North American healthcare leaders look to Ireland to co-develop future healthcare solutions.

Enterprise Ireland hosted 15 leading and world-renowned healthcare providers from the USA and Canada at the inaugural North America Healthcare Forum this week in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, at which industry leaders met with over 100 Irish companies working across the healthcare solutions sector. The forum further positioned Ireland as a world-class source of innovative healthcare solutions.

At the forum, Kite Medical, Meditec Medical and RelateCare – three healthcare companies supported by Enterprise Ireland, the national export agency – announced major deals with Northwell Health (New York) and Lahey Hospital Medical Center (Massachusetts), with a cumulative value of over $580,000.

North American executives representing influential healthcare groups including Cleveland Clinic, Northwell Health, Adventist Health System Florida, Partners Healthcare and Lahey Hospital & Medical Centre, shared their insights on the key issues and critical success factors in the region. Irish healthcare companies used one-to-one access to clinicians and key decision makers in major health networks to gather valuable insights on the products and services that will be required in the North American market in the future.

Enterprise Ireland has over 200 exporting client companies within its life sciences cluster, with combined exports of over €1.7 billion.

Speaking at the forum, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD said: “The North America Healthcare Forum further confirms Ireland’s status as a global leader in healthcare. Ongoing collaboration and engagement with some of the world’s foremost healthcare providers gives Irish companies the opportunity to contribute to the health of patient populations around the world. The Government, through Enterprise Ireland, will continue to grow this collaboration for the benefit of all parties.”

Northwell Health and Enterprise Ireland partnership

Keynote speaker at the event Michael Dowling, President and CEO of Northwell Health, described the strategic partnership with Enterprise Ireland that supports Irish healthcare companies to develop and commercialise new medical technologies, secure joint ventures, and provide platforms that integrate with US healthcare companies.

Northwell Health is one of the leading healthcare providers on the east coast of the US, comprising 21 hospitals, 61,000 employees and nearly 14,000 affiliated physicians, providing healthcare to over 4 million people.

Dowling said, “Through our partnership with Enterprise Ireland, we have been able to pursue relationships with innovative Irish companies such as Salaso, Technopath, and i360, and we’re now exploring a relationship with Kite Medical and Meditec Medical.”

What makes these collaborations especially fruitful is that we’ll be able to commercialise these medical technologies to enhance the capabilities of other American healthcare providers. Ireland is a world-class source of innovative healthcare solutions and this event is of extreme importance to both stakeholders. It provides a platform to vocalise the challenges within the North American healthcare system with a view to working with Irish healthcare companies to identify future solutions.”

Collaborations between cutting-edge North American providers and Irish healthcare companies

Pat Breen TD, Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, who opened the conference, said:It is of huge significance that Enterprise Ireland has been able to secure the attendance of such a prestigious group of senior executives from North America. This is an endorsement not just of the work that Enterprise Ireland has done but also of the progressive measures the Irish Government has taken to support and encourage the life sciences sector. The partnerships already secured between cutting-edge healthcare providers and Irish healthcare solution companies have brought about significant mutual benefits and I would encourage all who have traveled here today to continue this process of relationship building.”

Deirdre Glenn, Director, Life sciences Sector, Enterprise Ireland said: “Through our expertise and overseas network, Enterprise Ireland is identifying opportunities for client companies in North America. Our focus is also to work with companies to drive their innovation and competitiveness and create companies of scale at an international level. Innovation is a key differentiator in achieving competitive advantage in North America. There are many great examples of Irish companies, such as those attending today who are competing and winning against global competition, through innovation and this fact is acknowledged in the caliber of the North American healthcare delegates attending the conference. Having world-class healthcare providers such as Northwell and the Lahey Hospital and Medical Centre enter into strategic partnerships with Irish companies is a great endorsement of what Ireland has to offer in healthcare provision and medical technology worldwide and we will continue to work to support our clients to further build on these relationships. Building on this, we have today announced that Enterprise Ireland has agreed on a strategic partnership with the Adventist Health System Florida.”