NUIG Student Christopher McBrearty from Killybegs has won this year’s Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award for creating an early prostate cancer detection technology.
McBrearty, who is a Biomedical Science MSc student, was awarded €10,000 today from Enterprise Ireland to develop his company, called NanoDetetect.
NanoDetect can provide an advanced PSA screening technology to GPs and hospitals that will improve detection rates of prostate cancer.
“Our core goal is to reduce patient waiting time with quick test results and to help educate and raise awareness around prostate cancer,” McBrearty said.
“Our future goal is to be the breast check equivalent for men and to eventually bring our technology into other routine screen procedures for disease types.”
McBearty was one of 10 Finalists at the Student Entrepreneur Awards, which took place at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT). He will also receive mentoring from Enterprise Ireland to develop the commercial viability of the concept.
This is the 38th year of Enterprise Ireland’s Student Entrepreneur Awards, which are co-sponsored by Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys, Grant Thornton and the Local Enterprise Offices and are open to all third level colleges across the country.
Along with the prize money the winners will also share in a €30,000 consultancy fund that will enable them to turn their ideas into a commercial reality.