UCD health start-up Kinesis Health Technologies wins US tech prize

By Anne Sexton - Last update

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Kinesis Health Technologies, a health start-up from University College Dublin (UCD) has won a US tech pitching competition. The team took home a $4,500 (€3,900) prize.

Kinesis Health Technologies develops wearable sensor technologies for older people to prevent falls.

Overall winner

In addition to the cash prize, Kinesis Health Technologies was also the overall winner of the Tech Day pitching competition. This took place at the 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress in San Francisco.

The IAGG World Congress takes place every four years. Over 6,000 experts on ageing attended the San Francisco event.

Kinesis pitched at the Tech Day event ‘Technology and Ageing – Innovation for Independence and Innovation’. They were up against a number of start-ups from around the world.

Seamus Small, CEO and co-founder of Kinesis, said that the company was “delighted” to have won the competition.

“After winning the Tech Day Award, this prize provides great recognition for the Kinesis team and provides further external validation of the value and impact of our products to the global ageing care market,” he said.

Kinesis set to be a global success

The Kinesis QTUG is a Class I medical device. Healthcare professionals use these to identify patients at risk of falls and to prescribe an intervention. In addition, the device can help quantify a patient’s response to therapy and rehabilitation. It can also assess patients for neurological disorders.

Kinesis has customers for its products in Ireland, UK, US, Canada and Australia. The company also has partners in place in India, Japan, Germany and the Netherlands.

In November 2016, Kinesis closed its first investment round and secured €590,000 from private investors and Enterprise Ireland.


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