Liopa completes spin-out from Queen’s University Belfast

Liopa have completed the ‘spin-out’ process from Queen’s University, Belfast.  The founding team have been joined by Belfast-based hi-tech start-up veterans Liam McQuillan and Richard McConnell and by Richard Davidson, ex-Principal Software Architect at Intel/AePONA. Queen’s University retain a shareholding in the company through their Research Commercialisation vehicle, QUBIS.

Liopa CEO, Liam McQuillan, commented “We have a exceptionally strong founding team within Liopa with a proven track record in creating and developing hi-tech software product start-ups, and in achieving high shareholder ROI on exit. We have world leading expertise in the fields of image processing, facial, phoneme and viseme analytics and an in-depth knowledge in the design of highly resilient and scalable software solution.  All this, coupled with strong commercial skills makes me very confident

Liopa selected as Finalist in IPASCO ICT Security Awards


Liopa were recently selected as a Finalist in the prestigious IPASCO ICT Security awards.  Liopa’s unique Lip-based Biometric Authentication solution impressed the judges in this highly competitive category.

Liopa CEO, Liam McQuillan, commented “It’s great to get such a strong validation of our unique solution from the IPASCO panel of experts – both from a technical and market perspective.  We plan to commercially launch our solution by mid-2016 and this type of recognition will undoubtedly help in our roll-out”

ABOUT IPASCO AWARDS :- IPACSO (Innovation Framework for Privacy and Cyber Security Market Opportunities) is a private consortium aimed at supporting Privacy and Cyber Security innovations in Europe. Its aim is to support ICT Security innovators with State of the Art methodologies and best practices in their innovation process, that will help them to find their road to market faster, more effective and more efficient. IPACSO is supported by the European Commission, and aims to improve the competitiveness of the European Cyber Security & Privacy market. Each year in October, Europe’s most innovative and forward-thinking researchers and entrepreneurs gather in Brussels, recognising those who are bolstering Europe’s cyber security landscape. With the awards, the IPACSO consortium, supported by the European Commission under FP7, support Privacy and Cyber Security Innovations ‘Made in Europe’.

Liopa secures category win at 25K Awards

Liopa has been named the winner of the Software and Digital Media category, sponsored by Intel, at the 25k Awards. The team was one of two spin out ventures competing in this category being incubated by the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) based at Queen’s University Belfast’s ECIT Institute.

The prestigious annual 25k awards, which are sponsored by Bank of Ireland, are made under the NISP CONNECT entrepreneurship programme, based at the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The awards are designed to showcase the most innovative research and intellectual property from the publicly funded institutions in Northern Ireland.

David Crozier pictured with category sponsor Michael Black of Intel after winning the Digital Media & Software Award at the NISP CONNECT 25k Awards 2013, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, on Thursday 26th September 2013.

David Crozier pictured with category sponsor Michael Black of Intel after winning the Digital Media & Software Award at the NISP CONNECT 25k Awards, sponsored by Bank of Ireland.

Liopa won the Software and Digital Media category for the development of our biometric technology that authenticates people using lip movement, replacing passwords. This technology will enable more robust authentication and verification solutions designed for preventing fraud and theft in mobile commerce.

To date, we have taken the technology out of the lab environment with end-to-end user enrolment and verification now running on mobile device’s over the mobile data network. This work has been funded and supported by the UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB) through their “Preventing fraud in mCommerce” Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) call.

Commenting on the success David Crozier Liopa co-founder said:

“We are delighted that our technology and potential has been recognised by the judging panel of the 25k Awards. The support we have received throughout this process has enabled us to bring Liopa to a point where we are actively engaging with potential new customers globally. I would also pay credit to my fellow team members – Dr Darryl Stewart, Dr Michael Loughlin and Dr Fabian Campbell West – without their research and engineering Liopa would never have become a reality”

Congratulating both teams Prof John McCanny, ECIT Director and CSIT Principal Investigator commented:

“As an Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC), CSIT’s remit is to accelerate the commercialisation of world class science and emerging technologies into new products, processes or services. Liopa is an exemplars of the cross-functional approach we take to driving innovation featuring team members from across our research, engineering and business development disciplines. Well done to Liopa for winning the category.”