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DIT Hothouse company Kastus scoops overall prize at Irish Times Innovation Awards

Posted: 12 October, 2017

DIT Hothouse firm Kastus, which has developed a pioneering antimicrobial coating that kills 99.99% of harmful bacteria and superbugs, has won this year’s Irish Times overall innovation of the year award.

Hothouse - Kastus Irish Times Innovation Awards

Liam Kavanagh, Managing Director, The Irish Times presenting John Browne and Dr James Kennedy from Kastus with the overall innovation award

Kastus also won the life science and healthcare category, which was sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland. 

Superbugs are predicted to kill 10 million people worldwide every year by 2050. Addressing this problem, Kastus’ antimicrobial solution is a unique agent that kills or inhibits the growth of micro-organisms and bacteria such as E. coli and MRSA.

This novel and patented technology is the culmination of almost twelve years of research by a team of scientists at DIT CREST (Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology) led by Professor Suresh C. Pillai and including Dr Joanna Carroll and Dr Nigel S Leyland. Research was also carried out at IT Sligo’s Nanotechnology Research Group (PEM Centre). 

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 alumni companies scored two other awards on the night: DocuSoft won the Fintech Category and Ash Technologies won the Manufacturing Category. 

The Irish Times Innovation Awards showcase and reward excellence in innovation across a range of groundbreaking products and services.