Professor Louise Kenny wins Enterprise Ireland Life Sciences & Food Commercialisation Award

Project Coordinator Prof. Kenny has won the Enterprise Ireland Life Sciences & Food Commercialisation Award for developing and commercialising the first predictive diagnosis for pre-eclampsia in early pregnancy.

Professor Kenny received the award at the Enterprise Ireland Big Ideas Technology Showcase which took place in Dublin on 25 September 2013.

Presenting Professor Kenny with her award, Seán Sherlock T.D Minister for Research & Innovation said; “Professor Kenny has accomplished a huge amount in her career to date so it is very fitting that this award from EnterpriseIreland recognises her contribution to society and the economy. Through the commercialisation of this technology Louise and her team will help women and their babies, deliver cost savings to hospitals and create employment”.

Gearóid Mooney, Manager of Research & Innovation at Enterprise Ireland congratulated Professor Kenny on her achievement and explained why she was selected for the award.

“Over the course of her career Professor Kenny could see the problems caused by being unable to predict which women would develop pre-eclampsia in pregnancy. So she decided to do something about it and using public funding provided by Science Foundation Ireland and the Health Research Board, she and her research team developed the world’s first predictive diagnostic blood test for pre-eclampsia”.