Synecco named finalist in Tenth Medtech Excellence Awards 2016

Ibec’s Irish Medtech Association, in association with Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, today announced the finalists for the tenth Irish Medtech Excellence Awards. This event, along with the Irish Medtech CEO Forum, which takes place just before the Irish Medtech Awards, from 7-8 December, in the Raddisson Blu Galway, has been become the ‘must attend’ event for business leaders in the medtech industry with up to 500 attending.

This year’s finalists are: 

Medtech Company of the Year
Abbott Diagnostics Longford
AbbVie Ballytivnan

Emerging Company of the Year 
Zoan BioMed

Academic Contribution to Medtech
GMIT Galway Medical Engineering Technologies Centre

eHealth Innovation of the Year
ONCOassist – Portable Medical Technology
SilverCloud Health

Medtech Partner/Supplier of the Year
Trend Technologies Mullingar
Tech Group Europe (West)

Irish Medtech Association Director Sinead Keogh said: “Ireland’s medtech sector is innovating future healthcare and economic growth. The Irish Medtech Excellence Awards brings the industry together to learn from international best practice and celebrate the strength of the sector in Ireland. With medtech businesses in every constituency, it’s a major driver of regional growth. A survey conducted by RED C for the Irish Medtech Association showed that 28% of people know someone working in the sector. We expect this to grow and more jobs to be created with Ireland well placed to become a leader in connected health. The new eHealth Innovation Award recognises the huge opportunity this area presents for the medtech sector and the ongoing work by businesses here.

Enterprise Ireland Manager of Lifesciences Sector Market Department Deirdre Glenn, said: “”Enterprise Ireland’s focus is on helping companies to start, scale and innovate and this work is strongly reflected in Ireland’s medtech sector. The emergence and dynamic evolution of our own medtech industry is down to innovation, collaboration and the global ambition of our indigenous companies.  The recent launch of the Health Innovation Hub highlights the value of facilitating the commercialisation of new medtech technologies and solutions across the academic-clinical-industry interface. That’s why the Academic Contribution to Medtech category is a key part of these awards as it recognises leadership in innovation and we’re delighted to have such strong finalists for this award”.

IDA Ireland Head of Medical Technologies Michael Lohan said: “Ireland’s collaborative medtech community is part of what makes it a location of choice for foreign direct investment and for starting and sustaining a medtech business. Last year we saw €309 million in investment into the medtech industry in Ireland. This trend has continued over the past  twelve months with investment announcements from established clients including BD, Medtronic, Stryker and Fort Wayne Metal while first time investments were secured from Surmodics, Zeltiq and Fazzi Healthcare. The finalists for the Company of the Year, Emerging Company, and Partner/Supplier Awards highlight how Ireland has become a true global hub by growing both homegrown and foreign direct investment businesses.

You can find out more about the Irish Medtech Awards by visiting and the Irish Medtech CEO Forum by visiting