Microgen Biotech Wins Business of the Year (South East)


Irish company and Institute of Technology Carlow spin-out MicroGen Biotech continues its run of success, after winning Business of the Year South East at last week’s inaugural Irish SME Business Awards.

The win is yet another coup for MicroGen Biotech, which was established three years ago as an Irish High-Potential Start-Up (HPSU) spin-out from the EnviroCORE research group at IT Carlow. Headed by Dr. Xuemei Germaine, MicroGen Biotech applies constructed, functional microbiome technology to increase crop yield and health, while protecting food safety by remediating pollutants and improving soil fertility. The start-up has developed a fast and efficient technology that allows identification of functional microbes in four months – a process that can typically take years. 

The inaugural Irish SME Business Awards celebrate the hard work and determination of the best professionals and businesses in the Irish SME business sector and follows the success of last year’s Scottish SME Business Awards. The awards are organised by Creative Oceanic, who are responsible for some of Ireland’s most successful and well known events. 27 awards were presented on the night. Irfan Younis, CEO of Creative Oceanic said: “We would like to congratulate all of our nominees and winners for this year’s awards who have gone the extra mile to make Ireland’s SME businesses as strong as they are today and we look forward to seeing the industry grow and expand in the years to come.”