The 2016 Toy Fair New York, which is held annually, showcased some of the world’s most exciting up and coming toy products and is where some of the world’s biggest names such as Lego and Mattel exhibit. This year the show opened its doors to thousands of global play professionals to explore a record-breaking 415,000 Sq Ft of exhibit space which was filled with hundreds of thousands of toys, games and youth entertainment products. The show reported an attendance of 13,000 buyers from 100 different countries from across the globe to explore the exhibits of 1250 different exhibitors.
This year’s show saw a strong presence from some of Ireland’s newest and best toy and game companies. Five Irish companies travelled to exhibit at the show displaying a unique, innovative, and fun selection of products. The companies participating were Arckit, The Irish Fairy Door Company, The Lottie Doll (Arklu), TurboSpoke, and Yvolution.
The Irish Fairy Doors
According to Hannah Webb Vice President Consumer Goods & Retail Technology for Enterprise Ireland USA “the toy industry in the US is an exciting and growing market, it was fantastic to see such wonderful companies from Ireland exhibiting at this important industry show, meeting the right buyers, and successfully selling into the US market.”
The Lottie Doll
Ibis World reports that the retail market for toys has grown to $37.4 billion in revenue in the US and is expected to grow further to $40 billion in 2020. The sector is diverse in both product and retail channels, with toys and games sold through department stores, drug stores, online, and in specialty shop
In recent weeks, Enterprise Ireland’s New York Office collaborated with BNY Melon to create an insightful event focused on the online payments space. The invite only ‘Digital Payments Revolution’ event took place at BNY Melon HQ New York, with the aim of demonstrating how FinTech Companies are changing todays payments landscape and featured a select group of innovative Irish companies that are leading the way.
Brian Ruane, EVP & CEO of Broker Dealer Services BNY Melon hosted the event which was attended by over 200 banking professionals, payment experts, technologists and investors. Karen Preetz, President of BNY Melon, opened proceedings and spoke of BNY Mellon’s commitment to engaging in technological innovation and introduced the participating companies to the audience. In addition a keynote address by Andy Schmidt, Principal Executive Advisor of CEB TowerGroup focused on the changing payments environment and the role of new technologies in the finance and payments world.
A panel discussion followed these speaker insights and centered on the technical challenges that face today’s payments industry and the difficulties encountered trying to meet the ever more demanding needs of customers. The panel featured industry experts from companies such as Mastercard, the Clearing House, BNY Mellon, Ripple Labs and Td Bank.
The event also featured presentations from a number of Irish companies who are currently part of this digital payments revolution. Participating in this event was Fexco, Sysnet Global Solutions, Trustev, Continuum Commerce, Acquirer Systems and Daon.
Rory Griffith, Senior Vice President of Financial Software & Services at Enterprise Ireland, commented that; “collaborating with BNY Mellon to produce such an important and relevant event was a win-win for all stakeholders. The turnout, calibre of attendee, level of interest and follow up from this event has been immense and served to bring thought leaders, buyers and solutions vendors together. BNY Melon recognize both the challenge and the opportunity for banks in corporate payments and across all channels. By adopting a new technology focused strategy Banks are now making venture capital investment, partnering and harnessing the latest innovative payments technologies in order to be more secure, user friendly, multi-channel enabled, competitive, mobile enabled, and flexible for today’s market”.
The 6 companies that presented at this event demonstrated exceptional capabilities and represent a wider payments technology cluster which has benefited greatly from a vibrant Fintech ecosystem of funding, innovation, research & development, commercialization and internationalization that exists in Ireland and covers multiple domains within financial services. Expertise developed from handling multi-currency FX transactions, channels and transfers as both a major gateway to European and other global jurisdictions for US corporates and as a truly globalized economy has contributed much to this payments centre of excellence and constant innovation.
Outside of payments, Enterprise Ireland is having great success in driving other Fintech vendors to seize on multiple opportunities and solve the biggest market problems by replacing legacy systems in favour of smart, agile, compliant, revenue generating, secure solutions that the global market place demands and needs.
The economic pressures of ever-increasing healthcare costs coupled with a focus on quality health outcomes are driving the search for new approaches to healthcare management. Now government legislation in the United States is providing a strong impetus for change.
The Affordable Care Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, “the Stimulus Bill”) created the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), which sets aside $27 billion to foster increased use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) by physicians and hospitals, through the use of incentives for healthcare providers that set up and demonstrate “meaningful use” of such medical record systems.
These Acts and policies are striving to shape what is known as ‘Integrated Healthcare’. A form of healthcare delivery that links multiple levels of care management, coordinates services and encourages professional collaboration across a range of care deliver mediums.
With a focus on the intersection of technology and health care, this symposium convenes thought leaders in an effort to inform the Irish healthcare industry on the rapidly-expanding integrated healthcare marketplace.
Intended to stimulate and generate meaningful business opportunities, this seminar will offer engaging and informative inputs from international leaders in healthcare. With a diverse agenda, a combination of keynotes and panel discussions, this event promises to provide attendees with a thought-provoking and highly engaging day.
