Nuritas founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Nora Khaldi, was very proud to be invited to meet the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle during their first international visit, taking place in Dublin.
Dr. Nora Khaldi was joined among others by Enterprise Ireland CEO, Julie Sinnamon, Silicon Republic CEO, Ann O’Dea, President of Dublin City University, Prof. Brian MacCraith for a Diversity Roundtable discussion on how to empower women in technology.
“It was an honor to share a Roundtable with these incredible equality influencers to discuss how we can encourage young women to choose a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)” said Dr. Nora Khaldi “This is a topic especially close to my heart”.
The roundtable agreed that parents and teachers need to be educated about STEM and what incredible career opportunities it can offer. There also needs to be a championing of computational thinking in schools, “Often the expense of buying computers for every student is given as an excuse by the government” remarked Dr. Khaldi, “however, you don’t need a computer to learn computational thinking. These skills can be achieved by engaging good mathematical teachers”. A final point discussed, was the need to endorse more successful women in STEM as role models for younger generations. Dr. Khaldi noted she was “truly impressed with the Royal newlyweds input on the discussion and how personable they both were”.
Following the discussion, Dr. Khaldi had the opportunity to present the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with a gift created by the Nuritas team, a print of their ‘Peptified’ names, which is a fun way to represent a name as a peptide molecule. Dr. Khaldi said “they both seemed to like it and said it was the most original gift they have received”
Founded in 2014, Nuritas is revolutionising the discovery of novel, natural and scientifically proven active ingredients that can manage and improve human health. The company’s disruptive computational approach to discovery uses artificial intelligence, deep learning and genomics to rapidly and efficiently predict and then provide access to the most health-benefitting components hidden within food, called peptides.
Nuritas has received global recognition for the impact its innovative technology will have on the future of food and health. This includes winning the overall Innovation Award at the Forbes Reinventing America Summit in 2015, the Nutrition Capital Network Venture competition in October 2016 and support from EU Horizon 2020 in 2016 to accelerate market entry of their discovered peptide that carries the potential to prevent prediabetic patients from developing diabetes.
About Peptify™, powered by Nuritas
The science behind Peptify™: A peptide is a molecule that is made up of amino acids. As each amino acid is associated with a letter and a 3D structure, Nuritas can represent a name as a peptide molecule.
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