Academic Research & Industrial Innovation - Bridging Cultures to Unleash the Potential

  • Dr. Alan Hynes
  • September 2011


Dr. Alan Hynes Executive Director, Competence Centre for Applied Nanotechnology (CCAN)

Alan Hynes joined the centre as Executive Director in May 2010. He has 15 years industrial technology commercialisation and new product development experience, in both start-up & multi-national businesses serving global customers in the ICT & medical device markets. During that time he has held application engineering, product marketing and customer management roles and prior to joining CCAN he was Managing Director of Dow Corning Ireland Ltd.

Alan is a graduate of NUI Galway and the University of Durham. He achieved certification as a New Product Development Professional with the PDMA and has completed Enterprise Ireland’s Innovate 2 Profit training programme on innovation management. He has co-authored 12 peer-reviewed papers and 5 patents.

Slide contents

  • Academic Research & Industrial Innovation – Bridging Cultures to Unleash the Potential Alan Hynes, Competence Centre for Applied Nanotechnology (
  • - Collaboration
  • Competence Centre in Applied Nanotechnology (CCAN)
  • Some CCAN Projects & Members
  • - CCAN Projects
  • Key questions
  • Research & Innovation
  • Innovation for product performance
  • Innovation is more than product performance
  • Many faces......with many skills
  • So collaboration has benefits and helps build sustainable innovation – so what’s the problem?
  • Different languages
  • Cultural Differences - Business Environments
  • Cultural Differences – different systems
  • Different systems
  • Steps to take to improve collaboration
  • Listen to your own message
  • Summary
  • Innovation is not a straight line – collaborators can help
  • Create and manage the furnace of creativity
  • Perspectives can be different – be prepared.