Success for UCC Spin-Out Company
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Success for UCC Spin-Out Company

A UCC spin-out company, Clinical Support Information Systems (CSIS), which can reduce the incidence of adverse reactions for patients on multiple medications has won the Enterprise Ireland (EI) Lifescience Commercialisation Award at the 2011 EI Big Ideas Technology Showcase. Clinical Support Information Systems is a company built around the STOPP-START technology developed at UCC by an inter-disciplinary group of clinicians, pharmacists and computer scientists. Gerry Moran, the CEO of CSIS, is working in partnership with the researchers, the UCC Technology Transfer Office and Enterprise Ireland to bring the STOPP-START technology to market.

The research team behind the technology which was developed with commercialisation funding from Enterprise Ireland are: Dr Denis O'Mahony, Dr Stephen Byrne, Sean Og Murphy, Cristin Ryan, Dr Ken Brown and Professor Cormac Sreenan.

STOPP/START is designed specifically with the older patient in mind and the particular medication problems encountered in this age group (older people consume about half of all prescription medicines in Ireland and Europe).

The Award was presented by The Minister for Research and Innovation, Mr Seán Sherlock on October 10th 2011 at the EI Showcase in the Convention Centre, Dublin. Announcing the winners of the Commercialisation Awards, Minister Sherlock said: “It is exciting, highly encouraging and very promising for the future to see such high end technologies emerging from publicly-funded research.”

Congratulating the winners on their award, UCC Vice-President for Research and Innovation, Professor Anita Maguire expressed delight at the win, and said: “this is an excellent win for the inventors, whose enthusiasm for the commercialisation of their research has been particularly impressive”.  UCC Technology Transfer Office, Case Manager, Dr Anthony Morrissey explained: “the multi-disciplinary nature of the research team is an example of the convergence of Lifesciences and ICT, and has produced a unique and innovative solution to a growing global problem in the primary and secondary healthcare sector”.

Clinical Support Information Systems is based in Limerick.

Picture L-R: Dr Ken Brown (Computer Science), Sean Og Murphy (Computer Science), Prof Cormac Sreenan (Computer Science), Dr Stephen Byrne (Pharmacy), Dr Denis O’Mahony (Medicine), Minister Seán Sherlock, Dr Anthony Morrissey, Technology Transfer Office, UCC.


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