Hooke Bio Ltd. was founded in 2014 by Professor Mark Davies at Stokes Laboratories, University of Limerick (UL), a research center which has a rich history of microfluidic entrepreneurship. Hooke Bio spun out from the UL in 2017 and is currently based in Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland. The company is named after Robert Hooke (scientist, astronomer, engineer and architect). He was the first person to image a microorganism using a microscope and coined the term "cell".
Hooke Bio won Enterprise Ireland’s ‘One-to-Watch Award’ Big Idea’s Showcase in 2017 and was the gold winner at the National Start-up MedTech Awards in 2018. In Jan 2019, Hooke bio won €1.9m in the first round of funding through the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) in collaboration with the Centre for advanced photonics and process analysis (CAPPA) and NUI, Galway.
Hooke Bio Research is supported by;
Enterprise Ireland, Western Development Commission, Boole Investment Syndicate, Irrus Investments, DTIF
Prior to 2017, Hooke Bio was funded by two Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation funds. Private investment along with support from EI’s High Potential Start-Up fund allowed the company to spin out from the University of Limerick in 2017. The company received further support from Angel investors (Boole Investment Syndicate and Irrus Investments) and the Western Development Commission investment fund in 2018. In conjunction with the DTIF award received in 2019, Hooke Bio set up its premises in Shannon, Co. Clare.
The premises in Shannon consists of engineering and biological laboratories, a fully equipped workshop and office space. The Engineering laboratory includes the following: prototyping facilities, including a 3D printer, electronics workstation & machine shop and optical analysis instrumentation. Additionally, the engineering machine shop has a state of the art 5-axis CNC machine, for high precision machining. The onsite presence of rapid prototyping and machining equipment enables the custom design of parts and instrumentation. The biology laboratory facilitates the development and maintenance of 2D and 3D cell culture used to biologically validate the microfluidic technologies. The Bio lab also has cell culture facilities along with an Olympus IX70 fluorescent microscope and Tecan's Infinite F Nano+ microplate reader for undertaking biological assays and live cell analysis.