To date InterTradeIreland has released over £5m in funding and supported 24 partnerships.
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Fresh mushroom producer
Tyholland, Co. Monaghan
Through InterTradeIreland’s Innova programme, Monaghan Mushrooms formed a strategic R&D partnership with McDon Peat Supplies in Dungannon. Together, they are looking at ways to optimise mushroom casing and compost raw material utilisation using microbial starter cultures. The project aims to increase mushroom production and quality while reducing unnecessary wastage from the production process.
Medical devices design and manufacture
Belfast, Co. Down
Belfast based medical devices company Intelesens were partnered with tele-health software firm Valentia Technologies in Dublin. Through Innova, they have developed an innovative heart monitoring device that is worn by a patient in the home to monitor vital life signs in real-time and transmit this information directly to the hospital, GP, care-worker or member of the family.
Pump and Waste Water Treatment specialists
Based in Greenbank Industrial Estate, Newry, FM Environmental provides specialist services to the pump and wastewater treatment industry and offers a comprehensive range of design, manufacturing, contracting andinstallation services for both the private and public sector. Through InterTradeIreland’s Innova programme, the company was partnered with Central Solutions in Limerick to develop a turnkey IT solution for wastewater treatment compliance monitoring and management.
The partnership provides the opportunity to combine Central Solutions extensive experience in the provision of data management solutions and their own track record in the design and deployment of wastewater treatment solutions for the water industry internationally.
Noel Mills, Commercial Director at FM Environmental Ltd said, “We are delighted with the fact that this partnership has taken off. This project involves developing an innovative Quality Management System for the Global Wastewater Industry and we are very excited about its prospects. Teaming up with Central Solutions is such a positive move as it has opened a door to a different skill base while providing a working relationship with a company that holds similar views to our own. InterTradeIreland’s practical assistance and financial support complements this project.”
Londonderry based Hunter Apparel started out in 1936 designing and manufacturing uniforms for their clients. In supplying uniforms for the healthcare, food and pharmaceutical sectors, they identified an opportunity to develop ‘smart’ uniforms to help reduce the spread of MRSA through uniforms which are a potential carrier of the virus.
Through InterTradeIreland’s Innova programme, the company was partnered with Itronik in Letterkenny to develop an innovative product which will not only monitor hand hygiene activity in hospitals and healthcare institutions, but will also help to combat MRSA and C Difficile. Initially the project was focused on the staff application of their product however the tags can also be used to monitor visitors to intensive care or isolation wards and so has both widespread and global potential.
Simon Hunter of Hunter Apparel said: “InterTradeIreland have been a hugely supportive organisation to deal with. We could not have developed our ‘Intelligent textile / hand hygiene system’ without their assistance and support. I am particularly impressed by InterTradeIreland’s continued and sustained interest in our progress post completion of the project.”
Based in Talbot Street, Belfast, Instil’s core business is writing software both as a service and in one-off bespoke solutions. As experts in their field, they also deliver training to other software organisations from the Far East to South America, as well as clients much closer to home.
Through InterTradeIreland’s Innova programme, they have partnered with Dundalk based IT firm Vennetics to develop a new internet based telephony service ‘Moozler’. ‘Moozler’ is a new kind of phone service for computers, which integrates with a users existing mobile phone service in a coherent way.
The web-based client combines the best of computer telephony, such as free video calls, with the best of mobile telephony, such as mobility and SMS.The product is in advanced stage of development but both firms have ambitions to take on Skype in the VoIP (Voice over IP) market in the coming years.
Dublin-based Biosensia came together with Marturion in Lisburn to develop a next generation point-of-care diagnostic tool which could take testing out of the laboratory and onto hospital wards and bedsides with the help of our Innova programme.
Our unique cross-border programme offered the companies an opportunity to accelerate new product,process or service developments through partnering with a company in the other jurisdiction.
Biosensia looked to circumnavigate the lab by producing immediate results from point-of-care testing. . It developed a product called RapiPlex which made fast and accurate diagnosis available to a wider array of medical and clinical professionals, it also has applications outside of the hospital or surgery – for example, it could be used by police forces to test for drugs, either in a station or in a roadside setting. Biosensia now has a fully-validated platform ready, and its efforts (like those of Marturion) have been hugely aided by being granted support from InterTradeIreland under its Innova fund.