Richard O’Kennedy is professor of biological sciences at Dublin City University (DCU). He is president of the London International Youth Science Forum and chairman of the Centre for Talented Youth. He represents Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) on the Biosciences committee of the European Academies Science Advisory Council and is a member of the Industrial Research and Commercialisation Committee of Enterprise Ireland. Prof. O’Kennedy directs the Applied Biochemistry Research Group, internationally recognised for its expertise in antibody generation and immuno/biosensor assay development. He has a Google Scholar H-Index of 49, with ca. 9500 citations, 7 patents and multiple licenses, and many of his reagents and innovations have been licensed and commercialised. He has received many awards for research (Biochemistry Medal of the RIA, President’s Award for Research, 3 Fujitsu Awards for Innovation, Ireland’s Bioscience Lab of the Year, 2014) and teaching (President’s award, DCU, Outstanding Masters Programme Award, Graduate Ireland, 2011).