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
George Moore, a US-based specialist in the field of data/precision analytics, has been announced as the technology Start-up Ambassador for the US, as part of its strategy to promote Ireland and to encourage overseas entrepreneurs to locate their start-up businesses in Ireland. This follows on from earlier appointments of Start-Up Ambassadors for key markets in the UK, China and Middle East, and for the life sciences sector in the US.
Mr Moore is a pioneer in the development of real time analytics and information technology for business applications, with many years experience in the region. He has particular expertise in the area of consumer scoring technologies for real time applications in the telecom, media, and retail industries. He will now bring this vast experience to working closely with Enterprise-Ireland to highlight Ireland and what it has to offer for technology start-ups.
This announcement marks the fifth international start-up ambassador appointed by Enterprise Ireland over the past year. It follows on the appointment of Dylan Collins for the UK market, Paul Kenny for the Middle East, Liam Casey for the Greater China Region, and Dr Art Rosenthal as Life Sciences Start-up Ambassador for the US.
The announcement follows on the launch late last year of a dedicated €10 million International Start-Up Fund to target investor ready overseas entrepreneurs to start their business inIreland. Administered by Enterprise Ireland, the fund is open to company promoters anywhere in the world, but is targeted particularly at the Irish Diaspora, international expatriates, the ‘New Diaspora’ (people from overseas who have previously worked or studied in Ireland), as well as serial and mobile entrepreneurs.
Lorcan O’Sullivan, Manager of Enterprise Ireland’s Overseas Entrepreneurship Department, said: ‘We are delighted to have a high profile figure such as George Moore as a US Ambassador for Enterprise Ireland’s international start-ups programme. George has not only experience of running large multinational operations, he has also extensive knowledge of start-ups as an investor. An increasing number of mobile international entrepreneurs are coming to Ireland as their location of choice to start a new business. The volume of enquiries is double that of last year and this is certainly encouraging for us. It is a tremendous boost to have a person of the calibre of George Moore, with his extensive experience and business networks and based locally in the US, who can support this programme and share his experience with other US entrepreneurs looking to start up in Ireland’.
George Moore added:
‘No one ever started a large company! All companies including such Fortune 500 companies as HP, Intel, Microsoft and Google were start-ups and all began as an idea with smart people, experienced advisors, luck, and access to capital. I look forward to working with Enterprise Ireland to drive entrepreneurial enterprises to Ireland’.
To find out more about the International Start-Up Fund and Ireland as a location for your business visit: www.startinireland.com
Looking at where VCs are putting their money is an easy way to identify sectors with perceived growth potential. The Affordable Care Act (known affectionately as “Obamacare”); a new additional 2.3% medical device tax; and continued uncertainty about the FDA approval process has led to big drop in VC funding dollars in the US life sciences industry in 2012. In fact, PwC have estimated that the medical device industry is down 30% in VC funding dollars and 22% in VC deals in Q2 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
Remarkably, it does not seem that these challenges have impacted digital health, connected health, health technology or whatever term you might prefer to use. At the Health 2.0 San Francisco Fall event, the digital health accelerator RockHealth declared that VC funding dollars had increased by 70% and that VC deals had increased by 84% in Q3 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
So it should not be surprising that when Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick proclaimed that the third week in October would be known as “Innovation Week” in Boston that it was centered around two large health technology events.
The focus on the role of technology in healthcare began with a two-day event in the Massachusetts State House. The extensively named, “EU-US eHealth Marketplace & 2012 Transatlantic Health IT/eHealth Cooperation Assembly” was organised by the European Connected Health Alliance (ECH Alliance), the Northern Ireland Massachusetts Connection (NIMAC) and EU Commission. Essentially, the purpose of the event was to encourage the development of collaborations between the US and Europe in the area of connected health.
Among the attendees with a link to Enterprise Ireland were Irish companies SilverCloud Health and Cara Wellness whom exhibited and pitched their offerings at the assembly of 300 health tech executives, financiers, policy makers and health tech enthusiasts.
