ENBIO is the inventor, and trustee, of a remarkable technology called CoBlast, which offers industry the potential to redefine the performance, function and value of metals across all sectors. We are a young and vibrant company, operating as a trusted partner in some of industries most regulated and demanding markets, developing and delivering next-generation solutions to meet ever increasing material challenges.

ENBIO’s fundamental focus is the development and commercialisation of its patented surface enhancing technologies, offering two routes to engage with clients:

Turnkey production of CoBlast Skins to meet client needs

Licensing of ENBIO technology OR of collaboratively developed proprietary technology

ENBIO offers clients the ability to quickly evaluate the potency of the CoBlast technology via its rapid sample production process, or through structured collaborative evaluation studies.  Generally, the client identifies the chemistry of a required skin, whilst ENBIO focuses on and enables the practical delivery of such CoBlast chemistries.

Please contact us to discuss your specific challenges and requirements.



CoBlast has applications across many industrial sectors and the ENBIO team has the skills to engage with customers to develop custom coatings and processes from fundamental research stages right through to production. From a beginning in the medical device industry, ENBIO has expanded into the space sector through contracts with the European Space Agency (ESA). Building on these experiences, ENBIO’s vision for CoBlast is to develop it as a core surface enhancement process across multiple industry sectors, e.g. aerospace, industrial, oil and gas, energy, and environment.

ENBIO is based in Ireland and operates out of NovaUCD, an incubation facility for new ventures and entrepreneurs on the University College Dublin (UCD) campus in Dublin, Ireland. The Company has strong collaborations with the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, UCD. ENBIO has an experienced management and technical core team with additional advisors including leading professors, senior executives, and management experts. ENBIO’s dedication to its quality policy has resulted in the achievement of the ISO 9001 management system standard.



John O’Donoghue • Chief Executive Officer

John O’Donoghue graduated from University College Dublin, Ireland, with a Mechanical Engineering degree and went on to work in a series of medical device companies (National Medical Care, J&J, Guidant) over 20 years, where he was responsible for introducing a range of process and production upgrades. In 2001, John began to study metal surface modification while undertaking an MSc in Biomedical Engineering in Trinity College Dublin. Prompted by this research, John developed and patented the CoBlast process. In 2006, he left the security of corporate employment and started ENBIO, which now employs 15 people and supplies key enabling technology to the European Space Agency. Under his guidance, the company thrives and is now branching out into other sectors.

Barry Twomey • Technical Officer

Barry Twomey holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering and PhD in the area of siloxane coating deposition from University College Dublin. He subsequently completed two postdoctoral projects on novel processing technologies; plasma sintering of diamond abrasive composites and fibre reinforcement of inorganic polymers. This combination of expertise with coatings and novel processes is invaluable to ENBIO’s R&D efforts. He has co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles to date and instills this level of quality into all of ENBIO’s research.

Paolo Fiorini • Operations Officer

Paolo Fiorini graduated from University College Dublin in 2007 with a BE (hons.) degree in mechanical engineering, and is currently writing his PhD thesis. He has carried out research projects for companies including Guhring and Irish-based Sulzer Pump Solutions. During his PhD Paolo developed a high level of expertise in fields of thermal imaging and process development, and carried out consultancy work for research projects in UCD and for industry. Paolo is Operations Officer and head of Production Development, ensuring that ENBIO’s products meet the strict demands of the space and medical sectors.


Vincent Grady • Financial Controller

Vincent Grady (FCA, BBS) holds an honours Business Studies degree from the University of Limerick and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young. He has start-up experience with Dell Computers when they set up a manufacturing facility in Ireland and also assisted with the Dell start-up in Malaysia. He carried out a similar role with Johnson & Johnson when they set up their Vistakon plant in Limerick, and his most recent experience is as Financial Controller of Enva Ireland Limited, part of the environmental division of DCC plc. With his experience of start-up companies, ENBIO’s finances are in safe hands.


ENBIO’s technical team includes a core of dedicated research and production engineers supported by contracted advisors. The team has the skills and experience to develop technologies from basic research stages right through to production, with more than 150 years of combined experience in a wide range of areas including: lean manufacturing, process development, Six Sigma methodology, IP management, robotics, material and surface characterisation, material chemistry, surface modification, ceramics, metals, composite materials, adhesives, astrophysics, radiation, corrosion, biomaterials, and nanomaterials.

This range of skills has been assembled by recruiting team members with proven track records from academic research and industrial backgrounds. Altogether the technical team holds a dozen patents and has contributed to more than 130 peer-reviewed articles, including 13 relating specifically to CoBlast. The team holds seven PhD’s, and this commitment to research at the fundamental level enables ENBIO to constantly improve our understanding of CoBlast and transform this knowledge into new and improved coating technologies. As well as in-house research, ENBIO supports further projects through academic collaborations with University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, giving us access to the expertise and equipment that these institutions offer.

Beyond the fundamental research level, technical team members have previously held senior positions in companies such as Intel, Dow Corning, Boston Scientific, Stryker Orthopaedics, SIFCO Turbine Group, and General Electric. These roles have included responsibilities for product and process development, operations management, and IP protection. This experience has enabled ENBIO to meet the demanding production expectations of the medical device industry and of the European Space Agency, and means that we can effectively transfer technologies from these areas to other industry sectors including, aerospace, oil and gas, and automotive. Whether you want to adapt our current surface enhancing technologies to meet your specific needs, or use CoBlast as a platform to develop next generation coatings, the ENBIO team has the skills to make it happen.