Dublin, Ireland – Fionn Lahart and Christoph Hennersperger, the visionaries behind the successful Irish medical technology company LUMA Vision, have been declared the winners of the prestigious Emerging Entrepreneurs award.
The announcement was made at this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year (EoY) event, held on Wednesday evening.
LUMA Vision, a venture-backed medical device company, specialises in cutting-edge cardiac imaging technology, with a focus on developing a catheter-based sensor device for patients who have undergone treatment for arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation (AFib).
AFib is a prevalent heart condition affecting over 38 million individuals worldwide.
Expressing his gratitude, Mr. Hennersperger attributed the award to the unwavering dedication of the LUMA Vision teams in both Ireland and Munich, Germany. Mr. Lahart, while acknowledging his family, considered it an honour to be nominated and to join the esteemed network of EoY alumni.
During a previous engagement at the annual EoY executive retreat in Austin, Texas, Mr. Lahart shed light on one of the key challenges associated with AFib treatments. He explained that a significant number of patients must return multiple times—two, three, or even four times—for repeat procedures.
“Doctors are unable to observe the situation directly, as these treatments are performed endovascularly, with a small catheter inserted into the heart. This lack of visibility poses a significant problem.”
Dr. Christoph Hennersperger
Co-Founder & CTO
LUMA Vision, headquartered in Dublin and Munich, has thus far secured an impressive €26 million in funding from investors to advance its technology.
The company, which employs a dedicated team of 50 full-time staff members, combines the power of data science and machine learning to offer clinicians a comprehensive, high-resolution visualisation of the heart in action.
This year’s EoY awards, held at the renowned Powerscourt Hotel in Co Wicklow, had the theme of “Change Makers.” In addition to the Emerging Entrepreneurs category, a special recognition award was presented to Mary Davis, the chief executive of Special Olympics International, for her exceptional contributions as a social entrepreneur.