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Innovation 21

Helping companies grow through innovation, development of new products and services and by exporting into new markets.

About Us

Innovation21 was established in 2011 by Elaine Harris and Brendan Lawlor. Innovation 21 is a consulting and training company which specialises in helping companies to grow and develop through innovation, the development of new products and services and by exporting into new markets. We have considerable experience of working with companies, funding agencies, academic institutions and VC companies across a range of industrial sectors. We have a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist in transforming research , intellectual property and new ideas into real products and services. We have extensive expertise and experience in the Medical Device, Pharma-Bio Pharma, Food and Life Science Sectors and have an excellent network of contacts established across these sectors.

  • Services

    We provide a wide range of Consultancy Services
    Preparation of Research ProposalsResearch Project ManagementEvaluation of Research and Grant ProposalsMarket Sectoral Research studiesExport Market analysisBaltic, Russia and Ukraine Market Analysis (New)Spin out Company set up and developmentBusiness PlanningIP Management R and D Tax adviceCommercialisation Fund Feasibility Studies

  • Sectors

    We have expertise in many sectors including 
    Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Bio Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Medical Devices Construction Retail Food General Life Sciences 

  • Market Research and Innovation Grant assistance

    Follow the news and important reports with the help of our analytical team, the most qualified and experienced in the area.
    We provide assistance to Small and Medium Enterprises, Multinational Companies, Higher Education Institutes and Venture Capital Companies on all aspects of grant support for Innovation and Research projects.
    We conduct market research in the Medical Devices, Pharma, Bio Pharma and Food Sectors
    We provide Market Research and Export advice into Eastern European markets (The Baltic States, Russia and the Ukraine)

Why Choose Us

Experienced Directors

40+ years

consulting experience

Client Satisfaction


repeat business

Extensive Network


clients and associates

Our Clients

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Our Team

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    Brendan Lawlor


    Brendan Lawlor MBA is a business consultant, research project and programme manager and business advisor with 30 years’ experience of working with Multinational Companies, Small and Medium Enterprises, funding agencies, VC's, organizations and individuals. He has worked with clients across all of the major industry sectors in Ireland and overseas including Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals, Biopharma, Energy, Manufacturing, and the Public Sector. He was the programme manager for the start-up phase of both the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre and the Technology Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy, both funded by Enterprise Ireland and the IDA. He is currently working with a number of Biopharma and Pharma clients in Ireland. He has conducted a number of market sector research studies and stakeholder engagement projects in the Irish Life Science sector.

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    Dr Elaine Harris


    Dr Elaine Harris has over 25-years of experience in the Life Sciences industry across a range of technical, management, business and consultancy roles. Following a PhD in bio-inorganic chemistry, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry in new product development and technology evaluation. Since establishing her own consultancy company in 2002, Elaine has focused on the pharma, bio-pharma and medical device industries and has provided consultancy services to academics, companies and government agencies including the IDA and Enterprise Ireland particularly in the areas of R&D capacity and capability building. She is a member of the independent technical expert panel for Irish Revenue Commissioners. Elaine also lectures at TU Dublin in the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences with a particular research focus on the areas of Regulatory Science, Knowledge Management and PAT.

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    Eamonn McGowran

    Associate Consultant

    Eamonn McGowran is a graduate of D.C.U. with a B.Sc in Biotechnology and M.Sc in Plant Biotechnology . Eamonn is a highly knowledgeable regulatory and quality professional with over 20 years experience. He has worked within the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device, food and cosmetics arenas where he has developed a wide understanding of the global regulatory and quality needs to gain access to markets for both large and small organisations. Through interactions with university researchers Eamonn has developed a strong interest in the incorporation of regulatory science understanding at the early stages of innovation and is undertaking a part-time PhD in TU Dublin to further the means to promote and facilitate early adoption of Regulatory Science in the drug development life cycle.

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    Jim Ryan

    Associate Consultant

    Dr Jim Ryan B.Sc., Ph.D. is an experienced specialist in science policy and innovation management issues with particular emphasis on the life sciences. He has worked extensively in Ireland for a range of clients on issues related to Science Policy, Innovation and research Management, evaluation of RTD programmes and other S&T policy issues. These have included several of the organisations relevant to this project: IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Health Research Board and HSE. Internationally, he has also conducted projects in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Lithuania, Estonia and elsewhere. He was director of Ireland’s National Biotechnology Programme (1996-2001), where he had responsibility for developing national biotechnology strategy and for commercialising university research. He has also worked with the National Board for S&T (Ireland), Simon Fraser Univ. (Canada), & Life Science Supplies Ltd. (Irl). 


October 10, 2019

R&D Tax Credit Changes announced in Budget 2020

Thank you to the IRDG for the following Budget summary on changes which impact companies engaging in innovation activity.
The main business – related announcements in Budget 2020 are:....

Advanced Therapies 
October 07, 2019

Useful preparation hints for Brexit

Brexit is currently expected to happen on 31st October 2019. This will have lots of implications and difficulties for businesses, especially those doing trade with the UK.
The following points are useful information for preparing your business for Brexit:

Advanced Therapies 
October 04, 2019

amc 19th Technical Meeting: Manufacturing ATMPs at Scale

A number of our consultants will be attending next weeks AMC meeting in Dublin, looking at the issues involved in Manufacturing ATMP's at Scale
Full details of the meeting, including the Agenda and Speakers here :

Business Planning 
September 04, 2019

The Key Steps in Writing your Business Plan

The Irish economy is performing very well with strong growth in the past few years. There are many government supports in place to assist start up companies, in particular companies, which have the potential to grow quickly, and companies which plan to export....

August 20, 2019

271,000 businesses in Ireland at end of 2017

There were more than 271,000 businesses operating in Ireland in 2017, the highest number on record, according to figures released recently from the Central Statistics Office...

July 13, 2019

Eastern European Market Research

We have been doing some market research recently and have discovered a few interesting things .. every day is a school day as they say.. here are a few nuggets…

Contact Us

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