Emmeline Hill, PhD, an equine genomics scientist at the Animal Genomics Laboratory at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, and a co-founder of the UCD spin-out company Equinome, has been named the Irish Tatler 2012 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.

Equinome, an equine genomics company, is based at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin (UCD).

The Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards were designed to recognise and reward Ireland’s most influential and successful women. In total fourteen awards are presented annually to some of Ireland’s leading women from the worlds of business, media, entertainment, fashion, and music. This year represents the first occasion that a dedicated Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award has been presented.

On receiving the award at a ceremony in Dublin, Ireland, Hill said, "I am delighted and honored to be the first recipient of this prestigious award. I am thrilled for science, innovation and entrepreneurship to be celebrated among women, and it is a privilege to share a stage with the other remarkable women who have been recognised for their amazing achievements."

Hill hails from a family synonymous with horse racing and breeding in Ireland. Her grandmother, Charmian Hill, owned Dawn Run, the only racehorse to have completed the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle (1984) and Gold Cup (1986) double.

Hill joined UCD in 2002 as a post-doctoral researcher. In 2004, she received a Science Foundation Ireland award which supported a 5-year program of work at UCD to investigate the genomics of performance in Thoroughbred horses.