STAFF at medical technology firm Stryker are celebrating this week after winning a prestigious industry award.
Stryker, which employs over 500 people in the Raheen Industrial Estate in Limerick, received a silver award at the Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA) company of the year awards, which took place in Dublin over the weekend.
Stryker Ireland – which also has an operation in Cork – won a silver award at the annual ceremony. It was recognised for its surgical innovation centre, which focuses on the development of new medical technologies and procedural solutions.
The centre encapsulates a simulated operating room environment that enables collaboration with surgeons on the development of new surgical approaches, product concepts and procedural solutions.
One of the world’s top medical technology companies, Stryker offers orthopaedics, medical and surgical products which help improve patient and hospital outcomes. It has operations in 100 countries.
“Our team in Ireland has built considerable research and development capability to serve multiple market segments and has established a 17 year track record in the development and launch of new products,” said Spencer Stiles, president of Stryker’s instruments division.
“We are honoured to win this award, which comes at an exciting time as we expand our global footprint, and our ability to engage our European customers as we drive global growth.”
Meanwhile, staff at the University of Limerick’s department of mechanical, aeronautical and biomedical engineering were also left celebrating after receiving a prize recognising its contribution to medical technology.
Director of the IMDA Sinead Keogh added: “It’s been nearly a decade since we launched the awards and in that time the sector has prospered with the number of companies in Ireland rising to over 400 this year.
“Since the beginning of 2014, over 2,000 jobs have been announced in the sector. It’s vital that strategic sectors which drive regional growth are supported.”
As well as Stryker and the University of Limerick, there were also prizes for Abbott Diagnostic based in county Longford and AventaMed, Cork.
A special award for outstanding contribution to the medical technology sector was also given to former IDA chief executive Barry O’Leary.