FutureHealth start-up programme seeks entries

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Pictured: Dr Helen McBreen, NDRC; Aidan Meagher, EY; and Leonora O'Brien, Pharmapod

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9 January 2015 | 0

NDRC and UCD are on the lookout for 10 start-ups for its FutureHealth accelerator sponsored by EY, Enterprise Ireland and Icon Clinical Research.

Dr Helen McBreen, venture leader at NDRC, explained: “Healthcare is being revolutionised by cutting edge technologies like data analytics, biotechnology, 3D printing, robotics and sensors. Today, scientific and technology advances happening in Ireland have the potential to make huge impacts on health and wellness, diagnostics and therapeutics globally. This brings massive opportunities to create viable new businesses in Ireland.

“Based on NDRC’s track record in the healthtech space to date, with portfolio companies such as MuteButton, PharmaPod, Clearsight Innovations and Silvercloud Health, our aim is to find individuals with disruptive health ideas and to build teams who can bring digitally orientated health technologies to the marketplace.”

Aidan Meagher, EY’s head of Life Sciences, said: “The business of healthcare is changing dramatically and digital health has been recognised globally as one of the key focus areas for future growth and development. This was evident in 2014 with more than $4 billion in VC funds pouring into the space – the first half of the year exceeding the entire 2013 total in terms of venture capital investment. Irish entrepreneurial companies in the Life Sciences sector should be in a position to capitalise on this. As partners on this initiative, we are excited to lend our local and global expertise and reach to the teams that will partake in this programme.”

As well as seeking individuals with ideas for health tech start-ups, NDRC is looking for clinicians, researchers, technologists, business developers and creatives to join one of 10 FutureHealth temporary teams on a part-time basis, contributing their skills to get a new company off the ground.

FutureHealth is a part-time programme, with a core commitment of nine days over eight weeks beginning 6 February at NDRC in Dublin 8. Closing date for application os 15 January. Full details can be found at http://www.ndrc.ie/futurehealth.

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