Carrick Therapeutics Co-founder Wins 2018 EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Dr Elaine Sullivan (pictured), co-founder and CEO of Carrick Therapeutics, is the winner of the 2018 EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year TM (EOY) Award. Carrick Therapeutics was established in 2016 with the aim of building Europe’s leading oncology company. It brings together world-class cancer researchers and drug development experts, backed by some of the most eminent scientific investors.
The company, which has raised $95 million in funding, is a University College Dublin (UCD) spin-in company and is headquartered at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs.
Tom Flanagan, Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation, UCD, said: “Elaine is a highly valued member of our community of entrepreneurs who chose to spin-in her company to UCD and locate at NovaUCD and winning this Award is truly well deserved. I would like to wish Elaine and her team continued success as they develop first-in-class treatments to target aggressive forms of cancer.”
Joe Healy, Divisional Manager, High Potential Start-Ups, Enterprise Ireland, said: “The work Elaine and her team at Carrick Therapeutics are doing is fantastic. The company are targeting new treatments for the most aggressive and resistant cancers. Since being established, Carrick has made excellent progress and is now developing two clinical assets and a pre-clinical pipeline that have the potential to meet significant unmet needs for patients. The work they are doing has the potential to have a major impact on the lives of patients and transform how cancer is treated.”
Carrick Therapeutics’ lead investors are; ARCH Venture Partners and Woodford Investment Management, with participation from Cambridge Enterprise, Cambridge Innovation Capital, Evotec, GV (Google Ventures), and Lightstone Ventures.
Research partners include: Cancer Research UK, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and Imperial College London. Carrick has also assembled a team of internationally recognised clinicians and scientists for its scientific advisory board, including Professor William Gallagher, Director, UCD Conway Institute.
Peter Coppinger and Dan Mackey, the founders of Cork technology firm Teamwork, was named overall winner of the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year TM(EOY) Award in addition to winning the 2018 EY International Entrepreneur of the Year TM (EOY) Award.
Bill Wolsey, founder, Beannchor, a Belfast-based hospitality group that employs more than 750 people, was named winner of the 2018 EY Industry Entrepreneur of the Year TM (EOY) Award.
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Ireland programme is designed to support, promote and connect Ireland’s entrepreneur community, and the Teamwork will now go on to represent Ireland at the World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards event in Monaco, in June 2019.
Chaired by the 2006 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ overall winner Anne Heraty, the judging panel includes previous EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ (overall and category) winners; Michael Carey, Mark Roden, Evelyn O’Toole, Dr Edmond Harty, Joe Hogan, Jerry Kennelly, Brendan Mooney, Pat McDonagh and Denis O’Brien as well as Joe Healy from Enterprise Ireland and Jeremy Fitch from Invest Northern Ireland.