On November 3rd through 5th, Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Robert Troy visited New England to meet with Irish companies successfully working and sharing their innovations in the US. During his trip, the minister engaged with key business leaders to discuss how they use Irish innovation to transform the US marketplace.
The Minister began his U.S. trade visit in Boston where he started his day by speaking with representatives from New England-based healthcare providers and Irish companies operating locally to discuss the imperative role healthcare devices have played since the start of the pandemic. Further discussions included how companies are changing the healthcare experience for patients globally with products like injectables disposal bins, pressure-relieving mattresses, and innovative oncology medications. This included a roundtable discussion and meetings with the following companies:
- MassMEDIC, or the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council, advocates for sound public policy and works towards improving patients’ lives through medical technology.
- Meditec Medical, an Irish-owned medical technologies company, provides varying pressure relief surfaces for patients based on their risk level and setting.
- Boston Children’s Hospital improves the well-being and life quality of children through clinical care, biomedical research, medical education, and community engagement.
- PacSana, a digital technologies and wearables company, provides peace of mind through data on its users’ health and safety.
- Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, one of the world’s premier healthcare organizations, improves patients’ lives by advancing medical care through education and research.
- Mass General Brigham takes a leadership role in healthcare through research and discovery, teaching, patient care, and community involvement. In 2018, Mass General Brigham invested $205 million in community benefits.
- Shorla Pharma, an innovative oncology company from Ireland, improves patients’ lives by combining innovation, compassion, and first-in-class scientific research.
- EVERSANA provides a commercial services platform allowing for great client success, and ultimately, better solutions for patients in Ireland and at a global level.
- HealthBeacon, based in Dublin, creates sleek and easy-to-use products that help patients manage their medications.
- Visiting Nurse & Community Care puts compassionate and high-quality home health care first through a wide range of services, programs, and health plans.
After the roundtable, the Minister met individually with leaders from those companies and healthcare institutions to discuss.
While in Boston, the Minister also took part in an education roundtable alongside leading Irish universities University College Cork, University College Dublin, and Trinity College Dublin along with their US partners Northeastern University, Suffolk University, Boston College and Emerson College to discuss the mutually beneficial relationship between Irish and New England schools. Study abroad and exchange programs help young emerging leaders create relationships internationally and get a strong understanding of the innovations and opportunities other countries offer. The relationships built through Education in Ireland allow the 12,000 US students annually traveling to Ireland as well as Irish students to experience new cultures and an elevated educational experience through study abroad and exchange programs.
After Boston, Minister Troy concluded his travels with two days in New York, a city known for global enterprise and innovation. To kick off his visit, Troy led an Enterprise Ireland-hosted roundtable at the Building Energy Exchange with insights from APA Facade Systems centering around sustainable construction and incorporating new innovations into buildings across New York City and other major cities.
After the construction roundtable, the Minister then participated in fintech and cyber security roundtables to discuss the recent changes and innovations each sector has seen in response to the pandemic. At the cybersecurity roundtable, the Minister spoke with Edgescan and Germano Law about how cybersecurity has quickly become a high priority for many companies since valuable data continues to have an increasingly large online presence. At the financial technologies roundtable, the Minister spoke with Centaur Fund Services and Global Shares on dealing with the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic.
On Friday, November 5th, Minister Troy spoke at the Irish Consulate’s First Friday breakfast where he addressed the bright future for Irish companies and the Irish community as they continue to work and grow in New York and the US. After the breakfast, Troy met with Newswhip, a social media analytics company, to discuss the effects of unreliable media and how to combat this issue.
Lastly, Troy wrapped up his visit to the US and Canada with a visit to Northwell Health. Troy witnessed the official signing of the renewal of the agreement between Enterprise Ireland and Northwell Health that will continue to connect several leaders in the healthcare space to share ideas, collaborate, and produce the best solutions. Troy spoke with several leaders at Northwell Health and shared his appreciation for all the work they have done to save lives and create solutions that meet the challenges created by COVID-19.
These meetings spanned the healthcare, life sciences, digital technologies, education, financial services, and construction sectors to highlight the contribution Irish companies are making not just to the US market, but to the global production of efficient, innovative, and essential solutions. Enterprise Ireland’s support of the relationships between Irish leaders and US companies is proving to make a significant impact on the way countries respond to crises, provide enhanced solutions, and plan for the future.
To learn more about the Minister’s time in the US and get a look into the meetings and events mentioned above, please watch these videos;