Dr Örn Almarsson gives an invited lecture to TBSI

Örn Almarsson, Head of Formulation of Moderna Therapeutics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, gave a lecture about his work titled “Messenger RNA: A Novel Therapeutic Approach”, today. Moderna Therapeutics have demonstrated the possibilities offered by mRNA-based treatments, establishing partnerships with Merck, receiving awards for their research achievements and raising over $1.1 billion in equity financing.

Örn was invited to speak to TBSI by Thorri, of whom he is a longtime friend. It was a pleasure to have him talk about his work and provide a unique insight into the world of cutting-edge industry research.



Prof. A. P. De Silva Speaks to the Dublin University Werner Chemical Society


A. P. giving his lecture to the DU Werner Chemical Society

A. P. de Silva, longtime friend and former supervisor of Thorri, and professor at Queen’s University of Belfast, gave a lecture about his work on “Fluorescent sensing and logic systems” today for the first DU Werner Chemical Society talk of the year. Group members Hannah and Isabel – who are also committee members of the Society – helped organise the talk. A. P.’s work on fluorescent sensors has developed into a range of blood gas and electrolyte analysers, sales of which by Roche, OPTI Medical (for human health case) and IDEXX (for animal use) have surpassed $530 million, and saved countless lives. As always, it was both a pleasure and an honour to have A. P. as a guest at Trinity and an enjoyable and unique experience to participate to one of his talks. Looking forward to the next time!

Dr Jon Kitchen gives a talk at UCD

UCD_logoJon presented some of his work at the RSC Materials Workshop on Multi-Functional Materials in the Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology at University College Dublin. The RSC description for the meeting was as follows: “This is a two day meeting for researchers at all levels and is designed as a discursive workshop with a pedagogical element. The main theme is finding ways to use molecular magnets (SMMs and SCO complexes) in real devices. Talks will be delivered by leading experts and younger researchers including postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers.”

Link: http://www.rsc.org/ConferencesAndEvents/conference/alldetails.cfm?evid=108287