SiriusXT a bright spot at Dublin final of InterTradeIreland competition
16 November 2015 | 0
UCD spin-out SiriusXT was named best early stage company, at the Dublin regional final of the 2015 InterTradeIreland All-Island Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition at a ceremony last week.
The company won a cash prize of €20,000 and will go forward to compete in the all-island final of the competition, which takes place on 25 November at Clontarf Castle, Dublin.
SiriusXT, founded by Dr Ken Fahy, Dr Fergal O’Reilly and Dr Paul Sheridan as a spin-out from the UCD School of Physics, has spent eight years developing the technology behind its soft x-ray microscope, SXT.
SXT is the first soft x-ray microscope of its kind in the world. The benchtop system allows researchers to produce images in their own labs by using a powerful laser to make a little fireball as hot as the centre of the sun and about a tenth of the width of a human hair in diameter. This fireball produces a kind of light that allows them to illuminate single cells or tissue samples and produce detailed 3D images of cells that cannot be produced any other way.
The images reveal in unprecedented detail the inner workings of life, drugs and disease on a cellular scale. The light sources that have been used to pioneer the technique are the size of a football stadium and cost over €250 million. Their light source will fit on a small table, and will let disease and drug researchers see changes in cells with a tool they can easily fit into their microscopy labs.
Tony McEnroe, CEO, SiriusXT, said: “The most rewarding part of the Seedcorn process so far has been hearing investors acknowledge that they ‘get’ the value proposition when this is presented. We have learned that it is not just the best technology that makes the best business proposition, but the best complete solution for the target customer’s problem.”
“This is a package of solid technology, a commercial team with application knowledge, a large, well-defined addressable market and high barriers to entry for competitors that make for a story attractive to investors.”
Another winner on the night was KillBiller was named best new start company for its analytical product for mobile operators and a mobile app for consumers.
SiriusXT and KillBiller will now go head-to-head with the winners of the Northern Ireland, Connaught and Leinster, and Munster finals for the titles of overall best early stage and best new start company respectively.
Seedcorn is the island’s biggest business competition for new start and early stage companies in any sector, from any part of the island. The competition, aimed at companies who have a new equity funding requirement, has an overall cash prize fund of €280,000, with no equity stake.