, 2015|0 Comments

ESA astronaut Tim Peake has issued an invitation to UK school pupils to contact him via amateur radio during his mission to the International Space Station.

Tim Peake will be launched to the Space Station in […]

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Paypal wants you to eat your password

April 20th, 2015|0 Comments

A PayPal executive who works with engineers and developers to find and test new technologies says that embeddable, injectable, and ingestible devices are the next wave in identification for mobile payments.

PayPal’s global head of developer […]

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Upcoming events

Apr
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BelTech 2015 @ Titanic Belfast
Apr 29 – May 1 all-day

The 2nd annual BelTech Conference will be take place at Titanic Belfast on Thursday, April 30th. It will be preceded by a day of masterclasses on Wednesday 29th April in various locations across Belfast.
This conference will inform, inspire and engage Developers and Programmers, Data Scientists, Designers and Data Enthusiasts. With the introduction of a Start-up Track running alongside our Practitioner Track it will also appeal to local tech start-ups and entrepreneurs allowing them to innovate and compete more effectively.
This years key themes will focus on DevOps, Big Data, Cybersecurity , Internet of Things, Product Design, Funding and a special Dragons Den session. We will have a variety of local and international speakers and investors who will share their wealth of knowledge and expertise in their field.