Headquartered in the National Digital Research Centre in Dublin, SilverCloud Health has a platform that allows healthcare providers and organisations to rapidly introduce health and wellness programs to their clients.
Through the collaboration of CASALA, ADA and Rigney Dolphin; CARAwellness has a technology that allows users gather information about their health from several technology sources so that they can keep an eye on their wellbeing and allow them share it with their carers. CARAwellness are able to do this through the use of medical technology, such as blood pressure cuffs, weight scales and sensors.
It was not just Irish health tech companies represented though – to promote eHealth Week 2013, Ciaran Cannon, T.D., Minister of State for Training and Skills concluded the two-day seminar with an invitation to all participants and their peers to come to the new convention centre in Dublin next May for the event – one of many conferences coinciding with Tourism Ireland’s “The Gathering 2013”.
Next up was the main event, the Connected Health Symposium 2012 presented by Partners HealthCare – the not-for-profit health care system that was founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.
The Connected Health Symposium prides itself on being the place where healthcare and technology collide – and they’ve been colliding annually for 9 years now in Boston. The discussions ranged from the policy driving “meaningful use” to discussions on how Americans are embracing solutions for health and wellness voluntarily – an estimated 60% of US adults are tracking their weight, diet or exercise routine voluntarily (albeit about half of these engaged Americans are what Susannah Fox of the Pew Internet & American Life Project described as “self trackers” – those who track their health using the popular “skinny jeans test”).
There’s a lot happening in health tech in the US at the moment and next year at eHealth Week 2013 in Dublin, Ireland Inc. will have its opportunity to showcase what the Irish health tech community can bring to the table.
Picture above is the main hall in the Massachusetts State House at the EU-US eHealth Marketplace & 2012 Transatlantic Health IT/eHealth Cooperation Assembly.
Last month, 100 representatives from over 40 Enterprise Ireland client companies gathered in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway for a one-day seminar on winning business in the US medical device market. In attendance were a number of US-based senior executives from medical device giants such as Boston Scientific, Medtronic and Stryker.
The Enterprise Ireland office in Boston invited ten guest speakers from companies such as Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Terumo, Stryker, Arsenal Medical, Sapheon and MedCelerate to discuss the procurement process, regulatory approval, reimbursement and other key issues that must be understood in order to successfully export into the US medical device market.
The Enterprise Ireland event June also involved over 80 individual buyer meetings between client companies and the US-based senior executives, while John Power, CEO of Aerogen and Paddy Mulholland, Managing Director of VistaMed shared their experiences about successfully winning business in the US medical device market as an Irish company.
Speaking at the event, Gerry Murphy, Executive Director of Enterprise Ireland said “the US Med Device sector is undoubtedly the most important med device sector worldwide, valued at $127 Billion per annum and expected to reach over $151 Billion by 2015. This is a really practical way for Irish medical device companies to learn from US experts and proven Irish companies about how best to be successful in the world’s main market. Apart from the strategy and technical mentoring on offer, this event provides an opportunity for these Irish firms to meet executives and buyers in individual meetings. We expect business partnerships to begin at this event that will ultimately lead to increased exports.”
The medical technology sector continues to be a key success story for Ireland and is a very important contributor to the economy. The industry now employs over 25,000 people in over 250 companies, with exports of over €7.2 billion per annum which continues to grow year-on-year. In addition to the rich landscape of world leading multinational companies, Ireland has fostered the growth of a highly dynamic, vibrant and innovative indigenous company base. Indeed, with fifty percent of the Irish medical technology company base now composed by indigenous firms, the sector has never been in a stronger position to achieve success in the United States– the largest medical technology market in the world. The Enterprise Ireland office in Boston works with a wide-range of Irish medical technology companies looking to export to the US market.
