Finalists announced for Medtech Rising Friday, 13 November 2020The Irish Medtech Association, the Ibec group that represents the medtech sector, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland today announced the finalists for Medtech Rising: The Irish Medtech Awards 2020. Irish Medtech Association Director Sinead Keogh said: “Medtech saves and improves lives. We are proud to celebrate achievements of the Irish medtech community by recognising the companies which are finalists for the Irish Medtech Awards. This year we want to showcase how medtech manufacturers and their staff have been working tirelessly to provide vital medical technologies to tackle the global coronavirus pandemic with five companies shortlisted for ‘Covid-19 Response Recognition Award’, namely, Aerogen, Harmac Medical Products, Medtronic, S3 Connected Health, and Tapadoo.” “This year we are also introducing a ‘Women in Leadership Company Initiative’ Award. Horizontal segregation in certain sectors and vertical segregation at certain levels remain a significant challenge for women. We want to increase the number of women working in, as well as progressing into, leadership in medtech. That is why we have introduced this new award, and we are delighted to announce that Alcon Ireland, and DePuy Ireland UC are both finalists. We’re happy to announce the list of 21 finalists today and I’m looking forward to announcing the winners at Medtech Rising on 2 December with Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.” Enterprise Ireland’s Manager of Lifesciences Deirdre Glenn said: “The Irish Medtech Awards give us a chance to celebrate Ireland’s uniquely collaborative medtech ecosystem which includes ambitious medtech companies from start-ups to thriving SMEs, world class research centres and access to experts to help the sector innovate and grow. Innovative Irish companies across medical devices, diagnostics, medical sub-supply and digital health are creating technology solutions to help tackle the global pandemic and are providing vital support in meeting the world’s demand for Covid testing, nebulisers, ventilators and other treatment and protection equipment. The awards provide an excellent opportunity to recognise this contribution and Enterprise Ireland would like to wish all of this year’s finalists the best of luck.” IDA Ireland’s MedTech Department Manager Rachel Shelly said: “Medtech Rising highlights what’s best about Ireland’s medtech sector, demonstrating why the world’s top medtech companies continue to invest in Ireland, growing their operations and activities year on year. The Irish Medtech Awards shine a light on the game changers, innovators, partners and rising stars that keep this industry thriving in Ireland. I would like to congratulate the finalists who have all proven their ability to transform and save lives, improve global healthcare, and drive industry growth.” The finalists are: Medtech Company of the Year Award • Aerogen • Boston Scientific Clonmel • West Pharmaceutical Services Emerging Medtech Company of the Year Award • Kastus • Perfuze • Tympany Medical Academic Contribution to Medtech Award: • AMBER – The SFI centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research • Irish Photonic Intergration Centre (IPIC) Medtech Partner/Supplier of the Year Award • Bellurgan Precision • West Pharmaceutical Services eHealth Innovation of the Year Award • Medtronic • S3 Connected Health Best Value of Medtech Campaign Award • Boston Scientific • Cook Medical Women in Leadership Company Initiative Award • Alcon Ireland • DePuy Ireland UC Covid-19 Response Recognition Award • Aerogen • Harmac Medical Products • Medtronic • S3 Connected Health • Tapadoo We would like to thank our event sponsors, Gold sponsors; Irish Medtech Skillnet; KPMG, Kuehne +Nagel, Science Foundation Ireland, SteriPack, and Teleflex Medical, as well as Silver Sponsors, Advant Medical, Aerogen, Creganna Medical Company/ TE Connectivity, Dolmen Design, First Polymer Skillnet Training, Ibec Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeships, Ibec Polymer Technology Apprenticeship, Connected Health Skillnet Nelipak Healthcare Packaging, PharmaLex, Smart Factory, and XMS Capital Partners.