EU Prize for UCC Innovation
A UCC team has won the ‘Excellent Science’ category of the EU Innovation Radar Prize 2017. Dr Mark Tangney’s group pitched their innovation to a judging panel of international entrepreneurship experts in Budapest at the final on November 9.
The prestigious prize was awarded for the team’s ‘Pinpoint’ technology, a diagnostic platform built using a blend of biological engineering and electronic engineering. The novel technology is a simple and cheap platform for visualising molecules involved in medical conditions, aimed at accelerating the development of medicines, and for use in novel diagnostics.
“This is a great example of developing products for improving health, through multidisciplinary R&D and entrepreneurial approaches”, said Dr Mark Tangney, Director of UCC’s SynBioCentre, PI in cancer research at the College of Medicine & Health and faculty member of the APC Microbiome Institute.
The Innovation Radar is an EC initiative to identify high-potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation ICT projects. 48 of the best EU-funded innovators were identified through this initiative to compete with their EU-funded innovation in five categories for the Innovation Radar Prize 2017. These SMEs, university teams, spinoffs and start-ups reflect the diversity of EU-funded research and innovation and come from every corner of Europe.
The first stage of the competition took place over 4 weeks when the public could vote on the Futurium website for the innovators and innovations on the longlist that impressed them the most. Over 62 500 votes were cast by the public and selected the 20 finalists. The finale took place in Budapest, where a panel of 4 judges decided the winners on the basis of a 3 minute pitch delivered during a special pitching session at ICT Proposers Day.