Plassey firm take company of the year award

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

BOSSES at a high-tech Plassey firm are celebrating after scooping a prestigious medi-tech award.

BOSSES at a high-tech Plassey firm are celebrating after scooping a prestigious medi-tech award.

Cook Medical, based in the National Technology Park, won the Irish Medical Technology Company of the Year award at the annual Medical Technology Industry Excellence Awards, which took place in the Strand Hotel.

Established in Ireland in 1996, Cook Medical employs close to 600 people in Limerick. It designs and manufactures specialist medical devices used for minimally invasive surgery by radiologists, vascular surgeons, urologists and encoscopists.

At the awards, the firm was recognised for adopting a business model which saw Cook Medical up-skill its manufacturing and increasing the output of its medical production.

Speaking after picking up the prize, Bill Doherty, executive vice president of Cook Medical said: “This is a tremendous recognition of Cook Ireland’s leading role in the global production of the Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Stent. The Limerick plant has embraced the challenge of manufacturing a Combination Class III device and now exports this innovative and sometimes life-changing product to nearly 40 countries worldwide.”

Stryker, based in the Raheen Business Park, was also highly commended at the awards ceremony, which is hosted by Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and IBEC.

Dave Shanahan, of the IDA said: “The high standard of entries received for this year’s awards reflects the standard at which Ireland is leading the field globally in terms of innovation. Collectively the industry in Ireland is seeing significant growth and this in turn is attracting inward investment and creating jobs.”