Back row from left to right: Eddie Goodwin, Manager Boston Office and VP Medical Technologies & Pharma at Enterprise Ireland; Dr. James Barry, Executive VP and COO at Arsenal Medical; Dr. Arthur Rosenthal, CEO at gEyeCue Medical Systems and recently appointed Enterprise Ireland Start-Up Ambassador and Dr. James Cunningham, Director of the Institute for Business, Social Sciences and Public Policy at NUI Galway.
Middle row from left to right: Marie O’Malley, Senior Director of Supply Management at Medtronic CardioVascular; Ken McDonnell, Global Business Development Director at Terumo Medical; Greg Davis, Founder & CEO at MedCelerate Consulting Group; Thomas Byrne at Director of Health Economics and Reimbursement, Boston Scientific Corporation and Gerry Murphy, Executive Director at Enterprise Ireland.
Front row from left to right: David Cassak, Managing Director Medical Devices at Windhover Information – Elsevier Business Intelligence; Ryder L. Russell, Director Research & Development/Director Divisional Quality Assurance at Stryker Corporation; Dr. James J. Browne, President at NUI Galway; Paddy Mulholland; Managing Director at VistaMed and Dr. Emer Mulligan, Head of School at J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway.
INVITATION TO ATTEND SXSW
After last year’s inaugural SXSW delegation, EnterpriseIrelandis again showcasing the best Irish technology at South by Southwest (SXSW) conference from March 9 – 17th 2012.
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
SXSW is widely recognised as the premier conference for the most ambitious web and digital media companies to showcase their technologies (Twitter 2007, Foursquare 2009, GameSalad 2009, FoodSpotting 2010, all launched here),mix with the key players in web, interactive media, film and music industries to drive their business forward. This conference is geared toward software and hardware manufacturers, social media solutions, infrastructure and hosting providers, SEO, SEM and marketing leaders, independent game developers, publishers, web applications, gaming studios, digital media industry professionals, and internet trend-setters and taste-makers from all around the world. And that’s why we want you,Ireland’s best start-ups, innovators and creatives to join the 2012 delegation.
EnterpriseIrelandis supporting SXSW Gold Badge at a rate of €985 plus 23% VAT per delegate for Enterprise Ireland clients. Non Enterprise Ireland clients can participate at €1,970 plus 23% VAT per delegate.
Delegation package includes:
National branded trade stand during Trade Show – designed for your meeting use
Company logo included in signage on the stand
EnterpriseIrelandnetworking event – Interactive opening night Sat March 10th 5 pm – open to you network
Entrance for Interactive & Film Conferences & Festivals
5 Days of Film and Interactive Panels and Keynotes
4 Days of SXSW Trade Show: The Exhibition for Creative Industries
4 Days of Day Stage Programming
Unlimited Networking Opportunities
Interactive Awards and Pre-Party
Featured Speakers and Q&A sessions
Interactive Core Conversations and BookReadings
SXSW ScreenBurn Arcade
SXSW ScreenBurn Panel Programming
Online SXsocial, Productivity and Networking Tools
Continuing Legal Education Program (CLE)
Official Film and Interactive Parties including all Opening, Closing and Intermission Parties
AdditionallyEnterpriseIrelandwill be marketing our delegation to 36,000 attendees with a branded stand and supporting advertising for our Networking Event.
SXSW begins on March 9th – 17th with the Interactive conference commencing on March 9th; Trade show floor is open on Monday and runs until Thursday.
Space is limited so don’t delay!
To register, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ON LINE.
Closing date for registration is Wednesday 14 December 2011.