There may also be an opportunity for Enterprise Ireland clients to have one-to-one meetings and this will be at the discretion of our speakers.
|Doreen McKeown, SVP Life Sciences
Enterprise Ireland – Boston
||Welcome and Opening Remarks
|Pat Byrne, Dept. Manager – Communications & Digital Content
||Ireland’s eHealth Ireland Strategy – Progress to Date
|Richard Corbridge, CIO, Office of the Chief Information Officer
Health Service Executive
||Navigating the Market – Healthcare in the United States
|Proteus Duxbury, Managing Consultant
PA Consulting Group
||The Patient Journey: CTCA’s Perspective
|Kristin Darby, Chief Information Officer
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
||Business Model Transition: Becoming an Accountable Care Organisation
|Rebecca Schmidt, RN BS, Executive Director, Revenue Cycle and Access
|Josette Gordon-Simet, M.D., MBA, Family Medicine Physician, Medical Director, Advanced Practice Clinicians, Virtual Resource Center, Corporate and Retail Medicine
|CHI Health Alegent Creighton Clinic
||What’s Ahead in IT Purchasing? A Discussion with Healthcare Providers
|Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Alegent Creighton Clinic & PA Consulting Group
||Health Data Overflow (How much of it do we actually leverage?)
|Runbin Dong, Watson Ecosystem Business Development Manager – Healthcare
||GE Life Sciences – Big and Little Data
|Chris Larkin, Chief Technology Officer
||Partnerships as a Market Entry Strategy: What You Need to Know
|Jared Walker, Managing Director
Complete Computing Services
|Ronan Kelly, Trade Development Executive
Enterprise Ireland – Boston
||Trailblazers – E.I. Companies That Have Succeeded In the U.S.A.
|Ken Cahill, CEO
|Conor O’ Byrne, CEO
||Health Care Payment Reform in the U.S.: BCBS of MA’s Alternative Quality Contract
|Tony Dodek, V.P. Medical Quality and Strategy, Associate Chief Medical Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
||Guiding Principles: Pain Points for Insurers
|Jukka Valkonen, Director: Provider, Clinical and Payer Product Strategy
|Blue Shield of California
||Ask the Insurers
|Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Blue Shield of California & PA Consulting Group
||Pre-Arranged 1-to-1 Meetings Between EI Client Companies and Speakers
Who should attend?
The seminar is aimed at healthcare innovators, researchers and ICT companies that are using their technologies to drive improvements in the quality of health outcomes, enhance productivity and develop operational efficiencies in the healthcare setting.
Date and venue
Tuesday, 23rd June, 2015
East Point, Dublin
The seminar attendance fee is €150 (VAT exempt) with a maximum of three attendees per company.
How do I register?
You can register for the event by following this link.
Enterprise Ireland – Boston
+1 617 235 1605
Attending HIMSS? Look for these Irish companies standing out from the crowd in Chicago.
Show Floor Landmark: Mobile Health Knowledge Center
3D4Medical is an award winning technology company that specializes in the development of medical, educational and health & fitness apps for professional reference as well as student and patient education. Our apps are expertly designed to encourage unique learning experiences through intuitive interactivity and stunning visualizations.
Oneview Healthcare provides market leading Patient Engagement Solutions that are modular, fully customizable and future proof. The Oneview solution optimizes clinical performance and workflow efficiencies by providing interactive access to patient engagement services and clinical applications at the point-of-care. Oneview Healthcare provides in-hospital and patient portal solutions to enable the healthcare provider to extend the continuum of care in the home on one fully integrated platform.
SilverCloud Health is a leading global provider of advanced evidence-based online programs designed to promote positive behavior change and mental wellness in individuals experiencing a wide variety of mental, behavioral and physical illnesses. Our solutions provide ACOs, integrated health systems, provider groups and community health centers an essential link between physical and mental/behavioral health professionals in an ever more connected, value-based and individualized approach to care.
Arrange to meet their partners & experts at HIMSS 15
Sláinte Healthcare is a leading international technology company providing software & services that drive efficiencies and quality in healthcare. Through the deployment of Vitro’s clinician centric EMR, we enable healthcare providers internationally to benefit from rapid implementation, immediate user adoption & instant clinical impact.
Catch Andrew Murphy speaking at the Keynote address on April 14th: Together with Neil Jordan, Microsoft’s General Manager Worldwide Health and Chris Bryant, Operation Smile’s Senior Vice President, Applications & Technology, Sláinte will be speaking about cloud computing and the improvement of medical care.
This April, ten Irish companies will descend on New York City for INTERPHEX 2015. After a successful visit to the show in 2014, which is a Bio pharmaceutical/Pharmaceutical development and manufacturing trade show, there was substantial interest in a return visit this year.
These companies will be eager to promote their specialties in project management, manufacturing, construction, lean transformation and containment equipment to attendees at the show. To provide a better insight into the spectrum of Irish technologies we have profiled the companies below. If you would like to meet with any of them during the show or at our networking event on the 22nd of April, please contact;
firstname.lastname@example.org | +1 (617) 235-1605
Ardmac is an international company specialising in the construction of high value working environments for global brands. They specialize in constructing:
• Quality interior space to the fit out and refurbishment market;
• Cleanroom and controlled environments to research and manufacturing facilities complimented by a range of specialist products.
