The Irish Medtech Association announced that the ADAPT Centre spinout Vertigenius was the 2021 winner of the eHealth Innovation of the Year award. The Medtech Rising awards are hosted jointly with Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland and aim to recognise the achievements and reward performance in excellent Irish based medtech companies.
VertiGenius is a mobile health and wearable-sensor based exercise application for the rehabilitation of dizziness, vertigo and balance problems. Headed up by Dr Dara Meldrum, an experienced researcher and clinician with a demonstrated history of working in both the higher education industry and in clinical environments, her focus is on research commercialisation in the area of digital and tele-health with a view to improving clinical care for those with dizziness and balance disorders.
As many as four out of five medtech companies in Ireland are start-ups or SMEs and they play a vital role in developing disruptive technologies. Over the past 26 years the medtech sector has gone from a burgeoning industry to a global powerhouse. There are over 450 medtech companies operating in Ireland which employ 40,000 people. This has led to Ireland becoming one of Europe’s greatest medtech exporters, a strategic location of choice for top FDI investment and the largest employers of medtech professionals, per capita, in Europe.
Also shortlisted in the eHealth Innovation of the Year award category was the ASSERT Centre at University College Cork.