Health


24
Mar 14

Family-Run Health-Food Firm Creates 25 Jobs

Kira Walton, (Voya), Bernie & Laura Butler (Good4U), Jane Chambers (Shells Café) and Mark Walton (Voya) at the launch of Swell Sligo in Strandhill.A Sligo-based, family-run health-food company is creating 25 new jobs over the next two years after securing funding of €1m.

Good4U secured the money from the Western Development Commission (WDC), the body set up to promote social and economic development in the western region, along with Enterprise Ireland, AIB, and internal investment from the company.

The firm said that the investment, combined with increased sales and new business opportunities, was facilitating the opening of new R&D and production headquarters in Finisklin Business Park in Sligo. Founded in 2004, Good4U is run by Bernie Butler and her daughters Laura, who serves as sales and marketing manager; and Michelle, a certified dietician and nutritionist; and son Karol, the firm’s financial controller.

The family have pioneered the development and marketing of a unique range of functional foods, including fresh, ready-to-eat sprouted seeds, wheatgrass products and roasted seed snacks and ingredients.

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16
Dec 13

Boost as 110 New Jobs Announced by Two Firms

Slainte HealthSheólogySlainte Healthcare and Sheology have revealed plans to hire 80 and 30 people respectively starting in the new year.

Slainte Healthcare will create 80 new jobs while Irish media outlet Sheology plans to launch 30 jobs in the coming year.

Slainte Healthcare, established in 2006, will create the new posts in software engineering, testing, business analysis, client administration, finance and marketing.

The company, which has its headquarters in Sandyford, Co Dublin, had already created 40 jobs in Ireland in the last year.

The healthcare firm currently employs over 90 people in Ireland, the Middle East, Australia and the UK.

Their product, Claimsure, is in operation in over 35 hospitals in Ireland and processes over €1 billion worth of health insurance claims every year.

Vitro, a new software launched by the healthcare group, allows hospitals to replace paper patient charts with electronic versions.

The system, which is in operation in hospitals in Australia and the Middle East, is now being piloted in Cork University Hospital.

Slainte Healthcare was nominated for Enterprise of the Year in the Business and Finance Enterprise of the Year Awards 2013.

Andrew Murphy, Chief Executive of Slainte Healthcare, said: “Our success is largely down to the fact that we relish solving seemingly intractable problems.

“Our aim is to understand at a very granular level the endemic issues in healthcare that we try to solve with our software.”

The news comes as Sheology announced 30 new jobs as part of an extension over the next three years.

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22
Nov 13

Health Technology Start-up Wins Inaugural UCD VentureLaunch Accelerator Award

Health technology start-up wins inaugural UCD VentureLaunch Accelerator Award Kinesis Health Technologies Ltd, a new health technology start-up company, has won the inaugural University College Dublin (UCD) VentureLaunch Accelerator Award and a €25,000 prize.

Kinesis Health Technologies has developed QTUG (Quantitative Timed Up and Go), a novel, patent-protected falls risk and mobility assessment technology, which can be used by a broad range of healthcare professionals to facilitate objective assessments of falls risk in older adults.

By using QTUG healthcare professionals can potentially improve healthcare utilisation, reduce healthcare costs and improve the quality of life of those at risk.

Kinesis Health Technologies plans to launch QTUG into the European (Ireland and the UK) and Northern American (US and Canada) markets in mid-2014 and plans to be employing 15 people by end 2016.

The founders of Kinesis Health Technologies Ltd are Seamus Small, Dr Barry Greene, UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science and Bill Bollengier who is based in the US. 

Kinesis is a spin-out company that has emerged from internationally peer-reviewed research carried out over the last six years in the TRIL (Technology Research for Independent Living) Centre at UCD.

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22
Oct 13

Randox to Create 30 New Jobs in Donegal

Dr Peter Fitzgerald, managing director Randox Laboratories said the new trade agreement was a matter of “great pride” for the firm. Photograph: Cyril Byrne Company secured €8m deal with healthcare company in Mexico.

