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Brian Kelly, Science Entrepreneur
Brian is an Entrepreneur who setup his own business from ideas he encountered as a PHD student in UCD. After completing a general Science degree in UCD, he chose to pursue a PHD within the Chemistry dept, with aspirations for a career in the Pharma Chemical sector. His company, Celtic Catalysts, currently employs 17 staff and provides the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical industries with pioneering chemistry for asymmetric synthesis.
I did the following subjects for my Leaving Cert: Irish, English, Maths, French, Physics, Chemistry, Accounting and Applied Maths.
When choosing my subjects in 5th year in School I deliberately ensured that I did at least one business and one science subject because this gave me more flexibility in my choice of courses. I would recommend this strategy - particularly for those who aren't sure what they wish to study in college.
Inter Cert (Junior Cert)
BSc, - UCD
PhD (Chemistry) - UCD
The most relevant part of my education has been my PhD in Chemistry. Without it, I wouldn't have been in a position to spot the opportunity in the market in which my company now operates.
My job involves me constantly learning. This is both in terms of formal courses (mostly day-long seminars etc) as well as informally as I build up experience through the daily carrying out of my job.