Almost 500 Medtech business leaders gathered in Galway this week to see Medtronic named the Medtech company of the year at the 10th Irish Medtech Awards. The event is part of the two-day Medtech CEO Forum, hosted by the Irish Medtech Association, Enterprise Ireland, and IDA Ireland.
Medtronic’s Parkmore Galway facility – in existence for 30 years – is a global centre of excellence for company operations and new product development.
The other Galway winners were BioInnovate, which won the Academic Contribution to Medtech Award, and Zoan BioMed, which won Emerging Company of the Year.
Vice President and General Manager of Medtronic Galway Tony Neary said, “Winning this award is a true reflection of the relentless commitment and focus of our employees who constantly strive to make a real positive impact for our patients. Meaningful collaboration between our engineers and healthcare professionals at our Customer Innovation Centre allows us to work together towards achieving our common goal of improving patients’ lives and overcoming challenges in the healthcare environment.”
Irish Medtech Associatin Director Sinead Keogh said: “Irish medtech is a driver of both improved patient care and job creation: Medtronic is a great example of this. Medtech has a strong regional presence outside of Dublin with major clusters in Sligo, Cork, Limerick and Galway. This is also clear from all three finalists for Company of the Year with AbbVie based in Sligo and Abbott Diagnostics in Longford as well as Medtronic’s award winning site in Galway. Medtech manufacturing is the second largest employer in Ireland at 160,000 people working in the sector. 72 per cent of the jobs created this year were outside of Dublin. The medtech sector is vital for redressing economic recovery throughout the regions.”
TOP OF PAGE: IDA Ireland Head of Medical Technologies Michael Lohan; Irish Medtech Association Director Sinead Keogh; Vice President and General Manager Medtronic Galway Tony Neary; and Enterprise Ireland Manager of Lifesciences Sector Market Department Deirdre Glenn. Photo: Brian Gavin/ Press 22