Randox Laboratories, the Northern Ireland-headquartered, clinical diagnostics company, is to create 30 new production jobs at its Donegal subsidiary Randox Teoranta after securing an €8 million deal with a healthcare company in Mexico.

The trade agreement between Randox Teoranta and Central de Diagnostica e Industria, will be signed today at the Palacio Nacional, the headquarters of Mexico’s executive government, and will be witnessed by the Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto and President Michael D Higgins. Randox established its Donegal manufacturing and research facility, which produces the company’s clinical chemistry analysers and biochip technology, in Dungloe in 2008.

The new trade agreement between Randox and Central de Diagnostica e Industria will result in Randox pioneering laboratory products being delivered to clinics and hospitals across Mexico over the next two years.

The Mexican company said the partnership with Randox directly supports 65 jobs and will generate a further 20 new jobs.

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5
Sep 13

Fitness Franchise Plans to Expand & Create 105 Jobs.

LEITRIM-based fitness franchise LEITRIM-based fitness franchise Sasta Fitness will open 20 new outlets will open 20 new outlets in Ireland over the next 18 months, creating 105 jobs.

The company is looking for fitness trainers, marketing, sales and administrative support staff.

The business is based around a special treadmill-based fitness pod, which uses vacuum technology, as well as one-to-one coaching.

Its makers claim it is four times more effective than regular exercise.

The patented pods are manufactured in Boyle, Co Roscommon.

Sasta, launched last September, currently runs five franchises in Ireland – in Athlone, Carrick-on-Shannon, Cavan, Naas and Sligo.

The first 25 new jobs will be created by March next year when the next five outlets are opened in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Mayo and Limerick.

The company also intends to expand into the UK in 2014 with 10 new outlets.

“I am so excited about the potential of our Irish-made Sasta Fitness product, which has taken more than three years to develop at a cost of more than €1m.

“We’ve had huge interest from people who want to take up our franchise opportunity. It is simple to operate, has low running costs, excellent margins and high return,” said founder and former accountant Fiona Egan.

Ms Egan said it was the right time to expand the business in light of awareness about obesity and the importance of exercise, and said Irish people spent €330m a year getting fit and losing weight.

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27
Aug 13

More than 250 Job Vacancies in Irish Nursing Homes-NHI.

More than 250 job vacancies in Irish nursing homes - NHIThere are currently 256 vacancies ready to be filled in nursing homes in Ireland, according to the representative body for the private and voluntary nursing homes sector Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI).

The announcement is being made to coincide with Nursing Homes Week 2013, which is focusing on the innovative practices that are employed by nursing homes in healthcare delivery.

It will also highlight the role private and voluntary nursing homes play in creating and facilitating jobs in communities across Ireland.

Tadhg Daly, CEO of NHI, said: “These 256 jobs which are currently available only represent the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the job creation potential in the private and voluntary nursing homes sector.

“Between 2003 and 2009 the sector expanded capacity by over 7,000 places. The ESRI forecasts the need for an additional 13,000 plus residential long-term care places to meet demand up to 2021.

“With a clearly defined and Department of Health coordinated strategy for the sector, this number could expand at a rate of 900 new jobs per annum or up to 10,000 additional new jobs over the next 10 years.”

NHI has over 350 members in Ireland employing 22,000 staff. The survey was of 103 members across the country.

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16
Jul 13

Nypro to Create 300 Jobs in Ireland.

Medical device manufacturer Nypro Inc. is in the throes of establishing a 60 million euro facility in Waterford, Ireland, that will create 200 new jobs.

The site which will manufacture respiratory and injection devices for healthcare customers, is expected to start production in April 2014.

The firm’s Bray, Ireland, facility, which supplies final packaging and assembly of drugs into the device, is also set to roll-out 100 jobs in the next 18 months, taking its workforce from 360-460 employees.

Chris Nother, vice-president, business development for Nypro Healthcare, told PRW that the company had selected Waterford to site its facility as it has a well-trained workforce.

“We have a great relationship with the Waterford Institute of Technology, which will support us with technicians and engineers. Foras Áiseanna Saothair (FAS) the Irish Training Alliance can provide us with general employees.”

