Dr Barry Greene, CTO, Kinesis Health Technologies; Seamus Small, CEO, Kinesis Health Technologies and Paul Doherty, vice-president of sales, Shimmer.
Irish companies Kinesis Health Technologies, a UCD spin-out, and Shimmer today announced a partnership worth €3m incorporating Shimmer’s award-winning sensor platform into Kinesis’ QTUG technology.
Kinesis QTUG (Quantitative Timed Up and Go) is a ground-breaking evidenced-based technology which allows for earlier detection of mobility impairment and falls risk in older adults and aims to advance the field of falls prevention.
The product, which is based on research conducted in Ireland, is a Class I medical device registered in Europe, US and Canada.
The partnership, which includes Shimmer’s sensor platform in Kinesis’ QTUG product will be worth approximately €3m to Shimmer over the next four years. Initially the Kinesis QTUG product will be available in North America, Ireland and the UK.
Seamus Small, CEO, Kinesis said: “We are delighted to reach agreement and partner with Shimmer Sensing on the supply of their sensor platform for the Kinesis QTUG™ product. We are fortunate to have such a critical partner based only a few miles away. We look forward to working with Shimmer Sensing in serving the global market for falls prevention, and helping to address such a major healthcare challenge.”
Paul Doherty, vice-president of sales, Shimmer said: “Our partnership with Kinesis is an excellent fit as we focus on clinical grade sensing technology for digital health solutions. What Kinesis are doing is pushing the boundaries in this area, by focusing on preventing falls before they occur, rather than reacting to serious event or fall that has taken place.”