Team from IT Tralee win Invention of the Year for skin ageing innovation

Prof. Cian O’Mathuna (Tyndall); Partner at Purdy Lucey Intellectual Property (sponsor), Michael Lucey; and Invention of the Year Award winner, Dr Helena McMahon of IT Tralee for her anti-skin ageing innovation, NutraECM. Photo: Cathal Noonan.

A team from IT Tralee has won Invention of the Year for their skin ageing innovation.

They were honoured at the Bridge Network Invention of the Year awards at University College Cork.

The Bridge Network bring together researchers and innovators from the Institute of Technology Tralee, University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, and Teagasc to support the commercialisation of research.


The annual awards showcase the most innovative research and inventions in technology across agritech, life sciences, biotechnology, and the ICT sectors.

The Bridge Network Invention of the Year was awarded to Dr Helena McMahon and Dr Aleksandra Augustyniak of IT Tralee for the NutraECM solution, which has the potential to change how we treat skin ageing in the future, and provide the ultimate solution to this issue.

NutraECM is an oral and topical treatment and could apply not only to skin, but potentially also to cartilage and bone, where extracellular matrix is required.