Irish technology company, SureWash recently announced that their innovative hand hygiene training solution has been adopted by the Seattle-based haemodialysis group, Northwest Kidney Centers. The announcement caps a busy year for the Dublin-based company in the Pacific Northwest, which included a visit by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. to SureWash’s technology in a new health and wellness science exhibition.
Dublin-based, SureWash has developed an interactive hand-hygiene training system with three core benefits: the ability to save money, time, and lives. The company is now putting their innovative technology to use in the US market.
Since the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”), there has been a strong push towards reducing costs in the healthcare sector. SureWash’s technology saves money by reducing the labor needed to train and audit hand hygiene compliance. It saves time associated with hand-hygiene training and operating by providing e-learning to healthcare professionals on hospital wards at their own convenience.
By promoting effective hand-hygiene techniques, SureWash can help reduce the number of hospital acquired infections which ultimately saves lives. It is estimated that approximately 100,000 Americans die from hospital acquired infections each year and costs the US Healthcare system $30 billion a year. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 50% of these hospital acquired infections could be prevented by better hand-hygiene. This validates the need for SureWash’s technology in US hospitals.
The Northwest Kidney Centers delivers more than 200,000 treatments a year in 15 dialysis centers and 11 hospitals to people suffering from kidney disease. The chance of contracting hospital acquired infections is especially prevalent among patients with kidney disease due to their weakened immune systems and therefore susceptibility to infections. Within its facilities, the Northwest Kidney Centers was committed to reducing the chances that patients, staff, and visitors would spread infections. To do this, they chose SureWash.
Earlier this year, representatives from Northwest Kidney Centers attended a SureWash reception at the PacificScienceCenter. Also in attendance was An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. who acknowledged and congratulated SureWash’s Co-FounderSeanBay on developing an innovative solution for a global problem.
This month SureWash will be showcasing their technology at Med in Ireland, an Enterprise Ireland medical technology & healthcare conference, exhibition and partnering event. With over 300 international guests, Irish companies such as SureWash will be looking to explore new partnership opportunities. It will be a great chance for SureWash, and the Irish medical device sector to showcase their capabilities.
Sean Bay, Co-Founder and Director of SureWash demonstrating the hand hygiene training technology at an event in the Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA earlier this year
Find out more about SureWash at www.surewash.com or follow on Twitter @surewash
For more information on Med In Ireland, visit http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/Events/OurEvents/MedinIreland2013/ or http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Med-in-Ireland-2013-3814058/about. Follow on Twitter @MedinIreland
As we enter October, Enterprise Ireland is in the final stages of preparation for the internationally acclaimed event, Med in Ireland. Med in Ireland is Enterprise Ireland’s high-profile medical technology & healthcare conference, exhibition and partnering event. Taking place every two years, it is a national showcase for the entire spectrum of the Irish medical technologies sector. On October 23, representatives from prominent medical device companies around the world will gather at Dublin’s Convention Center. There they will get the chance to see and interact with world-class Irish companies leading Europe in the field of medical device technologies, top clinicians, and academic experts.
This year features four keynote speakers: Michael A. Mussallem, Chairman & CEO of Edwards Lifesciences, John Dineen, President & CEO of GE Healthcare, Dr. Wolfgang Hofmann, SVP Pharmaceuticals of Fresenius Medical Care, and Dr. Ibtesam Al Bastaki, Health Operation Director PHCS of Dubai Health Authority. These four speakers are world renowned experts in the medical device industry. Alongside them is Conference Chair David Cassak. David is the VP, as well as Content & Managing Director of Medical Devices for Elsevier Business Intelligence. Together they will be discussing latest innovations and developments in the healthcare industry.
Key Note Speakers:
There will be over a thousand attendees; among them will be over 350 international guests. These attendees will be gathered for a welcoming event the night prior to the conference. The next morning they will hear from the key note speakers followed by a Q&A session. The afternoon is when the Irish companies will get the chance to hold private one-on-one meetings with the international buyers. Finally, the day ends with a networking dinner at Dublin’s iconic Guinness Storehouse.Speaking at the last Med in Ireland event in 2011, Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said, “There is no doubt that [Irish Medical Technology] is a sector where we can genuinely say that we’ve created a real cluster of strength.” Med in Ireland 2013 will allow for the Irish medical device sector to showcase its extraordinary capabilities.
For more information about Med in Ireland, contact Thomas Harrington at email@example.com
Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference is an annual gathering for the Microsoft partner community to learn about Microsoft’s roadmap for the upcoming year, network and build connections, share best practices, experience the latest product innovations and learn new skills and techniques.
