Eliminating the doubt for people with diabetes

Like many genuine innovations, InsulCheck was born from personal experience. It was set up in 2009 by founders John Hughes and William Cirillo. John has Type 1 diabetes and is insulin-dependent. He suffered a hypo-glycaemic event and was hospitalised because he double injected by mistake. As he negotiated his recovery, he began to think about how he can make sure he and fellow patients with diabetes would not find themselves in this position again. The concept was born there and then.

InsulCheck removes the doubt for insulin pen users while offering their care team an extra level of security as their patients deal with their complex condition. Using a simple, light, add-on that clips to their existing pen, the time since the last injection is recorded on a digital display. People with diabetes and their families now have peace-of-mind like never before.

Innovation Zed Ltd. (trading as InsulCheck) is a company registered in the Republic of Ireland. It is based in the Learning and Innovation Centre at the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, Dublin.

More about the team

William Cirillo (Technical Director) has a strong technical background with a Degree in Applied Physics. Over the past 25 years William has worked in R&D, Academic, Financial and Manufacturing environments. His areas of expertise lie in design, production and project management of custom and generic software. He is also experienced in electronic as well as mechanical design. He is a co-founder of an online data backup start-up (Datahaven Ltd) based in Dublin. As our technical director, he is currently focused on the design and development of new prototypes as well as general production for the current version of InsulCheck.

John Hughes (Managing Director) started his 35 year old working career as a Primary School Teacher and while teaching, studied for a BSc in Computer Science at Trinity College.  Throughout the 80’s and 90’s, he held a number of senior technical and business management roles for a major Computer Manufacturer and an Irish Software Company. He founded one of Ireland’s first IT Training Companies in 1984 achieving revenues in excess of €1M and employing 15 staff. Later he built a software development company that grew to over 30 people operating in Ireland and the USA and achieving revenues of $2M. John was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 15 years ago.

Dr Brendan Kinsley MD  has been acting as medical advisor since the InsulCheck project began. He is a Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at the Endocrine Unit of the Mater Hospital in Dublin.

Martin Casey is the MD of Arekibo, one of Ireland’s leading digital agencies. His agency has designed and implemented digital strategy for some of Ireland’s top brands and public sector organisations.  Martin is our online and digital media advisor.

Michael Dempsey acts as Commercial advisor to the Company and has a successful track record in the Pharmaceutical Industry. He served as Managing Director, Ireland, for Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS). Michael also operated as a Senior Director for BMS in the EU with responsibility for Marketing.

Caroline Mac Laughlin is a qualified Accountant with a strong background in financial planning and fund raising. Caroline has worked with the promoters to perfect the financial plan for the business and has experience in corporate finance and business development.

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