DIT Hothouse Company Kastus Scoops Overall Prize at Irish Times Innovation Award

  • Liam Kavanagh, Managing Director, Irish Times; John Browne and Dr. James Kennedy from Kastus

Last night DIT Hothouse companies won not one, not two, not even three...but four awards at the Irish Times Innovation Awards.

DIT Hothouse firm Kastus, which has developed a pioneering antimicrobial coating which kills 99.99 per cent of harmful bacteria and superbugs such as E.Coli and MRSA, has won this year’s Irish Times overall innovation of the year award.

Superbugs are predicted to kill 10 million people worldwide every year by 2050. In a leading report by the UK’s Chief Medical Officer Sally Davies, it was warned that the danger of antibiotic and anti-microbial resistance “should be ranked alongside climate change on a list of threats to the nation”.

Addressing this problem, Kastus’ effective and practical antimicrobial solution is a unique agent that kills micro-organisms or inhibits their growth.

This novel and patented technology is the culmination of almost 12 years of research by a team of scientists, led by Prof. Suresh C. Pillai initially at CREST (Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology) in DIT and then at IT Sligo’s Nanotechnology Research Group (PEM Centre). The research started at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)’s CREST and major researchers included Dr Joanna Carroll and Dr Nigel S. Leyland.

The innovation has potential applications in areas such as consumer electronics (touch screens, keyboards and smartphones), the food industry, the healthcare sector and the automotive, air and marine industries.

DIT Hothouse would like to congratulate Kastus on their excellent achievement last night. This award highlights the high standard of research deriving from CREST and the Dublin Institute of Technology.  

Other Awards won last night included:

Kastus also won the award for the Life Science & Healthcare category

Docusoft won the Fintech Category

Ash Technologies won the Manufacturing Category

Notes to Editors

Docusoft has developed a new claims-management system that is delivering significant efficiencies and innovation to the world’s largest insurance firms, reducing downtime, enhancing data-capture quality and compliance procedures.

Ash Technologies has developed the Omni, an advanced digital microscope that has a powerful image-processing and control engine that delivers superb full HD live video image quality at 60 frames per second. Among its many benefits is the ability to share the image among multiple users.