Shannon Company among 18 Irish Companies to accompany Minister Breen on first Life Science Trade Mission to the United States.

September 21st, 2016 - Pat Breen

Modular Automation in Shannon is among the 18 Irish companies to join the Minister for Employment and Small Businesses, Pat Breen, as part of Irelands first Life Science Trade Mission to the United States, which began on Sunday last, September 18, 2016.

The Minister of State is leading the five day Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota, one of the largest medtech clusters in the United States.

A total of 18 Irish life sciences companies are participating in the mission which aims to highlight Ireland as a key hub for innovative life sciences solutions and to explore business and research opportunities in the Twin Cities area where approximately 700 medtech companies are based.

Among the companies travelling with the Minister are three Galway companies including Medtronics which employs more than 3,000 workers including a large number of people from Clare, and Modular Automation from the Minister’s home county of Clare.

The Shannon company designs, builds and tests highly complex machines for medical device companies.

“Modular Automation is an Irish company that has built a strong reputation among its international clients since its formation in 1986. This company designs, builds and controls automated equipment for some of the world’s largest and most reputable medical device and life science companies,” said Minister Breen.

“It is an example of an Irish company that is providing a high quality product and service in the medtech area. I believe this experience and expertise, coupled with its access to Shannon International Airport, will be attractive to medtech companies here in Minnesota,” added the Clare TD.

“There is a wealth of talent and investment in medtech in Minnesota and Enterprise Ireland’s Trade Mission programme includes many other world class organisations such as Boston Scientific, Medtronic and Mayo Clinic. My aim is to increase engagement with local companies in the Twin Cities region and build upon our world-class reputation as a centre of excellence in manufacturing, and product and service development.”

Kevin Sherry, Executive Director Global Business Development, Enterprise Ireland said, “A priority for Enterprise Ireland is to ensure that companies start, scale and innovate, and Ireland’s life sciences sector truly reflects how well this is working. The triumph of the sector is not just down to the country being recognised globally as a leading manufacturing hub for medical technologies — it’s also down to the sector embracing innovation and collaboration as vital to its success. This Trade Mission to the Twin Cities is an enormous opportunity for further developing productive relationships and partnerships between indigenous and multinational enterprises that will enhance and grow this dynamic sector for the future”.

Of the 18 companies travelling, five are Sub-Supply (SS) companies and 13 are in the Finished Devices (FD) category. SS companies have a service that they can provide to medical device manufacturers while FD have a finished product to sell to medical device companies and healthcare providers.

A number of these companies will also attend the Medical Design and Manufacturing Conference in Minneapolis on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September. The conference is described as the Medtech innovation, communication and solution epicentre of the Midwest and will have over 600 exhibitors and 5,000 industry professionals in attendance.