Friends left 'shocked and saddened' as young Irish CEO passes away unexpectedly
Tributes have poured in for young Irish chief executive Jemma Redmond, who passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday.
Ms Redmond founded 3D bio-printing company Ourobotics, which can create human tissue to use in organs. In February the company won the SVOD Europe Startup Competition for developing a printer capable of printing limbs.
Venture partner with start-up accelerator SOSV Bill Liao led the tributes to Ms Redmond, describing it as a sad day.
"Deeply saddened here at SOSV Jemma was a leading light in the Cork tech Scene. Her loss is truly a tragedy," Mr Liao said of the deceased.
Ms Redmond's company announced the news on its Twitter account yesterday.
Many chimed in expressing their shock and disbelief at the death of Ms Redmond.
@ouro_botics - I'm absolutely shocked and saddened. Can't believe this has happened.— Alison Cassidy (@Alison_Cassidy) August 16, 2016
@ouro_botics horrible news, too sudden, and far too young. RIP Jemma.— Jean O' Neill (@alxjea) August 16, 2016
@ouro_botics I am extremely upset by this tragic news. RIP Jem :'(.— Alanna Kelly (@sparklyparticle) August 16, 2016
@ouro_botics Good lord. My thoughts are with you all.— Danfox Davies ☣ (@danfoxdavies) August 16, 2016
The Ourobotics team said it was "shocked and sad" about Ms Redmond's passing. The funeral will take place on Friday August 19 at 11am in St Maelruains Parish Church of Ireland, Tallaght.
It is understood Ms Redmond was interacting with various people online before replies stopped.
Independent.ie understands that Ms Redmond had some health issues but that she seemed well in the build-up to her death.
Ms Redmond's death comes ahead of an investment round planned for the company. She was said to be a huge contributor to people.
Due to the sudden nature of her death, it is understood a post mortem will be carried out.