You will be asked for the following mandatory details during registration:
Delegate contact details
Company profile and logo
Credit card details for deposit payment
Hotel accommodation dates (REQUIRED)
EnterpriseIrelandis offering this package on a first come first served basis. Please note that space is limited so don’t delay! For Enterprise Ireland clients, a non refundable fee of €1,191.85 (this is made up of your participation fee of €985 plus VAT at 23%) is due by credit card upon registration in order to secure your place. An invoice will be issued after the event. Non Enterprise Ireland clients can participate at this event for a participation fee of €1,970 plus 23% VAT. A non refundable deposit of €1,210 (this is made up of €1,000 plus 23% VAT) is due upon registration in order to secure a place on this event.
here to view the official SXSW website, and for further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancellations should be received in writing to
There are no refunds associated with this event. In the event that you cannot attend you may nominate a substitute colleague to attend on your behalf, a transfer fee will be incurred.
Looking forward to seeing you inAustin!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Location: The Dogwood Room,
North Carolina Biotechnology Center
15 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709
8.45am -11.30am: Life Sciences Networking Event
An Irish delegation is embarking on an upcoming trade mission to strengthen economic and trade ties between North Carolina and Ireland. A key element to the Mission is a Life Science networking and partnering event to take place at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
The life Science event will showcase 14 of Ireland’s visiting high technology Life Science companies (Pharma and Medical Device click Enterprise Ireland Companies to view each company). The event will take place in an informal networking environment with table top displays by the guest companies. North Carolina Life Science companies are welcome to come and meet the visiting Irish companies to discuss their technologies, the life science sectors in North Carolina and Ireland, new developments in the sectors, collaboration and supplier opportunities.
The event will be opened by remarks from the Irish Government Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. and Richard Stack, President, Synecor. This event will start at 8.45am and give the opportunity for meetings and informal networking between North Carolina based and the visiting Irish companies.
You are warmly invited to come along and meet examples of technologies from the burgeoning Irish Life Science sector and network with the visitors and local colleagues.
Please RSVP to: Eoin.Moore@Enterprise-Ireland.com. For more information, please call: Eoin Moore on 212 546 0470
Calling Irish Entrepreneurs to apply to the Citrix Startup Accelerator -
The Citrix Startup Accelerator Global Challenge 2011 - searching for the best entrepreneurs internationally where Citrix will invest up to $400k as well as time and resources.
Citrix are looking for:
- Innovative business solutions using cloud computing
- An idea around a solution that also uses mobile platforms (we’re particularly interested in the combination of cloud + mobile)
- A superior user experience based on insights into human behavior
- Emphasis on solving business problems and/or simplifying our digital lives (work + play)
- A compelling business plan and scalable business model
While the Citrix Startup Accelerator center is located in Silicon Valley they have a global innovation footprint. For the Global Challenge 2011 Citrix are reaching out to entrepreneurs in Europe and other regions.
More information can be found at citrixstartupaccelerator.com
You’re invited to “THE FUTURE OF MOBILE SERVICES WORKSHOP 2011”
Jan 18, 2011 | 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM | ArcLabs Innovation Centre, WIT West Campus, Carriganore
With the introduction of the iPhone and the Android operating system, Mobile services have exploded over the past two years, Join ‘The Future of Mobile Services” Workshop 2011 to discover where mobile services are going over the next four years and how this will impact your business. This event is designed to bring research to industry – to show you new trends and technologies that will help you become more competitive and better informed about the next wave of technology.
Hear from one of Ireland’s largest mobile and telecoms research centres, the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) together with its industry focused research and commercialisation arm the Centre for Converged Services (3CS). REGISTER NOW for workshops to discover more about:
- The future of mobile apps
- Pervasive and Context aware mobile services
- Mobile IMS services, mobile social network services
- Analytics and mobile social network analysis
Join the networking sessions and open debate; and voice your opinions on the type of mobile research that your company and industry would want to see in the future, learn how Enterprise Ireland can assist you in mobile Research & Development.
REGISTER Today or FOWARD TO A FRIEND and don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
The Irish Network Bay Area is hosting its Annual Christmas Gala and Fundraiser this Friday.
IN-BA Christmas Gala and Fundraiser
Irish Consulate, 100 Pine Street, Suite 3350 San Francisco CA 94111
Date: 3 December 2010, Friday 08:00 PM