PEARlabs receives SFI Future Innovator Prize

The UCD PEARlabs team, led by Prof Dominic Zerulla, UCD School of Physics, developed a highly innovative imaging solution that enables super-fast real-time nanoscale optical microscopy. This aims to transform our understanding of processes such as cell signalling and cell proliferation in cancer. Their project was entitled, Enabling Next Generation Biological Imaging.

On receiving the Award, Prof Dominic Zerulla, founder PEARlabs said: “I am delighted to receive this award, which is verification that the transformative potential of our disruptive imaging method has been recognised. Our PEARlabs technology will allow life science researchers to understand bio-medically relevant mechanisms to enable an unparalleled in-depth understanding of life-threatening diseases such as cancer and pandemic viral infections, including the coronavirus. This will in turn facilitate the development of faster drug delivery and testing.”


PEARlabs’ PEAR imaging technology has been chosen by Science Foundation Ireland, SFI as one of the top ten innovations of 2018/19

We are now in the second round of the SFI Future Innovator Price – Driving STEM-led innovation to address society’s greatest challenges – next round of the competition on Friday 29th, 2019.

Ministers Humphreys and Halligan announce 12 teams competing for €1 million SFI Future Innovator Prize

Monday 25 February, 2019 – Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, today announced the twelve teams in the running for the SFI Future Innovator Prize, a new challenge-based prize programme calling on researchers to develop innovative approaches to societal challenges facing Ireland. With five teams to be shortlisted in April of this year, an overall winning team will be announced in December and receive a prize award of €1 million, providing the opportunity to implement an innovative solution with potential to deliver significant impact to Irish society. Congratulating the competing teams, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, said: “The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation launched the SFI Future Innovator Prize with Science Foundation Ireland to encourage bright minds across the country to work together to identify major challenges facing Ireland’s society, and to propose creative and impactful solutions to them. It is very exciting to enter into the next phase of the competition with twelve teams of diverse and interdisciplinary individuals. Their innovative ideas are of a superb standard and I am confident that ultimately, the prize award of €1 million will support research that will provide Ireland with positive, tangible impact.”
Among the successful teams are Prof. Dominic Zerulla (Physics and Plasmonics, UCD and founder of PEARlabs); Dr Dimitri Scholz (Biology and Director of the Conway Imaging facilities, UCD); Peter Doyle (consulting the European Commission with the Brussels Photonics Team on strategic innovation and business development).
Project: “Enabling Next Generation Biological Imaging – Real‐time imaging of nanoscale biological processes via plasmonically enabled nanopixel arrays”.

PEARlabs is presenting their award winning technology at Futurescope 2019

“FutureScope is Ireland’s number one innovation event and the only conference dedicated to exploring new business opportunities arising from emerging technologies.
FutureScope brings together leaders from the technology ecosystem to share perspectives on the implications of disruptive technologies, providing valuable insights to businesses at all stages of the innovation lifecycle.”

Convention Center Dublin CCD, Ireland, Thursday 28th March.