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A Cork medical device company wins The Irish Times Innovation Award - Members' News - Week 13 - 2022

Mar 28, 2022, by Fionnuala Malone - Category: Members' News

Welcome to GS1 Ireland members' news for week 13 2022. This week, a Cork medical device company wins The Irish Times Innovation Award. Read on for more.

PMD Solutions wins Irish Times Innovation Award

PMD Solutions was this week announced as the overall winner of the Irish Times Innovation Award for 2022. The company also took the top award in the Life Sciences & Healthcare category for RespiraSense, "a continuous, motion-tolerant respiratory monitoring device that can detect a change in a patient’s breathing before it becomes a problem". The potential of the device was realised during the pandemic as it allowed for remote monitoring of groups of hospital patients without the need for individual contact by pressured health care staff. The idea for the device was sparked back in 2009 while founder Myles Murray was in college studying mechanical engineering at Cork IT. He set out to tackle the problem of patients presenting with unstable respiratory rates for his final year project. The device that was developed can continuously monitor patients and alert healthcare staff to changes in their rate of respiration hours before these changes would typically be picked up by a visual check, which is the current global standard of care.  

This information came from The Irish Times.

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IMAGE PwC Businesswoman of the Year 2022 Awards shortlist is announced

The shortlist for The IMAGE PwC Businesswoman of the Year 2022 Awards has been announced and there are many GS1 Ireland members among them. The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 20, at The Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road. After a two-year break, the awards received a total of 530 applications. Below are the GS1 Ireland members who made the shortlist.

CEO of the Year

Bernie Wright, CEO, Wrights of Howth

Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Caoimhe de Barra, CEO, Trócaire

Management Professional of the Year

Debbie Byrne, managing director, An Post Retail

Start-up of the Year

Denise Kenny Byrne, CEO and co-founder, The Head Plan

Niamh Dooley, CEO, BiaSol

Nicki Hoyne, founder, Nicki Hoyne Collection

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Laura McCarthy, CEO, Drink Botanicals Ireland

Entrepreneur of the Year

Dr Lisa Creaven and Dr Vanessa Creaven, CEOs, directors and co-founders, Spotlight Oral Care

Dr Nora Khaldi, founder and CEO, Nuritas

Laura M Bonner, founder and CEO, The Muff Liquor Company

Sharon Keegan, founder and CEO, Peachylean

Sari Winckworth, co-founder, White & Green

This information came from Image Magazine.

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New Members this week at GS1 Ireland

The companies below joined GS1 Ireland since our last Members News. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome them to the GS1 Ireland community.

IEMC Limited 

Virginia Health Food Co. 

Lawnmower Parts Online - "Lawnmower Parts Online is an Irish owned company, our goal is to provide a one-stop shop for parts and service kits for all your garden machinery." 

ProBox - "Trendsetting Smoothies & Snacks that are All-fresh, All-natural, & All-good— straight from our Laboratory of Flavor"

Winners of the Guaranteed Irish Business Awards announced

The winners of the inaugural Guaranteed Irish Business Awards were announced on Thursday, the 24th of March at The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. The awards recognise Irish businesses that support jobs, are committed to local communities and contribute to Ireland, its people, and its economy. An independent panel of judges shortlisted 50 finalists from hundreds of entries and four GS1 Ireland members were among the winners, listed below.

Pharmaceutical & Healthcare – Multinational: Janssen Ireland

Technology - SME or Multinational Company based in Ireland: Kelsius

Food & Beverage - Food Academy Award: Clintons Crisps

Food & Beverage - Beverage Supplier or Producer: Hope Beer

This information came from Business Plus and Donegal Daily.

You can now blend your own bottle of whiskey

Tullamore D.E.W. has recently introduced a new invention that will allow visitors to its distillery experience to blend and bottle their own whiskey.  The new 'Be the Blender' activity is the first of its kind and allows people to create their own signature blend, complete with their name on the bottle, to then buy and take away. For more information or to book the experience, see the Tullamore D.E.W. website.

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Irish whiskey sweeps the board at the World Whiskies Awards

The winners of the World Whiskies Awards were announced at a ceremony in London on the night of the 24th of March. The annual event is hosted by Whiskey Magazine. Many GS1 Ireland members were among the winners, including those listed below. Congratulations to all of the winners.

Irish winners included:

  • World’s Best Pot Still Whiskey: Teeling Wonder of Wood Single Pot Still, Teeling Distillery, Dublin.
  • World’s Best Grain Whiskey: The Whistler Mosaic Marsala Cask, Boann Distillery, Co. Meath.
  • World’s Best Master Distiller: Kevin O’Gorman, Master Distiller, Midleton Distillery/Irish Distillers.
  • World’s Best Whiskey Visitor Attraction Manager: Ewan Paterson, Visitor Centre Manager, Clonakilty Distillery, Co. Cork.

This information came form FFT Magazine.

That's it for this week, be sure to come back next week for more news from GS1 Ireland members around the country. If you are a GS1 Ireland member and you have some news you would like to share, please get in touch at, we would love to hear from you.

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