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An Irish health technology start-up, Kinesis Health Technologies, has been declared overall winner of the Tech Day pitching competition, at the 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress in San Francisco.

Held every four years, more than 6,000 experts in the field of ageing gathered at the World Congress to discuss improvements in the health, welfare, and rights of what is a fast-growing proportion of the world’s population.

Kinesis, a spinout from University College Dublin (UCD), pitched against a number of leading global start-ups in ageing technology, and were awarded $4,500 (€3,900) in prize money.

Kinesis QTUG™, a Class I medical device with nine years of research behind it, is used by healthcare professionals to identify which patients are at risk of falls and to prescribe an intervention, in addition to quantifying a patient’s response to therapy and rehabilitation, and to assessing patients for neurological disorders.

The World Health Organisation estimates that 30 per cent of adults who are aged over 65 years of age fall at least once each year, the direct and indirect societal costs of which are vast. In the US, such costs associated with falls among older people have been estimated to be in the region of $30 billion per year.

Seamus Small, CEO and co-founder of Kinesis Health Technologies said: “We are delighted to have won the Tech Day pitch competition at such a prestigious international ageing conference. This prize provides great recognition for the Kinesis team and provides further external validation of the value and impact of our products to the global ageing care market”.