University College Cork, Ireland
Head of Photonics Packaging Research Group at the Tyndall National Institute, Director of the European Photonics Packaging Pilot Line (PIXAPP) and the National Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Line, Deputy Director of the Science Foundation Ireland - Irish Photonics Integration Centre (IPIC). Dr. O’Brien has a unique mix of academic and industrial experience. He founded and successfully sold a company developing biophotonic imaging systems, and since joining the Tyndall Institute in 2008, has established a state-of-the-art photonic packaging capability, built a highly-skilled research team, formed numerous internationally academic and industrial collaborations and secured very significant research funding. Dr O’Brien’s unique skill is the leadership and vision to translate fundamental research to successful commercialisation, achieved through strategic collaborations between academia and industry.