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Startup of the day: Beats Medical
07:41, 3 September 2012 by Philip Connolly
Ciara Clancy, chief executive of Beats Medical
Company: Beats Medical
Founder: Ciara Clancy
Support: privately funded
What it does: hardware and software solution to help treat Parkinson’s disease
Over the past few decades a technological revolution has led to many of us carrying phones with more processing power than the Apollo spacecraft. For most people the impact of this has been felt through an increase in how connected we are through social networking and spending time online. Yet this new technology can also be applied to help people with serious medical issues.
Founded earlier this year, Beats Medical has brought together a team of both medial and technological expertise to help apply new technology to medical issues. The Dublin-based company is currently testing a new hardware and software solution to help reduce treatment costs, improve mobility and increase the living-standards of patients with Parkinson’s disease.
“We have developed a solution designed to revolutionise the way people with Parkinson’s are treated, assessed and monitored,” said Ciara Clancy, chief executive. “With our idea we thought we could really change the lives of people with Parkinson’s and also reduce the costs of healthcare. We use mobile phones to improve the care for people being treated.”
Clancy, a chartered physiotherapist, has experience working with people suffering from Parkinson’s and saw an opportunity to apply technology to help their treatment. Currently the product is at prototype stage and the company is about to start user trials. Clancy hopes the product will be launched within the next 12 months.
“Not only is this a business that can generate substantial revenue but we can truly make a difference to people’s lives,” said Clancy. “We have worked with a Parkinson’s charity, who have given us advice on what is important to them. Also we have worked with people involved in the tech sector and business, synergising areas that wouldn’t normally work together. Ireland is small but we can definitely build upon this and expand into Europe. It is totally exportable.”
Up to this point the company has been privately funded and is one of the 20 finalists in the Dublin version of Telefónica’sWayrastartup academy. Up to 10 projects will be selected to receive an investment of €50,000 each later this week.
Advice: “Be passionate about what you do.”