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The Ignite Technology Transfer Office would like to congratulate Pocket Anatomy, on their nomination for an award by the American Heart Association. The awards will take place at the Alexandria Centre, overlooking Manhattan’s East River on April 22nd 2015.      

Pocket Anatomy is the ‘Google Earth of the Human Body’. The flagship app depicts the human anatomy in incredible detail. With nine layers of musculoskeletal, neurovascular, and internal organ visual content, and over 100,000 words of learning material, it is used as a teaching aid by over 250,000 students and educators, from middle school to med school. As well as this it is used by doctors to improve patient care. It has been proven that patients will forget much of what they are told by doctors or misunderstand their condition or treatment. Pocket Anatomy allows the doctor to explain with the aid of a detailed and interactive map of the body, improving patient understanding and quality of care. Pocket Anatomy have also developed specialized apps, focusing in great detail on the anatomy of the heart and the brain, as well as a version tailored specifically to cater towards educating middle-school and high-school students in the human anatomy.

Thursday, 26 March, 2015: NUI Galway spin-out Orbsen Therapeutics has been recognized by the annual Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards (KTI). Orbsen Therapeutics, a biotech company, was nominated for the Spin-out Company Impact Award. The KTI Awards acknowledge cases where knowledge transfer activities had a particularly significant impact on wider society and the economy.

The announcement was made yesterday at a ceremony in the Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD presented the awards, giving credit not only to the companies, but also to the research performing organizations that supported the success.

Orbsen Therapeutics nominated for Spin-out Company Impact Award

Dr Stephen Elliman of Orbsen Therapeutics, Professor Frank Barry of NUI Galway, Alison Campbell of KTI and Minister Damien English.

Orbsen Therapeutics is Ireland’s leading cell therapy bio-technology company, based on the NUI Galway campus. It was founded by Professor Frank Barry and Professor Tim O’Brien of the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) at the University. Orbsen has rapidly developed and patented a method for purifying a novel stromal cell from several adult human tissues. Stromal cells are rare cells (less than 0.01%) found in many tissues where they regulate and limit the immune system from launching attacks that can damage tissues during disease. Orbsen discovered and patented a method for specifically purifying these rare, therapeutic stromal cells and developing them for clinical use.

Multi-disciplinary group to develop a pediatric application of Narvitas’ LapDome Laparoscopic Access Device

Galway, Ireland, March 24, 2015 – Narvitas Medical Devices Limited, a NUI Galway Business Innovation Center based medical device company today announced that it has become a member - and agreed to a development collaboration for a pediatric application of its LapDome Laparoscopic Access Device platform - with the Pediatric Device Center based in Minneapolis, MN. The Pediatric Device Center serves the medical community as a focal point for the development of advanced pediatric specialty medical devices.

The Pediatric Device Center coordinates device development by connecting device companies, engineering and development partners, and pediatric specialty physicians and care professionals. Glenn Foley, Narvitas Medical Device Ltd.'s Chief Executive Officer stated, "in developing the LapDome Laparoscopic Access Device platform into the next standard of care, a pediatric specialty design was always on our minds. The partnership with the Pediatric Device Center provides Narvitas with access to the expertise."

The Pediatric Device Center’s members include 18 medical device and contract companies, and over 60 volunteers within engineering, research, clinical, and marketing.

About Narvitas Medical Devices Limited

Narvitas Medical Devices Limited is an early stage medical device developer, manufacturer, marketer, and seller. The first device platform from Narvitas is the LapDome Laparoscopic Access Device. LapDome is designed to facilitate a more rapid, safer, and economical initial access to the body to perform laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery.

About LapDome® Laparoscopic Access Device

LapDome addresses a critical need in the laparoscopic surgery market (one of the largest medical procedure markets) and was developed to advance the standard of care for laparoscopic access. The LapDome device is a proprietary laparoscopic surgery access device. The device is a domed shaped technology that utilizes negative pressure to raise the anterior abdominal wall for rapid and safe access of the abdomen by surgical instruments.

Download the press release here.

Social Media Under Investigation

A new book, which takes an in-depth look at the emerging field of policing social media has been published by the Managing Director of Digital Training Institute, based in NUI Galway’s Business Innovation Centre. Authored by Joanne Sweeney-Burke, Social Media Under Investigation, Law Enforcement and the Social Web takes and in-depth view of An Garda Síochána’s adoption of social media and benchmarks this against international best-practice.

Joanne’s knowledge on this emerging niche area has earned her an invitation to speak at the SMILE conference (social media, the Internet and law enforcement) in Phoenix, Arizona in April. The entrepreneur has also launched an online training school for police forces called LEO (law enforcement observer) which will offer officers worldwide the chance to learn from the best.

According to Joanne: “The book has taken me 18 months to research and write and I actually really enjoyed the process. The motivation to combine policing and social media came from my background as a broadcast journalist and my skills as a social media and digital marketing practitioner. I am so excited to be able to bring my knowledge to the United States in April and get first-hand knowledge of the experience there. In fact it may even provide research for a second edition of the book.”

Joanne has found the support received by NUI Galway and the University’s Ignite Technology Transfer Office invaluable in progressing her ambitions. Media Box was her first business, Digital Training Institute her second. Last year she began work on a dedicated eLearning course for young people called Young Minds Online, which was co-authored by her daughter Sophie, now a first year accountancy and commerce student at NUI Galway.

A medical devices manufacturer plans to create 250 jobs in Co Galway over the next five years.

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