Theya Healthcare’s Ciara Donlon wins Laureate for Europe at Cartier Awards

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Ciara Donlon, founder and CEO of Theya Healthcare. Image: Cartier

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Latest achievement continues a proud tradition of Irish women winning at the Cartier Awards.

Theya Healthcare’s Ciara Donlon was last night named Laureate for Europe at the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards in Singapore.

Founded in 2015, Theya Healthcare designs and manufactures a post-surgery lingerie range, primarily for use by breast cancer patients, which is sold internationally.

‘I set up Theya Healthcare because I wanted to help women undergoing breast cancer treatment feel better about themselves and heal faster’
– CIARA DONLON

This is not the first time an Irish woman has been honoured at this event.

In 2013, Leonora O’Brien’s software company Pharmapod come out on top, overall, in the European leg of the 2017 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.The following year, Yvonne Brady’s EVB Sports Shorts saw her through to the finals.

In 2015, Beats Medical’s Ciara Clancy landed Ireland another European title at the event.

Making a world of difference

“I set up Theya Healthcare because I wanted to help women undergoing breast cancer treatment feel better about themselves and heal faster. For that to be acknowledged by an organisation like Cartier means a lot,” Donlon said in February, upon hearing the news that she was shortlisted.

Her achievement is quite spectacular when you think that close to 13,000 extraordinary women in a variety of fields noted for groundbreaking achievements were entered into the awards.

In all, there were 181 finalists selected from 46 countries.

In the European sector, Donlon battled 29 other projects from 30 countries, including four from Ireland.

Based at NovaUCD, Theya Healthcare uses a fabric mix made from bamboo, which it claims is “ideal for post-operative products” due to it being anti-bacterial, thermally regulating, 59pc more absorbent than cotton and extremely soft, thus reducing skin irritation.

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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