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Irish bioengineer wins international enterprise award

Irish scientist Conor Walsh of Harvard University is among five recipients of Rolex global Awards for Enterprise, for their research into important human and environmental challenges.

Walsh’s award, announced on 15 November at a ceremony in Los Angeles, was for research involving building a “soft robot” that can help stroke patients to walk unaided and gradually rebuild the connections between their muscles and joints.

Walsh is from Ireland. He completed a primary degree from Trinity College and then a MSc and PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He founded the Harvard Biodesign Lab where the research is carried out. His award includes a cash prize of €97,000.

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