Spectacular year for DCU spin-out


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The past year has been spectacular for DCU spin-out company Sep Tec

The business, which has developed a new solution for rapid, sensitive and cost-effective sepsis diagnosis, has won a series of awards, bringing it to international attention.

Sepsis is the body’s life- threatening immune response to the presence of bacteria in the blood or other infection and can claim lives within hours.

Sep Tec’s approach is designed to achieve more rapid automated pathogen identification in minutes rather than hours. Its technology can detect sepsis associated pathogens in whole blood within 15 minutes.


Sep Tec’s co-founder Kellie Adamson was presented with the “One to Watch” Award at Enterprise Irelands Big Ideas 2018 event.

The company was one of 12 investor -ready start-up companies to pitch new technology solutions to investors at enterprise Ireland’s annual showcase of start-up innovation emerging from higher education institutes.

Kellie Adamson received the award for the outstanding pitch pf the day. Each start-up had just three minutes to promote their businesses to an invited audience made up of the Irish research and business communities.

In 2018 Sep Tec tam were also awarded the Colin J Barnes Memorial Award for Research Excellence and the DCU President’s Award for Innovation in the ‘Academic and Research Staff’ category.


This award is for a product or process based substantially on research carried out at DCU with significant utility (social, educational, clinical or industrial/economic) and which has been endorsed by an external entity as having a potential impact on society or industry.