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Co Down slimming device firm named company of the year

By Yvette Shapiro

Published 23/10/2015

Neurovalens founder Jason McKeown receives his award from Invest NI board member Padraig Canavan yesterday
Neurovalens founder Jason McKeown receives his award from Invest NI board member Padraig Canavan yesterday

The Co Down firm behind a pioneering device to help tackle obesity has been named company of the year at the annual Propel Awards.

Neurovalens - founded by Dromore doctor Jason McKeown - has developed Stimu Slim, an electronic headset that targets an area of the brain known to suppress appetite. The device induces a metabolic shift within the nervous system which reconfigures the internal functions of the body.

Padraig Canavan from Invest NI said: "Neurvalens has combined a pioneering innovative concept with a determination to succeed and it represents the perfect example of a local start-up with an exciting future ahead."

Propel is a 12-month programme which helps participants fast-track their business ideas and explore global markets. It has helped to create nearly 120 companies and almost 270 jobs.

Other winners last night included Belfast-based IOLABS, recognised as breakthrough company of the year for its innovative hardware used by electronic music composers. A special award for high revenue growth went to Ballymena-based Huge Rugby, an online shop for rugby products. Pokertree, a Tyrone-based microbrewery which has developed craft beers for restaurants and retail outlets, won the award for best go-to market strategy.

Applications are currently open for the next Propel programme, targeting early stage export-focused businesses.

Belfast Telegraph

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