UCD and NDRC create digital healthcare early stage start-up accelerator

8 Jan 2015

UCD and the NDRC have established FutureHealth, a new early stage start-up programme in Dublin focused on the digital-health sector, and are calling on clinicians, researchers and technologists to come on board.

The programme will have places for 10 teams over an eight-week period and will help new start-ups build and develop their commercial proposition.

The programme is sponsored by EY, Enterprise Ireland and ICON Clinical Research (ICON), all of whom recognise the potential for Irish companies to drive the global healthcare revolution over the next 10 years, potentially impacting billions of people with advanced health-tech solutions.  

“Healthcare is being revolutionised by cutting-edge technologies, like data analytics, biotechnology, 3D printing, robotics and sensors,” explained Dr Helen McBreen, venture leader at NDRC. 

A revolution in digital health

Dr Helen McBreen, venture leader of NDRC; Aidan Meagher, EY’s head of life sciences; and Leonora O’Brien, CEO of Pharmapod, at the FutureHealth briefing for health-tech start-ups in Dublin

“Today scientific and technology advances happening in Ireland have the potential to make huge impacts on health and wellness, diagnostics and therapeutics globally. This brings massive opportunities to create viable new businesses in Ireland.

“Based on NDRC’s track record in the health-tech space to date, with portfolio companies such as MuteButton, Pharmapod, Clearsight Innovations and Silvercloud Health, our aim is to find individuals with disruptive health ideas and to build teams who can bring digitally orientated health technologies to the marketplace,” McBreen said.

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 15 January, and full details can be found online.

Digital health image via Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years