Northern Ireland innovation is leading the world across a host of technologies – and now the hunt is on for the top visionary thinker for 2014.
The Northern Ireland Science Park is looking for the next 'innovation founder' – someone who has excelled in founding, leading or building a celebrated life sciences or technology-based business.
Members of the public are being asked to nominate this year's winner, who will follow in the footsteps of others who brought Northern Ireland products to the pinnacle of global technology.
Previous winners of the accolade, part of the Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP) Connect Invent Awards, include the late Professor John Anderson of HeartSine Technologies in 2010, Dr Hugh Cormican, founder and director of Andor Technology who clinched the title in 2011; 2012 winner Dr Tom Eakin of TG Eakin; and last year's winner Dr Peter FitzGerald, managing director of Randox Laboratories Ltd.
HeartSine Technologies' defibrillators have made it to the White House, while Andor Technology eventually opened 16 offices worldwide.
TG Eakin Cohesive Seals reached annual sales of more than £15m, while Randox Technologies' products are used in more than 145 countries.
Nominations for the 2014 Innovation Founder Of The Year Award, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, can be registered online at www.invent2014.co. The closing date for entries is May 28.