Neuromod Devices on track to launch Mutebutton in December

Dublin-based medical devices company Neuromod Devices is set to launch its tinnitus treatment Mutebutton in Ireland on schedule in December further to securing ISO 13485 certification for its quality management system. Founded by Dr Ross O’Neill in 2010 as a spin-out from NUI Maynooth, Neuromod Devices has been headquartered at NovaUCD since 2011 and plans a wider European launch of the Mutebutton system for 2015. O’Neill said the certification was an important milestone for the company: “It independently validates our ability to deliver medical devices and services while consistently meeting both customer and regulatory requirements.” Tinnitus is estimated to affect 10pc of the population with 1pc suffering from severely disabling…

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Leinster Rugby players announce The Bridge 1859 as Dublin’s newest bar in heart of Ballsbridge Pictured (L–R): Leinster Rugby players Sean O'Brien, Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney and Dave Kearney at The Bridge 1859

The Bridge 1859 has been officially announced as the name of the Ballsbridge bar formerly known as Bellamy’s. Recently acquired by Noel Anderson of The Grafton Lounge alongside Ireland and Leinster Rugby stars Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien and brothers Rob and Dave Kearney, The Bridge 1859 is looking forward to welcoming a scrum of customers from the end of September. “I’m obviously over the moon to have gone into business with the four lads,” said Anderson. “I can see us having some great days ahead in The Bridge 1859. The highs and lows of the last few months will all be worth it when we open the doors and pull that highly anticipated…

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World’s first mobile learning system SMS Tutor launching

Music director Frank McNamara has developed a solution to help all second-level students improve their exam performance whilst embracing their addictive mobile phone habits. The result is a new mobile learning service called SMS Tutor, the world’s first mobile learning system. SMS Tutor has developed an innovative and smart form of mobile learning using SMS messaging that provides students with daily curriculum content in the run up to their Junior or Leaving Certificate. It enables students to learn something new every day by receiving bite-sized course content via SMS relating to a subject of their choice. One of the many benefits of SMS Tutor is to improve a student’s focus…

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Company start-ups in July were up 11pc over the same month last year to 1,518, according to new figures from Vision-net.ie. This is the highest number of company start-ups for of July since pre-recession 2007 and works out at almost 49 new companies each day. Vision-net said the professional services sector was the most popular industry for start-ups in July, accounting for 22pc of new companies, followed by wholesale and retail (10pc) and construction (9pc). The figures also reveal a 47pc fall in construction company insolvencies compared to July 2013. Dublin was the location of 51pc of company start-ups in July, followed by Cork (8pc) and Limerick (4pc). Vision-net said…

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Kinvara Skincare only Irish finalist at UK beauty awards Kinvara Skincare founder Joanne Reilly

Organic skincare company Kinvara Skincare is the only Irish finalist at the FreeFrom UK Beauty Awards this year. Over 100 products from more than 70 skincare brands around the world have made the shortlist and the winners will be announced at the ‘Love Natural, Love Organic’ show at the Olympia in London on 4 July. Nominated products from the Kinvara Skincare range include the Rosehip Face Serum in the ‘Leave On Face Care’ category, along with the Absolute Cleansing Oil in the ‘Take Off Face Care’ category. Suitable for men and women, the Irish-owned skincare range based in Co Galway uses plant packed ingredients (93pc from an edible food source)…

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gem report

Some 32,000 people started new businesses in Ireland in 2013, and one 11 in of the adult population are now engaged in some form of early-stage entrepreneurial activity, according to the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (Gem). According to the findings, entrepreneurial activity is at its highest since the economic crisis began. The number of people indicating that they intend to start a business in the next three years increased significantly in 2013 and is now at its highest level since Ireland first became involved in Gem research in 2000. Important Factor – Getting Clients One of the most important factors is how to get clients and increase revenue in small business ventures . According to Ian Brodie, “Too many…

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A 47pc rise in the number of Irish tech company start-ups (122) was recorded in April 2014 compared to the same month last year (83), according to new figures from Vision-net.ie. Managing director of Vision-net.ie Christine Cullen said the increase indicated “positive growth within our indigenous tech sector”. “Ireland is the second largest exporter of ICT services in the world, an industry that contributes €72bn to the national economy annually. Presently, however, only 3pc of that revenue is generated by Irish companies. “It is certainly heartening, then, to see Irish tech entrepreneurs committed to investing their skills and ideas here, increasing the share of industry revenue made by indigenous businesses.…

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Medical software company 3D4Medical has collaborated with researchers at University College Cork (UCC) to develop ‘Radiology-Head, an iPad radiology app. Developed with the departments of radiology and anatomy and neuroscience at UCC, the app illustrates brain anatomy on MRI in clear and simple detail. Dr. Kevin Murphy, who is a lecturer in these departments, believes the app will be an important resource for undergraduate medical students and all healthcare students, medical doctors and healthcare professionals in facilitating the learning of neuroanatomy. It may also be helpful for patients with neurological diseases and their families in gaining a deeper understanding of their illness. The Radiology-Head app uses an intuitive graphics platform,…

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Entrepreneur and one of the Dragons on RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den Barry O’Sullivan is to share his secrets to success with start-ups and small businesses as part of the Vodafone Smart StartUp Network series. Having previously led some large divisions for Cisco, this month O’Sullivan launched tech start-up Altocloud as co-founder and CEO. With teams in place in Galway and California, it is creating a cloud-based communications platform that uses data analytics and machine learning to produce more effective customer-to-company interactions. “Our vision is to revolutionise customer communications by delivering personalised experiences, smarter interactions, faster resolution and satisfied customers to your business – without brands having to invest more money in…

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Decoded Fashion hosts

Decoded Fashion, a global event series and networking community that encourages entrepreneurship and advances technology innovation in fashion and retail, is hosting its first Irish ‘meetup’ in Dublin. Taking place in the Wayra Academy on 19 March, Decoded Fashion has been brought to Dublin by Sonya Lennon, a designer and stylist, and co-founder of Frockadvisor, a social commerce fashion platform that supports the independent retail sector by connecting and communicating with existing and new offline and online fashion fans. The theme of the first Decoded Fashion Dublin ‘Globalisation versus Localisation’ and the panel of speakers will include Rory Caren of IBM; Fidelman Healy, Gilt Groupe; and Renate McIntyre, Etsy. The…

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