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Prof. Richard O'Kennedy receiving the award from DCU President Prof. Brian MacCraith and Regina Moran, CEO of Fujitsu Ireland

BDI RESEARCH TEAM WINS FUJITSU INNOVATION AWARD FOR COMMERCIAL ENGAGEMENT

06.13



Congratulations to Professor Richard O'Kennedy, Dr. Stephen Hearty and Dr. Barry McDonnell on receiving the inaugural DCU President's Fujitsu Innovation Award. This award is significant in that it celebrates the translation of research from BDI laboratories directly to the hospital setting.

The project team collaborated with BDI industry partner, Biosurfit, on the engineering of an antibody to C-reactive protein (CRP) which was integrated with the Biosurfit spinitĀ® detection platform. The miniaturised technology was designed to facilitate in the early detection of cardiovascular disease.

CRP is a marker of key disease relevance. Research suggests that patients with elevated basal levels of CRP are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension.

This technology is now commercialised and CE-certified, and will shortly undergo evaluation at the Coombe Women's Hospital, Dublin.