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Galway company is exporter of the year

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Winner...Aerogen CEO John Power.

A Galway-headquartered medical device company and drug delivery product innovator has won the award for Exporter of the Year at the annual Export Industry Awards.

Aerogen was recognised for exporting 99% of its multi-award winning products in 2014 and achieving 30% growth in exports year on year since 2008.

The company’s products are now used in hospitals in over 70 countries worldwide, providing optimum care to the most critical patients from pre-term babies to adults.

Aerogen was chosen from eleven overall winners of individual categories at the awards ceremony, which took place in the Convention Centre, Dublin last Friday, after winning the award for Life Sciences Exporter of the Year.

The Export Industry Awards recognise emerging exporters as well as established indigenous exporters of manufactured goods and services across all sectors.

Since 2011, Aerogen has more than doubled its commercial export team including senior hires as a General Manager of the Americas, a Commercial Director in Ireland, a Sales Director for China and Sales Managers in France, the UK and Germany. In 2013 and 2014, the company further expanded its global presence opening offices in Beijing, China and Chicago, US.

Aerogen’s growth in its exports division can largely be attributed to the introduction in 2010 of the Aerogen Solo II core technology, which has transformed the standard of care in Intensive Care Units worldwide.

This advanced aerosol generation system allows liquid drugs to be absorbed through the lungs by creating a fine particle mist which gently flows through patients’ airways coating all sections of the lungs.

The human lungs have traditionally posed a challenge for nebulisation (aerosol treatment) as they have a huge surface area, approximately the size of a tennis court, where drugs must reach to effectively deliver medication.

Aerogen technology creates a uniquely consistent and small droplet size of just 3.4 microns – one tenth the size of a human hair in diameter, which enables deep lung deposition of drugs and optimises medication delivery.

“We’re very honoured to receive these prestigious awards,” said Aerogen CEO John Power.

“Our export market has been the core of Aerogen’s growth since the company’s management buy-out in 2008. Over this time we have significantly grown our exports division and we are proud to see our products being used in hospitals worldwide.

“As the growth of Aerogen continues, we will leverage our technology platform and grow beyond the ICU into other sections of the hospital, including wards, the emergency room and homecare,” he added.

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GMIT conferring for employees as best in class

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Seventeen employees from manufacturing engineering companies all over Ireland will be conferred with GMIT’s first ever professional apprenticeship award at an online ceremony hosted by GMIT and Ibec next week.

Conferrings for the Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering will take place remotely next Thursday, March 4.

The GMIT group are among 37 professional apprentices nationwide to recently complete their three-year programme, developed by Ibec’s Irish Medtech Association and GMIT, together with representatives from the medical technology sector.

This first group of apprentices includes many students who were long-time employees of their companies and who were identified as having the potential to develop on Technician and Engineer career paths.

Galway-based companies involved include Cambus Medical, Creganna, Merit Medical, Synecco, M&M Qualtech and MSA Safety.

In a follow-up to this, GMIT and Ibec will then host a free online Employer Briefing on March 24 from 11am to 12 noon, providing up to date information on this Engineering Apprenticeship programme, funding, and other supports to help upskill existing employees or take on promising school-leaver apprentices.

The online briefing will provide information on the Government grants scheme (€3,000 grant per apprentice) which will expire on June 30.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Top award for Galway firm

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Pat O’Donnell

A recruitment company co-founded by a Galway man, with offices in Headford and Dublin, was one of the big winners at the ninth Chambers Ireland National InBUSINESS Recognition Awards.
Galway executive search firm, Principal Connections, was named Best Executive Recruitment Firm at the 2020 awards, which took place later than usual this year, at the end of last month.
Principal Connections – the Irish office of Agilium Worldwide LLC with offices in Headford and Dublin 4 – was co-founded by Galway native Pat O’Donnell and ‘Female Business Leader of the Year’ Hilarie Geary.
Mr O’Donnell was delighted with the company’s achievement. “As a senior executive and board search firm, Principal Connections is in a privileged position. Each day we work towards appointing many of the senior executives and board directors who drive Irish business,” he said.
“To be recognised for excellence in this endeavour, I feel truly honoured and especially delighted to accept this prestigious award,” he added.
This year’s winners were selected from across 19 distinct categories based on the criteria of: ‘resilience’, ‘exceptional performance’ and their response to the ‘adversity’ presented by 2020.

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US software provider selects industry veteran to lead European HQ

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Ruairí Conroy..Diligent’s Site Lead.

A US software provider – at the cutting edge of assisting multi-nationals in the area of corporate governance – has announced the appointment of an industry veteran to head up their new European Hub, based in Galway.

Ruairí Conroy, who has been appointed as Site Lead, will oversee Diligent’s European Hub – including recruitment, department integration, business operations and facilities.

Most recently he served as the Senior Vice President of Inside Sales at SiteMinder, a cloud platform for hotels, where he was responsible for recruiting and expanding operations at the Galway site.

Last November, Diligent announced plans to create more than 200 local jobs in Galway across several business functions – including customer support, customer success, finance, product, HR and marketing.

The Corporation, described as a leading modern governance company with a platform used by nearly 700,000 board directors and leaders, is headquartered in New York City.

Reacting to his appointment Ruairí Conroy said that Diligent’s commitment to growing in Galway – engaging with the community and building a top-performing workforce – was what really drew him in.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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