Nuritas founder Nora Khaldi adds another prize to trophy cabinet

19 May 2017

Dr Nora Khaldi, Nuritas founder and chief scientific officer. Image: Beta Bajgart

Dr Nora Khaldi has added the ‘Rising Star’ prize from the Tech Excellence Awards to her burgeoning trophy cabinet.

It’s never easy to predict which companies will achieve long-term success, given the variables both within and outside their control.

However, when award after award lands at the feet of one person or company, it’s usually a sign that something good is happening.

For Nuritas, a company combining life sciences and AI to mine DNA and protein data from plant material, this is true.

Or, more accurately, for Dr Nora Khaldi, founder and chief scientific officer of the Irish company.

Nuritas on the up

This week, Khaldi took home the ‘Rising Star’ prize at the Tech Excellence Awards, adding to an international prize she landed in January.

With this particular award focused on younger people working on potentially life-changing technology, Khaldi was rewarded for bringing groundbreaking technological development and research to the world’s stage with Nuritas.

“I am extremely honoured and delighted to have won this award,” she said.

“We are working very hard at Nuritas to create technology that will improve the health of billions of people all around the world. We truly appreciate this recognition and will continue on our quest to improve lives with game-changing technology.”

Billy Huggard, event director for the Tech Excellence Award, said: “Innovators like Nora are creating world-changing technology.

“We are very proud to recognise and celebrate such outstanding and groundbreaking work.”

Crazy year

Since Khaldi’s appearance at Inspirefest last year, Nuritas has garnered attention – both in Ireland and internationally – as one of the country’s fastest-growing start-ups.

In December, news broke that Nuritas had attracted significant investment from none other than U2’s Bono and the Edge, to expand the company.

This investment followed a total of €5m raised from a number of investors – including Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff – as well as EU Horizon 2020 funding to commercialise a peptide that could potentially offer a new weapon in the fight against type 2 diabetes.

In January, Khaldi was awarded the Woman of the Decade in Business and Leadership Award at a World Economic Forum-EU event.

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Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic