Two entrepreneurial Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) graduates have driven forward their engineering consultancy by collaborating with researchers at their alma mater.
Founded in 2012, Waterford-based Aphex is the brainwave of co-founders and WIT graduates, Waterford native Kevin Walsh (BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science graduate) and Kilkenny man Martin Malone (BSc (Hons) Computer Aided Manufacturing graduate). WIT’s Telecommunications, Software & Systems Group (TSSG) recently collaborated with the company on developing revolutionary software for the safe disposal of chemical waste for the pharmaceutical industry.
Aphex co-founder Kevin Walsh who competed in and won the ‘Best Established Business’ category in the Waterford final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2016 competition has described the software as a game changer.
Walsh explains the importance of the solution Aphex is developing with TSSG.
“𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑖𝑥𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑏𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑣𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔, 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑠 𝑜𝑓 ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒, 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑓𝑖𝑔𝑢𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡, 𝑟𝑒𝑝𝑢𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑑𝑎𝑚𝑎𝑔𝑒, 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑟𝑒𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑐𝑢𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠. 𝐴𝑝ℎ𝑒𝑥 𝑎𝑖𝑚𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑎𝑢𝑡𝑜𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑎𝑙 𝑜𝑓 𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑚𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑤𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑙𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑𝑤𝑖𝑑𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑧𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑛 𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑜𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑓𝑡𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑙𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑚𝑖𝑥𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑚𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑎𝑚𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑟.”
“𝑇𝑆𝑆𝐺 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑑𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑠𝑢𝑏𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑑𝑣𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑒𝑐ℎ𝑛𝑜𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑙𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛, 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑖𝑠 𝑐𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑙𝑦 𝑣𝑎𝑙𝑢𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑢𝑠 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝐴𝑝ℎ𝑒𝑥,” he continues. “𝐴𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑚𝑎 𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑦 𝑙𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠, 𝑠𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑜𝑙𝑠, ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑠, 𝑚𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑑𝑒𝑣𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑐ℎ 𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑠 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑏𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑓𝑖𝑡 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑠𝑜𝑓𝑡𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑙𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛.”
This collaboration combines TSSG’s globally recognised expertise in ICT with its Validation and Verification team lead by Catherine Cunniffe providing expertise and support in developing out their technology and the Data Mining & Social computing team lead by Eric Robson providing expertise in data mining and cloud computing.
Commenting on the partnership TSSG’s Verification & Validation Manager, Catherine Cunniffe said: “𝑊𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝐴𝑝ℎ𝑒𝑥 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑎 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑓𝑜𝑐𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑑, 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑦. 𝐻𝑎𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘𝑒𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝐸𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑒 𝐼𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑’𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑜𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑣𝑜𝑢𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑤𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑛𝑜𝑤 𝑙𝑜𝑜𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑡 𝑒𝑥𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝 𝑏𝑦 𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚 𝑖𝑛 𝑠𝑒𝑐𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑛 𝐼𝑛𝑛𝑜𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝐸𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑒 𝐼𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑.”
The innovation voucher system through Enterprise Ireland was used to develop a technology roadmap in collaboration with TSSG and has allowed Aphex to accelerate the design of the software. The company hopes to launch a minimum viable product in Q2 2017.