WIT’s CTRG and Teleflex Europe research named in IRC funding announcement

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Pictured from left are: Madeline Treacy, Norah Storey and Sarn-II Baru, the three successful WIT recipients of the Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Awards

Pictured from left are: Madeline Treacy, Norah Storey and Sarn-II Baru, the three successful WIT recipients of the Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Awards

Project funded under the Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme focuses on reduction and elimination of healthcare-associated infections

The Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme which supports collaborations between researchers and partner organisations is to provide funding for a research project which will see Teleflex EUrope and WIT work together on the reduction and elimination of healthcare-associated infections: Functionalised Graphene Oxide Loaded Antimicrobial Nanocomposites for Biofilm and Encrustation Prevention in Medical Applications 

Researcher Sarn-II Baru’s project is in collaboration with enterprise partner Teleflex Medical Europe.

Unmet need

Although significant research has taken place during the last five decades on the selection of biomaterials with antimicrobial coatings, the effects of antimicrobial properties in long term catheters and implantable devices are still not completely developed. This research aims to provide a new and innovative solution to address the unmet need for biofilm prevention for medium and long term implantable devices.

Costly infection

Prof. Austin Coffey, supervisor in Waterford Institute of Technology stated, “Medical devices are routinely used in modern medicine to prevent and treat illness and disease but their use is compromised when “biofilms” attach to the device surface. Each incident of biofilm infection costs the healthcare system €50,000-€90,000 in Ireland. In the US, the total cost is €65 Bn. 75% hospital acquired infections are instigated by urinary catheters during the treatment of 15-25% hospitalised patients. This research, with our leading Industrial Partner seeks to find a ubiquitous solution to this real and present problem. Coupled with the laboratory resources and expertise from Teleflex Medical, Mr. Sarn-ii Baru has demonstrated the aptitude and experience to have significant impact in this research area of Global importance, and achieve a PhD in the process”. 

Research excellence

Morgan Tierney, Engineering Manager of Advanced Global Engineering (Teleflex Europe) added, “We are delighted to partner with Prof. Coffey and WIT. We have seen the research excellence that he and his Group, the CTRG at WIT have and continue to achieve. We are confident that this research project will mark the way for a sustained collaborative partnership into the future”.


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