Kevin McClannon, director of programs and engineering for Nypro Healthcare Europe, added that energy efficiency will be a key feature the 200,000 square Waterford plant. “We are installing rainwater harvesting and solar panels. We have worked with Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) in order to develop more energy efficient cleanrooms, resulting in over 20 percent in energy savings.”

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28
Jun 13

Irish start-up SilverCloud Health raises €1.5m to target global e-therapy market.

Irish start-up SilverCloud Health raises €1.5m to target global e-therapy market

From left: Leo Hamill, partner at Investec Ventures; James Bligh, co-founder and CTO at SilverCloud, and Ken Cahill, co-founder and CEO at SilverCloud

Irish health-tech start-up SilverCloud Health has secured €1.5m of new equity funding that will be used to ramp up its growth strategies, company co-founder Ken Cahill said.

 Last October, when Siliconrepublic.com featured SilverCloud Health in our ‘One to Watch’ series, Cahill spoke about the company’s plans to disrupt the online health and wellness space with its new e-therapy platform, especially in areas such as depression and chronic illness.

Today, the €1.5m investment in SilverCloud Health is being led by the Ulster Bank Diageo Venture Fund, managed by Investec Ventures, with co-investment from the AIB Seed Capital Fund, managed by Dublin Business Innovation Centre (DBIC), and Enterprise Ireland.

It helps that, last year, SilverCloud was named as the ‘Most Investable Business in Ireland’ by the Irish Software Association and Irish Venture Capital Association. SilverCloud also secured funding from Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund in early 2012.

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4
Jun 13

Irish start-up secures €300k to develop online programme for eating disorders.

Irish start-up secures €300k to develop online programme for eating disorders

Pictured, from left: Joey Mason, Delta Partners; Emma Murphy, founder, The Turning Institute; and Donal Duffy, Bank of Ireland

Online mental health platform The Turning Institute has secured €300,000 to develop a 12-week programme for people with bulimia and binge-eating disorders.

The Turning Institute, which was founded by the psychotherapist Emma Murphy, obtained the funding via the Bank of Ireland Start-up and Emerging Sectors Fund and Enterprise Ireland in a deal managed by Delta Partners.

Murphy, who specialises in eating disorders, is also the founder of Sandyford Wellness Clinic.

She will use the funding to launch a 12-week, video-based programme for people with bulimia and binge-eating disorders. Murphy has devised the programme, which will feature on the new website ChangePanda.com.

She came up with the idea for the online programme through her work with those with eating disorders.

About two years ago, Murphy had two clients who started at the same time: a 40-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man. Both of her clients had been struggling with bulimia for more than 20 years.

“This prompted me to design a programme that could be accessed safely and confidentially online so sufferers could access help sooner rather than later,” she said. The Turning Institute also received funding from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland last year.

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1
Jun 13

HealthXL global event in Dublin features seven revolutionary start-ups.

HealthXL global event in Dublin features seven revolutionary start-ups

Martin Kelly, founding partner, HealthXL and venture partner IBM with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Peter O’Neill, IBM country general manager.

Seven healthcare start-ups from around the world pitched next generation technologies with the aim of securing investment at the HealthXL Dublin Global Gathering Investor Day in Trinity Biomedical Building in Dublin yesterday.

The entrepreneurs came from Finland, the US, Australia, Ghana, Canada and Ireland and pitched to angel investors including Silicon Valley Banks and Delta Partners as well as HealthXL mentors and the start-up community.

The two start-ups from Ireland were Sense of Skin, a technology-enabled programme to help people with sensitive skin to avoid unsuitable health and beauty products and Nutritics, a tracking and analysis programme for diet and nutrition.

As part of the event, HealthXL announced Silicon Valley Bank is to invite all HealthXL teams for intensive investment trip to US HQ in Napa Valley.

The first HealthXL Dublin programme, which started earlier this year, is supported by a network of investors, entrepreneurs and sponsors spanning the globe.

The global team selects thought leaders with the aim of helping to create and nurture innovative ideas and technologies to transform the world’s healthcare systems.

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