Cian O'Donnell

Class of 2017-2018

University College Cork, 2017

Why I chose ESTEEM: I studied Biochemistry as my undergraduate degree but had a keen interest in entrepreneurship. I tried to exercise this interest throughout my degree. To this end I tried to match my formal education with gaining hands on business experience and was involved with a synthetic biology start-up. I knew ESTEEM would marry both of these two worlds together perfectly, allowing me to pursue entrepreneurship while keeping a focus on my technical background.

My capstone thesis project and why I’m excited about it: My thesis this year deals with 'Digital Biomarkers' which are the pieces of information we can gather about people by how they interact with their devices, and the information their devices generates about them. By providing a platform to collect and analyse this data my thesis this year aims to find a market for this platform, which may then be used to predict and monitor disease in this market.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM: After ESTEEM I plan on working at the junction of science and business and will hopefully be able to take the lessons I have learned at ESTEEM to translate good scientific research into real world change. Specifically, I am chiefly interested in human disease. I would also like to explore the avenue of social entrepreneurship.

What I like to do when I’m not working in Innovation Park: When not in the Greenhouse I enjoy going to the gym and weight lifting, or playing soccer or basketball (at a very amateur level) with my room mates.