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Prof. William Scanlon, CEO, Tyndall, Peter Smyth, Commercial Director, Tyndall and Brad Wrigley, CEO, Varadis pictured at Tyndall at the announcement that a novel radiation detection technology, developed at Tyndall National Institute, has been licensed exclusively to Cork-based Varadis. Picture Clare Keogh
Prof. William Scanlon, CEO, Tyndall, Peter Smyth, Commercial Director, Tyndall and Brad Wrigley, CEO, Varadis pictured at Tyndall at the announcement that a novel radiation detection technology, developed at Tyndall National Institute, has been licensed exclusively to Cork-based Varadis. Picture Clare Keogh
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Cork firm will hunt for space radiation

NEW technology developed by the Tyndall Institute is to be used by a Cork-based company which specialises in detecting radiation in outer space.

The novel radiation detection technology, developed at Tyndall National Institute, has been licensed exclusively to Cork-based Varadis.

Varadis is a spin-out company from Tyndall, which specialises in providing radiation measurement technology to astronauts, defence forces and global scientific institutes.

Already in use by astronauts in the International Space Station, Tyndall’s Radiation Sensing Field Effect Transistors (RADFETs) accurately measure the absorbed doses of ionizing radiation such as gamma rays, protons, and X-rays.

This RADFET technology has wide applications, from radiotherapy and oncology to industrial and military, and is already a much sought-after solution for radiation monitoring on both people and equipment.

Varadis has ambitious plans for commercialisation and scaling of the solution globally.

Such is the demand for this technology, Varadis now plans to market the RADFET sensors globally across a number of sectors.

RADFETs can measure the amount of radiation that a tumour has absorbed in radiotherapy sessions, as well as having important implications in industrial power, space and in the earth’s core.

“The ability to accurately measure absorbed radiation doses is vital in a world where we are surrounded by radiation sources on a day to day basis,” said Brad Wrigley, chief executive of Varadis.

“Our technology has been validated through recurring customer sales within space exploration, physics research organisations and healthcare sectors.

“As the wearable market grows, we see enormous opportunities for the RADFETs technology, and Varadis is already in discussions with significant players in the technology market in the US and Asia,” he added.

Tyndall chief executive, William Scanlon, explained that RADFETs is just one example of the global impact research at the institute is having.

“Ground-breaking innovations at Tyndall continue to deliver enormous impact with global application,” he said.

“The RADFETs technology is built on 30 years of research in Tyndall; it is already very successful in the marketplace with a number of clients adopting this innovative radiation detection technology.

“Through this exclusive licensing to Varadis, we are confident that Varadis and the RADFETs technology will have global impact and applicability,” he added.