Bruce Shaw is an international construction consultancy firm with over 40 years’ experience, providing cost and project management and general consultancy services to the global construction industry.
With offices in 22 locations throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe, the GCC, USA, Asia and Australia they currently work for clients in 150 cities in over 40 countries around the world.
BSM USA Inc.
BSM is the global leader in the provision of Real Lean Transformation services to Life Science companies. BSM specializes in implementing Real Lean in QC Laboratories, QA-related processes and R&D departments’. Clients seek help from BSM when their businesses need step changes in performance on a scale which generic Lean/Sigma techniques cannot deliver. They specialise in the implementation of ‘Real Lean’ techniques, specifically Levelling, Flow and Standard Work. BSM is currently supporting global Lean programs in 4 of the world’s Top 6 pharmaceutical companies.
Specialists in calibration, commissioning, contract staffing, operations and maintenance & automation, LotusWorks is over 25 years supporting some of the world’s largest manufacturers in Ireland and the USA.
PM Group has a history in engineering, architecture and project management. They are in business for 40 years; today they are one of the world’s leading professional services companies serving major multi-national clients across the world.
Prosys Sampling Solutions
ProSys Sampling Systems Ltd specialises in the design and manufacture of sampling and containment equipment to meet the changing requirements of the pharmaceutical industry. Their products include both Containment and Aseptic Isolators.
The company’s philosophy is to contain the hazard at source, minimise cleaning, maximise flexibility and maintain an environment that is safe for all personnel. All their designs have been fully tested and qualified to contain potentially hazardous material to extremely low levels whilst still retaining the flexibility that is required in the production area. ProSys continuously innovates through developing our team of system specialists which ensures continuous learning.
Dortek is the leading supplier of hygienic GRP doors to the pharmaceutical, healthcare, food processing and laboratory sectors worldwide.
Team Horizon/ SCOPEFISH
Manufacturing Specialist delivering Engineering Solutions, Quality Management and Process Excellence to leading manufacturing organisations.
Kneat Solutions Booth: 1957
A key challenge for pharmaceutical manufacturers in going paperless is to achieve better quality. Kneat’s innovative software facilitates this by enabling a consistent, structured and transparent approach to Validation. Kneat delivers significant value innovation through enhanced compliance, reduced costs and audit readiness in real time.
Partswashing & Format Part Manufacturers
TEG provide responsive, cost effective solutions and have a successful track record of servicing leading pharmaceutical companies. TEG provide parts washing accessories, sterile-fill format parts and tablet blister tooling and tablet feeding systems.
Ciara Halliday, Enterprise Ireland, Toronto
The FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2015 took place at Punchestown Racecourse on February 5th, 6th and 7th. When the event was last held in 2013 there were 18,000 visitors over the three days and FTMTA CEO Gary Ryan was hoping for an even larger number this year.
Enterprise Ireland Toronto helped client company Samco Systems to organise an itinerary for their five Canadian dealers who travelled to Ireland for the show. On Wednesday 4th February the group travelled to the Lyon’s Estate where Dr. Bridget Lynch (UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science) presented to the group on Irish Agriculture; covering specifically the dairy industry and the role of forage maize. The presentation was followed by a tour of the research farm where Dairymaster Moo Monitors, Richard Keenan and Co vertical mixers and Easyfix mats and stalls were all seen.
On February 5th the group travelled to the Farm Machinery Show for Day 1 of the event. They walked the show in the morning, followed by a tour of the show with Michael Moroney in the afternoon. Michael Moroney is motoring and vintage editor with the Irish Farmers Journal. He worked at the Journal from 1979 to 2000 as Farm Machinery and later Motoring editor. He then became chief executive of the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) until 2008. During that time he maintained a weekly motoring column and established the Vintage Page within the paper. He re-joined the Journal in 2011 as Machinery and Motoring editor. Michael started with a brief introduction to Irish agricultural machinery and then guided the group through Pavilion 1, 2 and 3 to point out Irish companies of interest. In particular for the Canadian visitors, they were very interested in Richard Keenan & Co, Major Equipment International and baling companies such as McHale and Tanco.
An evening reception was held in the President’s Suite for all 29 international visitors to the show. Neil O Sullivan, Enterprise Ireland welcomed the group to Ireland. Gary Ryan, CEO FTMTA, gave a brief overview of the Farm Machinery Show history and thanked Enterprise Ireland for organising the international group of visitors. When dinner was over the visiting Canadian and international dealers were invited to have one last walk around the show where Irish exhibitors had waited after the public left, to facilitate one to one meetings.
Friday 6th saw the European visitors travel to a farm for the morning, while the Canadian visitors travelled to Adare with the Samco team. Overall the international visitors seemed very interested in the Irish companies they met with and impressed by the machinery they saw at the show and on the farm visits.