This will be Enterprise Ireland’s 3rd year attending the conference and we are excited to announce these Irish companies (below) will join the scene in Houston this July 7-11 to share their business-ready solutions with the Microsoft reseller channel. Organise a meeting through WPC Connect!
||AccountsIQaccountsIQ is a Cloud Accounting software provider with offices in Dublin (IRL), London (UK), Palo Alto (US) and Sydney (AUS). We develop and support a highly functional Cloud accounting and business application delivered 24-7 from a SAS70 Type II compliant hosting facility. accountsIQ enables accountants and their clients to collaborate online to deliver significantly improved outsourced accounting and BPO services, whilst significantly reducing costs and improving productivity. It is ideal for franchises, groups and other multi-location businesses, without needing expensive IT infrastructure at either head office or each location. It handles full consolidation of results across multiple jurisdictions and currencies, allowing dynamic monitoring of all results as well as automation of the significant transactions flows between a group and its entities. It also provides extensive Web services integration capability, approval workflow, as well as powerful graphs and KPI reporting via user configurable dashboards and via a powerful refreshable Excel Add-in.
||AppQuikAppQuik Limited is focused on the development of high quality Enterprise Class Apps for our customers in the UK, US, and Ireland. With over 200 man years in development expertise we have extensive experience in developing solutions across the Microsoft solution stack. We have recently launched our App development platform (InfoApp Manager) which enables organisations of all sizes to design, build and deploy Apps across iOS, Android and Windows Phone8 simultaneously. This sophisticated platform also integrates with Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Office365 allowing for content to be created and published directly to your mobile applications. Our in built forms designer allows App users to collect data using mobile forms and write the data back directly to SharePoint or third party systems instantly. Headquartered in Dublin we have offices in London and we are currently expanding into new geographic locations.
||CareWorks SoftwareCareWorks is an international software company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with regional offices in the UK and US. It is one of only 20 Microsoft Dynamics CRM Global ISV Partners and the only one focused solely on serving the needs of the health and human services (HHS) community. CareDirector is CareWork’s highly configurable and extensible social care management solution built on Microsoft’s powerful Dynamics CRM platform. CareDirector improves HHS agencies’ service efficiency, effectiveness, and satisfaction, instantaneously transforming data into actionable information that informs services and improves outcomes. It allows resource-constrained organizations to easily configure the system with non-technical staff to satisfy both current and future business process, data collection, and reporting requirements, while accommodating end user preferences and benefiting from the lower total cost of ownership of a true COTS application.
||CipherDocsCipherDocs provides users of cloud document collaboration services, including Office 365, secure and controlled access to their hosted corporate data. Our real-time encryption service enables Office 365 document users to eliminate all potential third party access, to secure data-in-use, data-in-transit and data-at-rest at all times control & meet all compliance needs. CipherDocs Secure Gateway can be hosted internally, in the cloud and can be accessed through mobile devices.
||Global Business RegisterGlobal Business Register Ltd. is an Irish owned company founded in April 2007. Today we provide access to official, live data on over 55 million companies across the European Union and the United States, in 20 different languages. In essence, GBR provides a gateway to hundreds of millions of documents and data from the official government sources. GBR has created a number of products that are built on this real-time access to data. GBR SmartLogo is an intelligent management tool that allows the owner of an accreditation logo or mark to retain ownership and control of their logo even when the logo is displayed on third party websites. It is a “must have” tool for brand owners who wish to retain control of an accredited image or logo that has significant reputational value attached to it.
||HCS Business SolutionsEstablished in 1994, and with offices in Dublin and Waterford, we provide Software, Infrastructure and IT Services to businesses of all sizes around Ireland. HCS are a Microsoft Gold Small Business Partner with specialities in Office 365, SharePoint Online and Exchange Online.
||iQuateEstablished in 2002, iQuate is a privately owned company, with its HQ in Dublin, Ireland and regional offices in San Francisco and Sydney. iQuate is the global leader in IT inventory and discovery. We develop iQSonar – the most complete and accurate inventory technology available on the market today. This technology delivers complete, continual and accurate visibility of highly complex physical, virtual and cloud environments. Our verifiably accurate inventory improves the critical business decisions that control costs and mitigate risks.
||sam360SAM360 is an independent dedicated provider of Software Asset Management “SAM” tools and services. Our cloud services help partners and end clients manage software licence compliance, eliminate software underutilization, optimise software procurement & improve IT operational effectiveness. SAM360 do not resell software & do not provide any non-SAM services. As such, we are uniquely placed to act as independent trusted advisors, delivering tangible results for both partners and end clients. These key differentiators have allowed SAM360 to deliver in excess of 100 on time & on budget SAM projects across a range of enterprise & upper mid-market customers in North America, the UK and Ireland over the last 12 months. Core service offerings Include software license baseline services, SAM program design & implementation, outsourced SAM, cloud based software inventory & software license management.
