A key innovation for women’s health, NUA Surgical’s technology tackles unmet needs of the C-section.

Galway-based medical start-up NUA Surgical has been named overall winner of the InterTradeIreland Seedcorn awards – winning €100,000 for the business.

Seedcorn is the island’s biggest business competition for innovative new start and early stage businesses in any sector. Since its inception in 2003, more than 3,100 companies have been through the programme and finalists have raised in excess of €256m in equity funding.

“After a difficult year, it’s extremely encouraging to see the wealth of enthusiasm, innovative thinking and ambition that these businesses – both North and South – bring to the table”

Based out of NUI Galway, NUA Surgical is dedicated to innovating in women’s health. They developed SteriCISION, a novel C-Section retractor that tackles the major unmet needs of the Caesarean Section (C-section). It will largely impact clinicians, hospitals and patients to ensure a safer surgery.

This is NUA Surgical’s second year of entering the Seedcorn competition, having reached the regional finals in 2019.

“Seedcorn has been a tremendous journey for us, having only reached the regional final in 2019 and now being crowned the overall winner one year later is amazing. Our success in Seedcorn is great validation of our investment opportunity it demonstrates that we are now investor ready. This win is another steppingstone in bringing the device to market, where we can really make a difference in women’s health.”

Boosting businesses North and South

The prestigious event also saw GenoME Diagnostics from Northern Ireland taking home €50,000 and the title of Best New Start.

Established in 2020, GenoME Diagnostics are currently developing a novel blood test to detect an earlier diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Their technology can be applied to biomarker discovery and development in a wide range of diseases and applications.

In addition, Belfast based software company Sonrai Analytics won a Special Award of €10,000, for the Best Company stemming from a university spin-out or support programme. The company has developed a data-integration platform revolutionises precision medicine for Biotech and Pharma to accelerate discovery in diseases impacting lives today.

Its aim is to support innovative new starts as well as early stage businesses from any sector or part of the island to become investor-ready. Participants also have the chance to benefit from business planning workshops and mentorship support throughout the competition.

“Seedcorn aims to nurture and promote the growth of new enterprises across the island of Ireland,” said Ken Nelson, MBE, InterTradeIreland chair.

“After a difficult year, it’s extremely encouraging to see the wealth of enthusiasm, innovative thinking and ambition that these businesses – both North and South – bring to the table.

“On behalf of InterTradeIreland, I would like to congratulate NUA Surgical and GenoME Diagnostics on their overall win and Sonrai Analytics as the special award winner. We wish them success and prosperity in all of their future endeavours, I have no doubt that they are destined for greatness and look forward to following their journey.”

Main image at top (from left): Padraig Maher, CTO; Barry McCann, CEO; and Marie-Therese Maher, COO, NUA Surgical

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 2 December, 2020

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