NexusUCD Company Success Stories

NexusUCD,the Industry Partnership Centre: Success StoriesĀ 

Kinesis Health Technologies

Kinesis, co-founded by Seamus Small and Dr Barry Greene is a digital health spin-out from the Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) Centre, a large ageing research programme, at UCD, TCD and St James’s hospital.

Kinesis Health Technologies products help prevent falls in older adults by using wearable sensor technologies, enabling older adults to remain independent and reducing healthcare costs. Falls in older adults are a serious global problem, costing $50Bn each year in the US alone. The WHO estimates that 30% of adults, over 65 years of age, fall at least once each year. Ageing is one of the great global challenges, and innovation is essential in bringing measurable impact to this challenge. Kinesis’ technology brings real measurability to one of the most critical factors in ageing, the risk of falls. Kinesis QTUG™, a Class I medical device, based on 10 years of research, is used by healthcare professionals to identify those patients at risk of falls and to prescribe an intervention, to quantify a patient’s response to therapy and rehabilitation, and to assess patients with neurological disorders.

Kinesis, founded in 2013 is now a team of seven and is currently based in NexusUCD, our Industry Partnership Centre. The company is a great example of how UCD’s commercialisation agenda brings relevant discoveries and intellectual property from the university to highly competitive markets.

 “Kinesis has received great support from NovaUCD over the years. The initial support in securing commercialisation funding then going through and winning the UCD Venture Launch programme in 2013 through to building out our team at NexusUCD we appreciate the continued professional support and advice provided.”
- Seamus Small, Kinesis


TestReach are providers of a computer-based assessment solution that transforms how organisations create and deliver tests and exams.  Sheena Bailey and Louella Morton established TestReach in response to the massive increase in demand for qualifications globally, a demand that cannot be met by running exams in a traditional manner.  While there have been huge advancements in the options to scale learning, such as e-learning and virtual classrooms, very little has changed with how exams are run. Candidates still have to go to exam halls and sit exams via paper with essays and multiple choice questions.  TestReach has set out to change that. 

While online assessment is not new, what is unique about TestReach is that it is a single application to create exams and run them using various delivery methods, including remote invigilation over the web.  This gives flexibility to both candidates and the organisations running exams – who no longer have to source test centres and in-person invigilators.  There has been a clear demand for innovative technology for running examinations, as evidenced in the speed at which the company is growing.  TestReach has won ‘Digital Disruptor Award 2018’ and Sheena and Louella have jointly won Women Mean Business’ ‘Woman in Technology Award 2018’.  The success and rapid growth of the company has led to TestReach expanding the number of employees at the Dublin office this year. 

“Locating TestReach at the NexusUCD building was a great decision because it combines professional office space with excellent services. It has been hugely beneficial to network with other founders and has allowed us to build close relations with various areas of the University. We also receive great support from the staff on site at NexusUCD and the Nova communications team, which has been really helpful as we grow the company.”
- Sheena Bailey, Co-Founder, TestReach