The University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute was launched by Enda Kenny in the Analog Devices Building on Tuesday.
The development which has been labelled a ‘game-changer’ is worth €86m and is dedicated to the ever-expanding field of science and engineering research.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny is hopeful that the programmes it will host will “build on the university’s significant strengths in research in science and engineering.”
The facility will house over 260 researchers who will be working at the cutting edge advances in the latest developments of pharmaceuticals and medicine.
The wide-ranging areas of research at Bernal also include the development of a new metallic alloy, nickel titanium, in partnership with Cook Medical for use in minimally invasive medical devices such as guidewires for stents and catheters, which are used when a patient is under x-ray.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said, “The opening of the Bernal Institute at UL will ensure that Ireland stays at the cutting edge of research and innovation. Advances in pharmaceuticals, medicines and materials at the Bernal Institute will help tackle the great challenges facing society today.”
UL President Don Barry, who was also gave a speech at the launch, addressed Research Impact as the core vision of the new institute.
“Bernal is a shining example of industry, government and philanthropy working together to create a game-changer in terms of impact. And by impact I mean impact in the real world that generates real benefits for real people and helps to build the future for us all,” Mr Barry said.
In infrastructural terms, the development comprises the Lonsdale Building completed in 1996, the MSSI building completed in 2002 and the recently-completed Phase Two of that building and the new Analog Devices Building, so named following a major gift by the company to the UL Foundation.