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University College Dublin Shortlisted for US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards 2015

Monday, 20 April, 2015 

University College Dublin (UCD) has been shortlisted for the 2015 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards which arebeing jointly presented by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy.

The Awards were established to recognise excellence in research innovation in Ireland as a result of US foreign direct investment. The awards, in three categories, supported by both KPMG and Ulster Bank, aim to acclaim exemplary ideas, originating in Ireland, which have made a social and economic impact through research innovation in meeting market needs.

UCD is among a shortlist of 5 in the Irish higher education institution or research institute with collaborative links with the US corporate sector in Ireland category.

The university has been shortlisted for its application from Professor John Murphy and Professor Liam Murphy, UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics.

The application outlines the impact of UCD’s decade-long research relationship with IBM through the UCD Performance Engineering Laboratory including the establishment in 2010 of Logentries the successful UCD log management spin-out company.

In addition two, Kinesis Health Technologies and ResMed Sensor Technologies, of the five companies shortlisted in the Irish SME or start-up with US links category are strongly linked with UCD.

Founded in 2013, by Seamus Small, Dr Barry Greene and Bill Bollinger, Kinesis Health Technologies is an award-winning UCD medtech company which has developed Kinesis QTUG™, a patent protected mobility and falls risk assessment technology.

The company, a spin-out of UCD and the Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) Centre, was the overall winner of the 2013 UCD VentureLaunch Accelerator Programme Award.

ResMed Sensor Technologies was established following the acquisition of BiancaMed, a successful UCD spin–out company by ResMed Inc in 2011. ResMed Inc, a US-based medical devices company, is a global leader in developing, manufacturing and distributing medical equipment for treating, diagnosing, and managing sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory disorders.

BiancaMed was established in 2003 by Professor Conor Heneghan, Dr Philip de Chazal and Dr Conor Hanley to commercialise world-class research undertaken at the UCD School of Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering.

Both Kinesis Health Technologies and ResMed Sensor Technologies are headquartered at NexusUCD, the Industry Partnership Centre at University College Dublin.

Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact said, “UCD has a successful track record of partnering with the enterprise sector and providing business with access to the University’s world-class expertise, research outputs, and student talent. I am delighted that the success and impact of UCD’s decade-long research collaboration with IBM, through UCD’s Performance Engineering Laboratory, in terms of academic, education and innovation metrics, has been recognised through the shortlisting for a prestigious 2015 US-Ireland Research Innovation Award.”

She added, “Also the shortlisting of two strongly-linked UCD companies, Kinesis Health Technologies and ResMed Sensor Technologies, out of five companies shortlisted in the Irish SME or start-up with US links category, is an indication of the strength and quality of companies emerging from and supported by the University.”

The winners will be announced at the 2015 American Chamber of Commerce Ireland Annual Dinner to be held in Dublin on 15 May next.

For further information contact Micéal Whelan, University College Dublin, Communications Manager (Innovation), t: + 353 1 716 3712, e: