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Boston Scientific transforms lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world.  As a global medical technology leader for more than 40 years, we advance science for life by providing a broad range of high-performance solutions that address unmet patient needs and reduce the cost of healthcare.

Freudenberg Medical is a global CMO / CDMO with 11 manufacturing operations and more than 1,500 associates worldwide. Manufacturing capabilities range from high precision molded components and medical tubing to drug coatings, finished devices, catheter shafts and hypotubes for minimally invasive, handheld, and catheter-based devices.  ISO 13485 certified quality systems and FDA registered sites are located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

VistaMed, a Freudenberg Medical joint venture company, is a leading CDMO providing complex extrusions, finished catheters and devices to the minimally invasive medical device industry. We specialise in providing design and manufacturing expertise (from concept development to finished product) for a wide variety of extrusion and catheter based medical devices

Working in partnership with Skillnets and our contracting organisation, the Irish Medtech Association (Ibec sector), the Irish Medtech Association Skillnet has over the past number of years grown substantially in direct response to the training needs of industry. Total expenditure (2008-2015) is over €4.2 million, with 40% contribution from member companies and the remaining 60% funded by the state. Targets of over 6,000 trainees and 30,000 training days have been achieved.

We shape the world of logistics with a strong determination to connect people and goods through innovative and sustainable logistics solutions. Every day, we go above and beyond to meet the needs of our customers. By anticipating challenges and applying our visionary mindset, we advance global trade and bring communities together.

We believe in contributing to the world around us and thus being a part of something greater. As a logistics partner, we see ourselves as part of the big picture, bringing people and communities all over the world closer together. That is why we dedicate our time to ensuring that people all over the world have access to what powers their businesses and lives, from technical components, medication and perishables to urgent spare parts for an aircraft.

Kuehne+Nagel is proud to be recognised as a leader in global logistics and rated most visionary in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Third-Party Logistics Providers. This recognition validates our approach to challenging the status quo and developing innovative solutions for our customers.

Teleflex is a global provider of medical technologies designed to improve the health and quality of people’s lives. We apply purpose driven innovation – a relentless pursuit of identifying unmet clinical needs – to benefit patients and healthcare providers. Our portfolio is diverse, with solutions in the fields of vascular access, interventional cardiology and radiology, anesthesia, emergency medicine, surgical, urology and respiratory care. Teleflex employees worldwide are united in the understanding that what we do every day makes a difference.

Teleflex is the home of Arrow®, Deknatel®, LMA®, Pilling®, QuikClot® ,Rüsch®, UroLift®, and Weck® – trusted brands united by a common sense of purpose.




Aerogen is synonymous with the effective treatment of respiratory illness among patient groups of all ages playing a critical role in emergency departments and intensive care units in over 75 countries worldwide.

Aerogen products play a critical role in hospital emergency, acute and critical care units worldwide. For more than 20 years our innovative drug delivery products have been achieving better outcomes for respiratory patients. Proven across all age groups, used by over 14 million patients, in over 75 countries. We continue to leverage our expertise, research, technologies and partnerships to make the greatest possible difference.

CIM creates innovative building analytics software that helps run large buildings at their peak performance. CIM’s flexible SaaS PEAK platform integrates building intelligence, machine learning and mechanical engineering to improve efficiency, sustainability and comfort across any building type.

CIM has a proven industry track record across many industries including; manufacturing sites, large real estate investment trusts, retail and property portfolios. Global fortune 500 companies partner with CIM to optimise & future proof their assets resulting in actionable data-driven insights on the operational performance of their sites.

In the healthcare and pharma industry, we understand that one size does not fit all. Whether you’re shipping medical devices, pharmaceuticals, lab samples or critical items such as vaccines, we know your customers depend on timely delivery of your products. We recognize that maintaining product integrity throughout the end-to-end supply chain is crucial to product efficacy as patients place their trust in your healthcare and pharmaceutical products. With DB Schenker life+, you can count on us to deliver for you – especially now.

We are an international product design and R&D partner. For the past 30 years we have helped companies develop market impactful, IP rich and award winning products across a number of sectors.

We work with multinationals, SME’s, entrepreneurs and research organisations to develop product solutions in the areas of MedTech, Pharma, Diagnostics, FMCG and Industrial. Our clients include: Boston Scientific, Hollister Inc, Palliare, Teleflex, Stryker, Cook Medical, Mylan, Mallinckrodt, BD, Randox, Spartha Medical, Bluedrop Medical, FoodMarble, Septec, Coroflo.

We validate concepts with users and develop test rigs; we generate proof of concept, design, prototype and DFMA to the point of manufacture using internationally recognised and ISO validated processes; we also help start-ups source their manufacturing supply chain. We are respected experts and IP generating in the area of dispense, deployment and delivery system innovation. We also have international experts on our team in the area of insights generation and validation.

We make ideas work.

First Polymer Training (FPT) Skillnet operates as an enterprise led training network for the Irish polymer industry and is funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. The network is in operation since 1999, initiated and promoted by Polymer Technology Ireland (Ibec). First Polymer Training’s objective is to provide subsidised technical training to industry, both at its technical training centre in Athlone or in-company as required. The centre in Athlone is a state of the art facility with a range of injection moulding machines, an extruder, a thermoformer and purpose built maintenance training boards.

First Polymer Training is the sole QQI validated provider of a range of polymer specific programmes and also works closely with Athlone and Sligo Institutes of Technology on delivering  3rd level polymer programmes for industry.

There are 140 companies currently in membership engaged in polymer processing,  across the MedTech, automotive, construction and electronics sectors.


The life sciences industry has had some tremendous achievements over the last year, in many cases, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. This pace of change, particularly for the medtech sector, is set to continue as disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality and 3D printing move centre stage in enabling further advancement of solutions within the industry.

KPMG’s Life Sciences team combines broad technical experience with deep industry knowledge to deliver issues-based support that is both timely and relevant.

With offices in Galway, Dublin Belfast and Cork, we have vast experience of working with a wide range of medtech clients, many of whom have chosen Ireland as a base for European expansion.

Our success is based on understanding the pressures faced when looking to set up a business in a new jurisdiction or indeed to ensure continued high performance at an existing site. We combine deep industry expertise with efficient support and advice across the complete range of audit, tax and advisory services. We provide a pragmatic and cost effective assessment of the key business issues including examining the most beneficial corporate and operating structures available; the potential for maximising taxation reliefs; fundraising, acquisition and sales of businesses, preparing for and dealing with cyber security threats, advice on employee remuneration issues together with ensuring that investors continue to receive timely, proactive and relevant advice and support.

The Covid-19 pandemic has inspired collaboration and co-operation on an unprecedented scale within the life sciences industry, and we look forward to continuing to support businesses in preparing for what’s next.

KPMG, Dockgate, Dock Road, Galway

Tel: 091 534600

In 2017 the Irish Medtech Association and Polymer Technology Ireland, the Ibec groups that represents the medtech and polymer sectors launched three new apprenticeships as part of the Department of Education and Skills wider national strategy. These include:

  • Manufacturing Technician Level 6 – 2 years
  • Manufacturing Engineer Level 7 – 3 years
  • Polymer Processing Technologist Level 7 – 3 years

These three new industry led apprenticeships are the fundamental building blocks to future proof the medtech and polymer sectors in Ireland as well as meeting the skill needs of the broader manufacturing industry and creating world class talent.

Every minute 120+ patients are treated with a TE technology. As partner of choice to the world’s leading medical technology brands, we specialize in the design and manufacturing of medical devices for interventional, surgical, imaging and sensor applications.

Building on our legacy of innovation TE Connectivity together with Creganna Medical offer a comprehensive range of outsourced solutions to medical device companies – from clinical and regulatory support to innovative design and reliable manufacturing services, partnering with our customers to advance medicine.

West is a leading provider of innovative, high-quality injectable solutions and services. As a trusted partner to established and emerging drug developers, West helps ensure the safe, effective containment and delivery of lifesaving, life-enhancing medicines for patients. With almost 10,000 team members across 50 sites worldwide, West helps support our customers by delivering over 40 billion components and devices each year.

West employs over a thousand team members across Ireland, including its manufacturing facilities in Waterford and Dublin, as well as a new Global Finance Center in Dublin.  The Waterford facility will supply millions of rubber vial stoppers to over a dozen global customers, that could be used to package over a billion vaccine doses in multi-dose vials, as part of the COVID-19 vaccine programme in 2021. West’s Dublin facility has 20 years of operations and sustained growth including high volume, complex device manufacturing. The Dublin team provides design, development and manufacturing services for pharmaceutical and medical technology customers.

With almost 100 years of experience and a reputation for leadership in quality, West is internationally recognised for its excellence in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical packaging and medical devices.

We believe in deep involvement and deep commitment, providing tailored expertise on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, capital raises, debt and equity alternatives, restructurings, valuation, shareholder value and capital structure to companies and institutions all over the world.

Our team has been designed as a continuum of talent — from our highly experienced managing directors to our talented lineup of young analysts and advisors. Our team works closely with you and your team, providing in-depth, analytically rigorous advice that puts the needs of stakeholders front and center.  Over their careers, our managing directors have carried out over $250 billion in transactions. They were seasoned at some of the world’s best bulge bracket firms and have helped hundreds of owners, CEOs and boards of directors navigate strategic opportunities.

Involvement Banking™ means ascending from the traditional role of transactional banker and earning our place as a trusted advisor. Our advice is independent, fully vetted, analyzed and explained. We won’t tell you what you want to hear, but what we believe you need to know, based on our analysis.

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