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SiriusXT CEO Wins Enterprise Ireland’s Inaugural Founder of the Year Award

Wednesday, 28 June, 2017 


Pictured (l-r) are Kevin Foley, Partner, Grant Thornton, Tony McEnroe, CEO, SiriusXT and Joe Healy, Divisional Manager, HPSU, Enterprise Ireland

Pictured (l-r) are Kevin Foley, Partner, Grant Thornton, Tony McEnroe, CEO, SiriusXT and Joe Healy, Divisional Manager, HPSU, Enterprise Ireland

Tony McEnroe, CEO of SiriusXT a UCD spin-out company, has won Enterprise Ireland’s inaugural High Potential Start-up (HPSU) Founder of the Year Award which is supported by Grant Thornton. As the overall winner the company received a prize valued at €15,000 provided by Grant Thornton to further support the development of the company.

SiriusXT was co-founded in 2015 by Dr Kenneth Fahy, Dr Fergal O’Reilly and Dr Paul Sheridan and Tony McEnroe. The company was established following 8 years of research in UCD’s School of Physics developing technology that underpins a novel soft x-ray tomography (SXT) bench-top microscope. This microscope, the SXT100, is now being commercialised by SiriusXT.

The SXT100 is the only high throughput, lab-based solution, for imaging subcellular structures. The microscope’s high resolution imaging modality is capable of quantitatively imaging the subcellular organisation of whole hydrated cells, up to 15μm thick at resolutions up to 40 nm, in their native state, with very little preparation and without the use of stains or other contrast enhancing agents.

SiriusXT was one of nine start-up companies selected for the Founder of the Year Award with each of the shortlisted companies being nominated by their founder peers. Liz Fulham, SalesOptimize and Eoin O’Broin, Solar AdTek, were also recognised and received runner-up awards.

The Founder of the Year Award forms an important element of the HPSU Founders Forum. The objective of the Forum, created by Enterprise Ireland in 2015, is to provide a platform for founders to help founders succeed internationally and scale faster.

Kevin Sherry, Executive Director, Global Business Development said, “Tony McEnroe, CEO of SiriusXT exemplifies a founder with a clear pathway to building international scale and with the potential to become a world leader in his field.”

On receiving the Award Tony McEnroe, CEO, SiriusXT said, “This Award is a testament to the world-class research which was carried out over many years by my three fellow co-founders, Dr Kenneth Fahy, Dr Fergal O’Reilly and Dr Paul Sheridan, as well as a dedicated team of researchers, within the Spectroscopy Group in UCD’s School of Physics. This research has resulted in the development of technology that underpins our novel soft x-ray tomography (SXT) bench-top microscope which is now being commercialised by SiriusXT.”

He added, “Our SXT-100 microscope, which we plan to launch onto the market in 2018, will be the first commercial lab-scale SXT microscope of its kind in the world. It will allow researchers to illuminate whole single cells or tissue samples and produce 3D images that cannot be produced in any other way.”

SiriusXT, a NovaUCD client company, which currently employs a staff of 14, has to date raised €5 million in funding. This includes a €3 million Horizon2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 Grant.