Mark Ferguson Published: October 12, 2014

Looking for the big bang

19th December, 2014
Mark Ferguson  Published: October 12, 2014

Professor Mark Ferguson unbuttons his cuffs and rolls up his shirt sleeves to reveal scars on his arms. The government’s chief scientific adviser and director-general of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) looks momentarily like a well-dressed junkie revealing track marks. But his battle wounds tell a very different tale – that of a billion dollar company that nearly was.

Ferguson has quite literally bled for science. Long before he had control of SFI’s €150...

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