BovAlert wins Animal Health Award at the National Ploughing Innovation Arena 2014

Bovlert wins at the Ploughing 2014

BovAlert, a technology developed at the Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT Dublin) and available to license from DIT Hothouse, has won the Animal Health Award (Start-up Category) at the Enterprise Ireland Toplink.ie Innovation Arena at the National Ploughing Championships 2014.

The technology was developed in the ITT Dublin MiCRA Bio-diagnostics research centre by Prof. Eithne Dempsey (principal investigator), Dr. Brian Seddon, Dr. Baljit Singh, Dr. James Hayes and Dr Simon Egan in collaboration with UCD researchers, Dr. Carmen Negredo, Dr. Mary Sekiya and Prof. Grace Mulcahy.

BovAlert was represented at the Innovation Arena by DIT Hothouse Licensing Executive, Kieran O’Connell, ITT Dublin Industry Liaison Manager, Jack McDonnell and MiCRA Researchers, Dr. Brian Seddon, Dr. Baljit Singh and Dr. Simon Egan.

MiCRA Team with BovAlert Award

The MiCRA research team demonstrating BovAlert at the National Ploughing Championships.

BovAlert Award at Ploughing

2014 Innovation Arena Animal Health Award (Start-up Category).
Tom Hayes with MCRA Team BovAlert
Minister Tom Hayes, T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture , Food & Forestry (right) presenting the Animal Health Award (Start-up Category) to Jack McDonnell (centre right) and Kieran O’Connell (centre left). Also pictured is Denis Duggan, Enterprise Ireland Regional Executive (left).

Minister Richard Bruton, T.D. announced the Innovation Arena winners while Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry, Tom Hayes, T.D. presented the BovAlert award. In recognising the winners for excellence in agri-innovation, Minister Bruton commented: “The quality of the agri-businesses on show at the National Ploughing Championships today, and in particular the quality of the innovative Irish companies involved in these awards, provide great confidence for the future of agri-food in Ireland. I congratulate all involved, and look forward to working with them as they grow from strength to strength in the future”

Jack McDonnell, for ITT Dublin, commented: “We are extremely proud of the MiCRA research team and congratulate them on winning this award. The award is a tribute to the team’s capacity to innovate and a pointer to the quality and commercial potential of their research outputs. We would also like to thank Enterprise Ireland and the EU for their research funding support and our partners in DIT Hothouse for their assistance in commercialising this ground breaking technology”.

Kieran O’Connell, DIT Hothouse Food & Life Sciences Licensing Executive also commented: “With the assistance of Enterprise Ireland and EU funding, the team of researchers in MiCRA and UCD have spent four years developing BovAlert. In partnership with ITT Dublin, DIT Hothouse aims to commercialise this technology in a way that contributes to the economic development of the Agri-food sector in Ireland and beyond. This technology presents an enormous opportunity to identify liver fluke disease on-farm in ruminants and equines, a disease that causes annual losses in the region of €2.5 billion worldwide.”

About BovAlert
BovAlert is an electrochemical diagnostic device which tests the milk of animal herds for liver fluke, providing quick and easy information regarding disease status. The technology consists of a handheld electronic reader and an assay card for on-site testing. A milk or blood sample is applied to the card, which contains various reagents required for a specific testing procedure. Once the card is inserted into the reader, the test begins. The process reduces test times from approximately one week in a standard laboratory to a 10-15 minute farm test.

Bovalert Award Judging BovAlert Assay and Reader

From Left: Kieran O’Connell (DIT Hothouse), Dr. Simon Egan (ITT Dublin MiCRA) and Innovation Arena Award Judge, James Maloney (Machinery Editor, Irish Farmers Journal).
Above right: Laboratory Prototype of the BovAlert Reader and Assay Card.

Further Information
To learn more,
download the BovAlert Technology Information Sheet or contact Kieran O’Connell, DIT Hothouse Food & Life Science Licensing Executive on +353 1 402 3111 email kieran.oconnell@dit.ie, or Jack McDonnell, Industry Liaison Manager, ITT Dublin on +353 1 404 2864 email jack.mcdonnell@ittdublin.ie.