Sudden death of 'fantastic, inspiring and remarkable' young scientist on cusp of ground-breaking technology discovery
Tributes have poured in following the sudden death of the CEO of a tech start-up company which is on the cusp of pioneering ground-breaking technology to manufacture human organs.
Jemma Redmond (38), from Tallaght in south Dublin, died suddenly on Tuesday, leaving her mother, Lorraine Cahill, devastated.
She described her only daughter as being "very hard-working and career-minded".
Ms Redmond was the founder of Cork-based Ourobotics, an award-winning tech start-up company that developed a 3D bioprinter which can print using live human cells.
The technology, which is still in its infancy, could eventually be used to manufacture human organs and replace the use of live animal testing.
Her colleague and co-director of the company, Dr Tony Herbert, said Ms Redmond's colleagues were shocked and devastated to learn of her sudden death.
"She was a fantastic, inspiring and remarkable woman and an inspiration," he told the Irish Independent.
"Jemma was making such progress on what is really ground-breaking technology. She had a fantastic sense of humour and fun and was universally liked and respected."
He said Ms Redmond's death had left a void in the company, which beat out competitors from across Europe to win the top prize in the Silicon Valley Open Doors Europe competition for technology start-up companies in Dublin in May.
"Jemma's loss has left a major hole in our capabilities. She was the technical leader and it was a major blow to the company," he said.
Bill Liao, a venture capitalist who invested in Ms Redmond's company, said Ms Redmond made "a large range of contributions to a range of fields in biotechnology and to the independent biotech community in general".