Antrim firm Randox Laboratories Ltd has been awarded £100,000 from the government to fund life-saving research into kidney transplant care.
The medical testing firm was awarded the bursary after winning a national competition funded by the Department of Health through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI).
The research is being carried out by Randox in partnership with St James’s University Hospital in Leeds.
Randox hopes that when complete, the research will revolutionise how patients are treated in renal units across the UK.
Dr Peter Fitzgerald, managing director of Randox Laboratories, said the funding would be used to create technology to improve the lives of transplant patients.
Dr Fitzgerald added: “We know that loss of kidney function is devastating and hope that our innovation could identify those at risk.
“The fact that we have been awarded this funding is testament to the UK government’s confidence in Randox’s unique technology, our innovation and our commitment to improving health.”