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Life sciences company Gabriel Scientific has won the overall ‘Innovation of the Year’ Award at the Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards

The Dublin-based firm has pioneered a unique technology for mattresses and pillows to fight against hospital-acquired infections and superbugs such as MRSA.

The company has developed a bacteriological filter technology for pillows and cushioning devices. Its products come under the SleepAngel name.

Gabriel Scientific will now receive a UCD Smurfit School scholarship for an executive education programme in 2012, a communications and advertising package from The Irish Times worth €150,000, plus business and legal advice from Byrne Wallace.

The company itself was founded by partners who have a depth of industry experience in the healthcare and medical supplies industry.
One of the founders, Billy Navan, was formerly the owner of a medical supplies and hospital uniform businesses for 30 years. He holds patents and patents-pending relating to the healthcare and bedding sectors. Meanwhile, Dr Duncan Bain is an expert in the science of bedding. He formerly led a research unit within the Institute of Orthopaedics at University College London.

They decided to pool their resources to set up Gabriel Scientific to tackle the problems of infection and cross-contamination in hospitals due contaminated bedding.

CEO Dr David Woolfson said last night that the company's vision is to become a "vital and trusted product globally". "This award is a great start to our exciting journey," he said.

Overall, 155 companies from various industries entered the 2012 Awards.

Source: Silicon Republic


Written by Scott Buckler
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:03

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