Professor John Anderson honoured at NISP CONNECT £25k AwardsLeading medical engineering entrepreneur, Professor John Anderson, was honoured at this year’s Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP) CONNECT £25K Awards for his contribution and dedication to the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation in Northern Ireland.
Professor Anderson was a key member of the team at the Royal Victoria Hospital that created the world’s first defibrillators and recognising the commercial potential took this life saving technology to market.
Today, Professor Anderson is best known as founder and Chief Technology Officer of HeartSine® Technologies Inc., a world leader in life-saving defibrillation therapy. He is also a founder of Intelesens, the manufacturer of world-leading body-worn vital sign monitoring devices.
Recognising the need for continuous advancement in research, Professor Anderson formed the Northern Ireland Bio-Engineering Centre (NIBEC), at University of Ulster (Jordanstown), and was its first Director. He was also the Head of the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at that University. He had been Head of BioEngineering at the Royal Victoria Hospital, when the world’s first mobile coronary care unit was launched in 1967.
He has also been responsible for developing the leading edge technology utilised in many defibrillators, including semi-automatic and public access units – as seen in many airports and public buildings today. In 2002 Professor Anderson was awarded a UK Business Fellowship, one of only twelve awarded in the UK.
Sponsored by Bank of Ireland, Invest NI, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Ulster and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), NISP CONNECT’s £25K Awards aim to identify local talent and offer a platform to launch the ‘Next Big Thing’ in intellectual property from within the NI publicly-funded research base. << BACK