Spin Out Case Studies

Revolutionising the Diagnosis of Sleep-Disordered Breathing.

Sleep-disordered breathing is surprisingly common and a major contributor to health problems such as high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Sound sleepers take their undisturbed rest for granted. For those who suffer from sleep-disordered breathing, there is no such thing as a good night’s sleep. Over 60 million people in Europe and the US alone are affected by this condition.

In 2003, the UCD spin-out company, BiancaMed, launched a pioneering product that radically changed how sleep disordered-breathing is diagnosed. At the heart of the company’s proprietary technology was a highly sensitive, radio frequency motion sensor that detected respiration and movement without being connected to the body.

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Keeping Things Cool in Space

In December 2012, Irish surface technology company Enbio got the breakthrough every start- up dreams of - it landed a substantial contract with the European Space Agency. This brought international peer recognition and positioned the company as a serious player in the space arena.

In simple terms, Enbio has developed a ‘sunscreen’ that protects satellites travelling through space. All going to plan, the company’s technology will be used on board the Solar Orbiter satellite mission to the Sun in 2017.

At the core of the company’s success is CoBlast a patented platform technology developed by company founder, John O’Donoghue. “Our technology offers unique surface solutions to challenges across multiple sectors including aerospace, energy, automotive and medical devices,” he says.

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