The future is healthy for home-grown medtechs

Ireland is leading the way in the global medtech sector - and there's a major focus on commercial growth, writes Elaine O'Regan.

13th April, 2013
Sharon Higgins, director of the Irish Medical Devices Association: said pioneers are well placed to attract overseas investors. Photo: Press 22

Healthy start-up activity in Ireland's medical devices sector is giving rise to a new breed of third-level spin-outs and collaborative enterprises with a keen commercial edge.

Of the 150 medtech companies based in Ireland, 100 are Irish-owned, according to Sharon Higgins, director of the Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA). She sees the sector as a leading light in the indigenous economy and key to Ireland's export potential.

Medtech exports exceeded €7.9 billion in 2012, up 10 per...

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