• Inside Business focuses on Life & Health Sciences in Northern Ireland

    Inside Business focuses on Life & Health Sciences in Northern Ireland

    Wendy Austin’s  popular radio show Inside Business presents commentary and analysis on business and the economy in Northern Ireland. This week her focus was on Life & Health Sciences.

    Listen to the show

    Wendy Austin brought together Dr Stephen Barr, Managing Director at Almac Sciences, Dr Frances Weldon, Business Alliance Manager Medicine, […]

  • CCP Gransden awarded £100k funding for research

    CCP Gransden awarded £100k funding for research

    Newtownards engineering firm CCP Gransden has secured major funding under a UK-wide aerospace initiative to carry out focused research and development into innovative aircraft components.

    The company has been offered nearly £100k under the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) through Invest Northern Ireland’s Grant for R&D, which is part funded by the […]

  • Biggest ever TechXplore set for Belfast this September

    Biggest ever TechXplore set for Belfast this September

    The third annual TechXplore event will take place on 3rd September in Belfast.

    This year’s TechXplore will offer those attending access to global experts in digital start-ups, music tech, media tech, health tech and a range of investors. Bespoke workshops with global experts will also be available to limited numbers of attendees. […]

  • £10m available for Internet of Things city project

    £10m available for Internet of Things city project

    The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is to invest up to £10 million in a single collaborative R&D project to demonstrate the capability of the Internet of Things (IoT) in a city region.

    This competition (delivered by Innovate UK on behalf of DCMS) is part of a wider £40 […]

  • P&G adds bitter taste to detergent packs to improve safety

    P&G adds bitter taste to detergent packs to improve safety

    US home products giant Procter & Gamble has impregnated the outside layer of its laundry packets with a bitter taste in a bid to reduce potential child detergent poisoning.

    The move comes as new rules covering laundry products and packaging came into effect last month in Europe and which could soon […]

  • £3m available for technology inspired innovation feasibility study

    £3m available for technology inspired innovation feasibility study

    Innovate UK is to invest up to £3 million in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four enabling technology areas that underpin future UK growth.

    The areas are advanced materials, biosciences, electronics, sensors and photonics and information and communication technology (ICT).

    Competition brief for this competition
    Guidance for applicants for this competition

    The aim […]

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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  • Read our latest report on Life & Health Sciences

    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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The library

An online collection of reports we have used for reference and research.
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Latest news

The MATRIX website is the home of Northern Ireland R&D, science and technology news.

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Inside Business focuses on Life & Health Sciences in Northern Ireland

July 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Wendy Austin’s  popular radio show Inside Business presents commentary and analysis on business and the economy in Northern Ireland. This week her focus was on Life & Health Sciences.

Listen to the show

Wendy Austin brought together […]

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CCP Gransden awarded £100k funding for research

July 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Newtownards engineering firm CCP Gransden has secured major funding under a UK-wide aerospace initiative to carry out focused research and development into innovative aircraft components.

The company has been offered nearly £100k under the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation […]

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Biggest ever TechXplore set for Belfast this September

July 20th, 2015|0 Comments

The third annual TechXplore event will take place on 3rd September in Belfast.

This year’s TechXplore will offer those attending access to global experts in digital start-ups, music tech, media tech, health tech and a range of […]

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Upcoming events

Sep
20
Sun
EUROMAT 2015 @ Warsaw University of Technology
Sep 20 – Sep 24 all-day

The latest in the series of EUROMAT conferences will be hosted in Warsaw on 20–24 September 2015. The venue will be the Warsaw University of Technology, the oldest and the largest technical university in Poland.

The EUROMAT conferences have been held every two years since 1989, and have an increased record of bringing together up to 2,000 researchers, scientists, trainees, and students from both academia and industry to discuss critical developments and perspectives in the field of materials science and technology and their applications.

In 2015, the symposia within the conference will be grouped under the main headings: (A) Functional Materials, (B) Structural Materials, (C) Processing, (D) Characterization and Modelling, (E) Energy and Environment, and (F) Biomaterials and Healthcare, and there will be additional contributions on (G) Education, Technology Transfer and Strategic Materials.

The programme will include plenary lectures, parallel sessions and poster presentations. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed for quality and impact. Accepted abstracts will be assigned to oral or poster sessions, and will appear in the programme booklet. An industrial exhibition will accompany the event and a social program as well.

EUROMAT2015 marks the first time that a conference in this series has been held in Poland. Warsaw, Poland’s capital and largest city, is an economic, political, and cultural centre. It is a city with a rich history, and a wonderful combination of modern urban development and historical architecture.

Oct
7
Wed
2015 Clinical Innovation Conference @ Riddel Hall
Oct 7 – Oct 8 all-day

This  collaborative conference aims to build relationships between Northern Ireland clinical researchers and the pharmaceutical industry with a view to increasing collaborative research and adoption of innovation.

Using a cross-sector approach with the needs of our patients at the centre of the plans, the event is aimed at enhancing Northern Ireland’s ability to attract, foster and implement clinical innovation.
The conference will build on last year’s successful Clinical Research Visit, which resulted in the initiation of over twenty potential new research collaborations.

One year on, the challenge is not only to maintain this momentum, but also to explore how our health and social care system can derive maximum benefit from implementing and adopting clinical innovation at a time of great change and equally great financial pressure.