Friday, 28 October 2011
Limerick, Ireland, Oct 28 2011 – Cook Medical’s valuable place among the business community in Limerick has been recognised by Limerick Chamber at the inaugural Limerick Region Business Awards with Cook Ireland winning Company of the Year and Best Foreign Direct Investment Company at the award ceremony on Friday, October 21.
Presented by Maria Hinfelaar, President of the Limerick Institute of Technology, the Company of the Year Award recognised 16 years of continuous manufacturing growth at Cook Medical, a strong record and commitment to research and development, and the establishment of a European Shared Services Centre that has ensured the Limerick plant has become an integral part of Cook’s global operations.
Attended by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, the Awards celebrate the successes of Limerick businesses from all sectors and company sizes, highlighting their business achievements, innovation and excellence.
Bill Doherty, Exec Vice President, EMEA Cook Medical says, “Winning the inaugural Limerick Region Company of the Year Award is a tremendous recognition of Cook Ireland’s collective effort of over the past 16 years to become a key part of Cook Medical’s global operations and a leading medical device company in the Limerick and the Mid-West region. Our development from a manufacturing and research and development operation to the establishment of a European Shared Services Centre has created exciting and stable job growth of which we are immensely proud and we look forward to continuing our expansion in the coming months and years.”
Kieran MacSweeney, President Limerick Chamber said, “Limerick Chamber are delighted to honour Cook Medical with two of our inaugural Limerick Region Business Awards – Best Foreign Direct Investment Company of the Year, and also as Overall Best Company of the Year. The awards are a recognition of Cook Medical’s growth, expansion and innovation at their Limerick plant, as well as their importance as a key employer and business leader in Limerick and the Mid-West Region.”
Established in Limerick in 1996, Cook Medical’s Irish operation has grown from eight employees to over 630, becoming one of the leading medical device employers in the country, accounting for more than 10% of Cook Medical’s output to global markets.
Cook Medical designs and manufactures specialist medical devices used for minimally invasive surgery. The devices are typically used by surgeons, consultant physicians and other specialised medical personnel to treat a wide range of medical problems from Peripheral Arterial Disease (the build-up of fatty deposits within the lining of the arteries), to kidney stone removal and IVF treatment.
Serving medical specialities such as Endoscopy, Women’s Health, Urology, Interventional Radiology and Peripheral Intervention, Cook Medical has brought many ground-breaking technologies and products to market including the Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Stent. A dedicated research and development team has built a strong relationship with local education institutions such as the University of Limerick, offering work experience opportunities and funding for collaborative research.
Cook Medical is recognised as one of the leading medical device companies operating in the country, which has now become a hub in Europe for the Med Tech industry. Cook is committed to continuing development of its Ireland operation based in Limerick, providing exciting, challenging and stable employment and further establishing Ireland’s stronghold in the European and Global marketplace.
About Cook Medical
Founded in 1963, Cook Medical pioneered many of the medical devices now commonly used to perform minimally invasive medical procedures throughout the body. Today, the company integrates medical devices, drugs and biologic grafts to enhance patient safety and improve clinical outcomes. Since its inception, Cook has operated as a family-held private corporation. For more information, visit www.cookmedical.com <http://www.cookmedical.com/>. Follow Cook Medical on Twitter @cookmedicalpr.
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