Feb 2, 2016 | By Kira
Ourobotics, the Irish 3D bioprinting company behind the Revolution multi-material 3D bioprinter, has won first place in the inaugural SVOD (Silicon Valley Open Doors) Europe startup competition, hosted by Google at its European Headquarters in Dublin. Founded by scientist and engineer Jemma Redmond, Ourobotics has developed an affordable, reliable and modular 3D bioprinter with a unique re-tooling system that can handle ten 3D printing materials or more in a single 3D bioprinted structure, and can thus be used to for human tissue engineering, pharmaceuticals, synthetic biology, 3D printed bio-textiles and more.
The aim of the SVOD competition is to connect the most promising Central and Eastern European technology startups with investors and experts from Western Europe and Silicon Valley. The event was attended by over 450 delegates with representatives from over 50 venture capital funds in attendance, and Redmond found herself competing against 25 equally ambitious startups, including Israeli project Recast and the Ukraine’s Wishround, which took second and third place, respectively.
As the winner of the coveted top prize, Ourobotics proved that there is multifaceted and definite interest in the booming 3D bioprinting market, and that the Revolution 3D Bioprinter offers as much potential as its name suggests. As the winner, Redmond will now attend and present at the next American SVOD conference, taking place on May 25th, where she will have the opportunity to connect with even more potential investors. Ourobotics also took home a $5,000 Google Adwords checque to help promote the business.
Ourobotics founder Jemma Redmond accepting part of the SVOD Europe first place prize
“The conference was really helpful, not only did we win, but we also received a lot of great adive and introductions. It’s definitely worthwhile for any startup company to attend,” said Redmond.
“It was fantastic that, in a competition based purely on the merit of business and technological advantages, our winner is a female founder from Ireland. Her project beat off stiff competition from 25 Startups from across Europe to win the prestigious competition,” said Anna Dvornikova, founder of SVOD Europe.
Redmond entered 3D bioprinting after studying applied physics nano-bioscience. She started by building 3D bioprinters on her kitchen table, funding herself throughout university in order to experiment with creating models of tumors in gelatin, tumors, reproductive tissues and more. Yet as the SVOD Europe competition has confirmed, Redmond is today is the founder and engineering genius behind one of the most promising 3D bioprinting startups in the world.
The Ourobotics Revolution 10+ material 3D bioprinter
“I have been working with on biomaterial research and the bioengineering techniques associated with it since 2009, and Jemma was the first person that I met with the potential to revolutionize the 3D bioprinting industry,” said Stephen Gray, Ourobotics Co-Founder, bioengineering PhD, and postdoctoral research associate at Professor Roger Kamm’s Lab, based between biological engineering at MIT and SMART Centre Singapore. “The woman is a creative engineering genius.” Indeed, both Gray and Redmond have quite a bit in store for the 3D bioprinting industry, including a particularly exciting and upcoming announcement regarding a new Ourobotics 3D bioprinter model (stay tuned for those details).
The first SVOD Europe competition, whose theme was “Myth vs. Reality,” was held at Google Europe HQ in Dublin between January 27th and 28th, with the support of key sponsors Almaz Capital Partners, PWC, and Google. The next SVOD Europe conference will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine, in April 2016.
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