For more information on Enterprise Ireland, our attending companies and more please contact:
Keith Byrne: +1 650-294-4085
Sean Bay, Sales Director and Co-Founder demonstrating the SureWash technology to An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. at the Pacific Science Center
An Taoiseach (Head of the Government of Ireland), Enda Kenny T.D. visited the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington on the 22nd of March to meet with the Enterprise Ireland technology company, SureWash.
Dublin-based SureWash have developed an interactive hand-hygiene training system with three core benefits – the ability to save money, time and lives – which the company now intends to leverage in the US market.
Since the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as “Obamacare”), the emphasis on cost-containment and reduction in the US healthcare environment cannot be underestimated. SureWash’s technology has the ability to save money by reducing the labour needed to train and audit hand-hygiene compliance – the first core benefit of the technology. Secondly, the technology can also save the time associated with hand-hygiene training and compliance by providing e-learning to healthcare professionals on hospital wards at their convenience.
Significantly, SureWash’s technology promotes effective hand-hygiene techniques which can lead to a reduction in hospital acquired infections and ultimately save lives. The importance of hand-hygiene in the US hospital environment should be underestimated – it is estimated that approximately 100,000 Americans die annually from hospital acquired infections with an associated cost for treating these infections of approximately $30 billion each year. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that 50% of these hospital acquired infections could be prevented by better hand-hygiene – validating the need for SureWash’s technology in the US hospital environment.
The purpose of the Taoiseach’s visit to the Pacific Science Center was to acknowledge the inclusion of the SureWash technology in a new health and wellness exhibition. The “WellbodyAcademy” is the first new permanent exhibition in the Pacific Science Center in more that a decade and was established to demonstrate good living practices in hygiene, nutrition, exercise and sleep.
The inclusion of SureWash’s hand-hygiene training system in the new exhibition was supported by a group of clinical experts associated with the Pacific Science Center. Furthermore, each of the three SureWash hand-hygiene training systems on display were sponsored directly by the Seattle Children’s Hospital – further validating the opportunity for SureWash’s technology in the US healthcare environment.
Following a demonstration of the SureWash technology, the Taoiseach congratulated SureWash’s Sales Director and Co-Founder, Sean Bay on their inclusion in the new exhibition and acknowledged SureWash as an example of an Irish technology company that had developed an innovative solution for a global problem. The Taoiseach made reference to the significant impact that SureWash’s technology had made in the Mater Hospital in Dublin and wished the company success as they introduce the solution to the hospitals in the US.
From Dublin, SureWash has forged strong links with the Seattle area through the use of Microsoft licensed solutions and the Microsoft Kinect Camera in their interactive training system and the Pacific Science Center where their technology is on display is strongly supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Also in attendance at the event were a number of SureWash’s key contacts in the Seattle area including representatives from Group Health Cooperative, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the North West Kidney Centers.
Find out more about SureWash at www.surewash.com or follow on Twitter @surewash!
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. speaking at SureWash event at the Pacific Science Center
Pictured from L to R: Scott Armstrong, Group Health Cooperative; An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D.; Dr. Sanford Melzer, Seattle Children’s Hospital; Michal Anderson, Pacific Science Center; and Sean Bay, SureWash
All photographs courtesy of © Shelly Oberman Photography
At any recent life sciences gathering, there is a constant debate about the future of the venture capital model. Since 2000, the number of venture capital firms has halved and the amount of money available to VC firms to invest has also decreased significantly. For six Irish life sciences companies the 2013 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference provided an opportunity to grab the attention of potential investors, senior industry executives and key opinion leaders.
From a venture capital and business development perspective, the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco is arguably the most important event of the entire year for the health care sector.
In fact, the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference has had such a large impact on the life sciences community that a number of supplementary conferences aimed specifically at early stage technology companies now take place in conjunction with the main conference. While issues and trends in the US healthcare system, med tech and biopharma industries are discussed at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference – life sciences entrepreneurs such as Jerry O’Brien of Cork-based point-of-care diagnostic Radisens pitch their offerings and solutions to potential investors and partners at conferences like OneMedForum.
Genesis VMI – an Irish software company with an inventory management solution for the operating room environment – recognize that coming to the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference is not just about attending seminars. Managing Director of Genesis VMI, Noel O’Hanlon commented that “it is really about the opportunity to meet with potential healthcare investors and potential technology partners from around the world – all in San Francisco for one week”.
