BlueBridge’s HSE idea shortlisted

30 Jun 2010

Three-year-old firm BlueBridge Technologies (BBT) has been shortlisted to the last 20 in the ‘Your Country, Your Call’ competition for its idea to commercialise ideas from people within the Health Services Executive (HSE).

BBT provides integrated product development services from initial project direction through to support for product industrialisation. The BBT team of engineers, scientists and industrial engineers work with local and international companies with a need to outsource product or technology development and avail of expertise not present in-house.

The company’s ‘Your Country Your Call’ entry, entitled ‘The Ideas Factory’, grew from the collective experience of the BlueBridge team – led by Dr Roger McMorrow of St Vincent’s Hospital and Dr Jim Robert, NHS London – which have worked together on a multinational project that has resulted in 15 patents.

The team recognised the rich source of potential within the HSE for generation of intellectual property but saw no clear process for harnessing and exploiting it.

Their entry, if finally chosen, will result in the creation of many Irish jobs, the generation of a revenue stream for the new company and the positioning of Ireland as a world leader in the design and development of medical devices and healthcare products, according to managing director Garret Coady.

“We have been innovating and developing new viable products for our clients for many years and we are now delighted to see this process emulated on a wider scale for the country,” he said. “We have seen a mass of talent and energy from within the HSE which is an unexploited national resource.”

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