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SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Briefing Event

5th February 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Following the SBIR launch on December 13th The HSE and Enterprise Ireland are holding a briefing event seeking innovative solutions for Diabetes. The briefing event will be held on the 5th February in Technology Gateway Centre, Galway between 10:30 and 12:30. This briefing event is highly anticipated and has received a lot of interest thus far, so please register asap to secure your place as numbers are limited.

Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/sbir-diabetes-challenge-briefing-tickets-54583519777

Link to Enterprise Ireland information page about SBIR: https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/About-Us/Services/Procurement/SBIR-Ireland-/

The topic of this challenge is Diabetes. Please click the following link for the press release: https://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/News/PressReleases/2018-Press-Releases/Enterprise-Ireland-and-HSE-invite-SMEs-to-tackle-Diabetes-in-new-challenges.htmlfor the full press release. Diabetes is a serious global public health issue which has been described as the most challenging health problem in the 21st century. Between 1998 and 2015, there was a significant increase in the prevalence of doctor diagnosed diabetes among adults in Ireland. The prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes in Ireland ranges from 0.9 – 2.8% of the population. People with diabetes are at serious risk of developing microvascular complications which can result in damage to feet, resulting in loss of sensation, damage to the back of the eye which can lead to blindness and damage to kidneys which can result in kidney failure.

This new SBIR competition specifically targets two key unmet needs:
1. Reducing the risk of women developing diabetes following gestational diabetes
2. Screening for diabetic foot disease in all patients with diabetes

As part of this SBIR Challenge, Development Contracts are 100% funded across a two phased process and focused on specific identified needs, increasing the chance of exploitation. Suppliers will be selected by an open competition process and retain the intellectual property generated from the project, with certain rights of use retained by HSE. This is an excellent opportunity to establish an early customer for a new technology and to fund its development. The competition will be run by HSE, supported by EI following the SBIR model.

Please see the following link to eTenders to apply to the challenge: https://irl.eu-supply.com/app/rfq/publicpurchase_frameset.asp?PID=139496&B=ETENDERS_SIMPLE&PS=1&PP=ctm/Supplier/publictenders. If you have specific queries on this challenge please post them on the e-tenders link. This briefing event is your opportunity to meet the clinicians and ask any questions you may have about the challenge.

Ciara & Marguerite,
The SBIR Ireland Team
Enterprise Ireland



5th February 2019
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Category:


Enterprise Ireland


Galway Technology Centre
Galway, Ireland
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Enterprise Ireland
East Point Business Park, Dublin 3
Tel: +353 1 727 2000 | Fax: +353 1 727 2020

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