This year, with six Irish life sciences companies ascending on San Francisco for this increasingly popular event, Enterprise Ireland organized a reception with some key opinion leaders, investors and deal-makers. Among the attendees, were Tom Loarie (Chairman of Mercator and also a member of Enterprise Ireland’s Medical Device Advisory Council – a group of experts in the US medical device industry that have an interest in helping Irish medical device companies succeed in the US), Nola Masterson (Managing Director of Science Futures – a life sciences investment firm), Randall Lashinski (CEO of Claret Medical – a catheter medical device company that has worked with a number of Irish companies), John MacMahon (COO of Maya Medical – a medical device company owned by Covidien and currently working with a number of Irish companies), Laurence McGrath (Executive Director US Healthcare Analyst at JP Morgan) and Bruce Jenett (Co-Chair of the Global Life Sciences Sector of, DLA Piper).
Other Irish life sciences companies in attendance included point-of-care diagnostic company, Biosensia; medical device company, Neuravi; drug discovery company, Sigmoid Pharma; and novel platform technology company, TriMod Therapeutics.
It’s one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the States – a centre for IT innovation, aerospace and defence manufacturing, beef barons and oil tycoons and home to the SXSW music and media showcase. And in March 2013, and it will be the destination for an Enterprise Ireland ministerial-led cross-sectoral trade mission.
In the latest edition of Enterprise Ireland‘s The Market magazine, Nick Marmion looks at why it’s hats off to the Lone Star State.
Texas is the second largest economy in the United States and the 15th largest in the world. What’s more, it’s the largest exporter of goods in the US: Texas currently grosses more than $100 billion a year in trade with other nations. It’s also home to 51 Fortune 500 companies, making it third in line after New York (with 57) and California (53). Irish companies with operations in Texas include Intuition, Kentz, Sercom, Firecomms, Icon and Trintech. But we believe the state presents further, and as yet barely exploited, opportunities for Irish companies to sell goods and services, develop partnerships and explore research linkages. In March 2013, we will co-ordinate a ministerial-led, cross-sectoral trade mission to Texas, taking in Dallas, Houston and Austin. This should be of particular interest to companies with solutions in the areas of:
- Wireless telecoms, chip and ICT manufacturing
- Medical device and IT for life sciences
- Oil and gas
- Smartfarm products for the dairy and cattle industries
One of the first industries to thrive in Texas after the civil war was cattle. Due to its long history as a centre of the livestock industry, Texas is associated with the image of the cowboy.
However, the state’s fortunes expanded in the early 20th century, when the oil started to flow. With strong investments in universities, Texas has developed a diversified economy and high-tech industry. Today, it is a leader in many industries, including agriculture, petrochemicals, energy, computers and electronics, aerospace and biomedical sciences.
Texas is one of the major hubs in the US for computer components and systems, as well as software. The Austin area is often referred to as ‘Silicon Hills’ because of the concentration of semiconductor design companies. Dell’s headquarters are located in the city’s suburb, Round Rock. Dallas is the birthplace of the integrated circuit, and by some definitions, the birthplace of the microprocessor. The North Dallas area has a high concentration of IT companies such as Texas Instruments and EDS. In addition, Harris County-based Compaq was once one of the world’s largest computer companies, and since Compaq’s merger with Hewlett-Packard, HP currently employs more employees in the Houston area than anywhere else in the world.
Texas is a global leader in the energy industry, and Houston is the energy capital of the world. The known petroleum deposits of Texas are about 8 billion barrels – or approximately one third of known US supply. As wells are depleted in the eastern portions of the state, drilling has moved westward. Several of the major oil companies have headquarters in Texas, including Conoco Phillips, Marathon Oil (Houston), Exxon-Mobil (Irving), Tesoro, and Valero (San Antonio). In addition, many of the world’s largest oilfield services firms, including Halliburton, Schlumberger and Dresser, have made Texas home, and major pipeline operators, such as El Paso and Dynegy, along with diversified energy firms such as TXU and Reliant Energy, are also there.
Since 2003, Texas state officials have created various initiatives like the Texas Enterprise Fund and the Texas Emerging Technology Fund to develop the economy of Texas. Texas has become a leader in alternative energy sources, producing more wind power than any other state, and it has also invested in small-scale solar power and experimental wave power generators.
A large number of defence contractors are located in Dallas and Houston, creating strong employment for the state. Two divisions of Lockheed Martin have their headquarters in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worthis where the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the largest Western fighter craft – and its successors the F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor – are manufactured. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is headquartered in Grand Prairie.
MUSIC AND MEDIA
Running from March 10 to 13, 2013, the Irish trade mission will coincide with the South by Southwest (SXSW) annual week of conferences and festivals. SXSW has become an increasingly important destination for Irish companies interested in the convergence of music, film, internet and emerging technologies, and we expect 30 to 40 client companies from these sectors alone to travel to Houston between March 8 and 17, 2013. So it’s come to Houston – and Dallas, and Austin.
For further information, contact Nick Marmion, Enterprise Ireland’s US West Coast Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1 650 294 4081.