University College Dublin’s (UCD) Dean of Physiotherapy, Professor Brian Caulfield, has been presented with the NovaUCD 2017 Innovation Award. The Award was presented to Professor Caulfield, who is championing the development of a connected health ecosystem in Ireland, by UCD President, Professor Andrew J. Deeks.

The Award was presented during an event held at NovaUCD, in recognition of Professor Caulfield’s successful commercialisation of research, undertaken at UCD’s School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science.

Over the last 10 years the focus of Professor Caulfield’s research programme has been on exploiting technological advances to enhance human performance, in the fields of connected health and sport, through wearable and mobile sensing measurement and intervention applications.

These applications are now opening up new avenues for human performance evaluation and enhancement in areas from elite sport to rehabilitation medicine to gerontology.

His research in these areas has led to significant commercial opportunities in terms of exploitation of intellectual property (IP) by industry partners, including licensing and spin-out activity. His IP portfolio includes; 8 invention disclosures, 4 priority and 3 PCT patent applications and 6 licences.

He has also collaborated with a range of multi-national and start-up companies including; BioMedical Research Ltd, Fujitsu Laboratories, GE, Intel, Novartis and Shimmer Research. His collaboration with BioMedical Research resulted in the successful launch of an innovative medical device that facilitates effective self-directed, home-based management of stress urinary incontinence.

This non-invasive medical device, INNOVO, now being commercialised by Atlantic Therapeutics, a spin-out of BioMedical Research, has already had a significant impact on the lives of thousands of patients in Ireland, UK and in Europe.

As a Director of the TRIL Centre, a UCD research centre focused on technologies for independent living, he collaborated closely with Dr Barry Greene on the research that now underpins the technology platform of Kinesis Health Technologies. Kinesis Health Technologies, a UCD spin-out company, was established in 2013 by Dr Greene and Seamus Small.

Professor Andrew J. Deeks, UCD President said, “I am delighted to present the NovaUCD 2017 Innovation Award to Professor Brian Caulfield, a champion of the connected health research and innovation ecosystem at UCD and in Ireland. This Award recognises the quality and impact of his peer-reviewed research, his commitment and success in commercialising the resulting intellectual property, and his dedication to forging key strategic links with policymakers, clinicians, industry leaders, innovative start-ups and research groups to drive advances in the connected health field.”

He added, “This Award also recognises Brian as an innovation role model who combines excellence in teaching and research with a proven commitment to translating research outcomes into commercial applications to impact the lives of people.”

On receiving the NovaUCD 2017 Innovation Award, Professor Brian Caulfield said, “I am honoured to receive this prestigious University College Dublin Award and to follow in the footsteps of previous awardees.”

He added, “This Award reflects the importance of the role that the academic sector can play in developing and evaluating the next wave of technological advances that have the potential to transform our capacity to enhance human performance in health and sport.  It also demonstrates the strategic importance of interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration as none of my research and commercialisation activities would have been possible without such collaboration.”

He concluded, “The Award also recognises the huge commitment of my current and past research students who have worked closely with me over many years to develop a connected health research and innovation ecosystem at UCD, in Ireland and further afield.”

The NovaUCD Innovation Award was established in 2004 to highlight University College Dublin’s commitment to innovation. The Award is presented annually to an individual, company or organisation or group in recognition of excellence in innovation or of success achieved in the commercialisation of UCD research or other intellectual activity.

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