CardioTech Healthcare Ltd, is a Galway based company, founded by Deirdre O’Dwyer Veerasingam and her husband. Their core business is to promote innovative devices that help to improve the detection and management of Cardiovascular diseases. Their flagship products are two non-invasive (PC enabled) diagnostic cardio-vascular devices called:
- The VASCULAR EXPLORER: comprehensive examinations of central and peripheral blood vessels and risk stratification of cardio vascular diseases.
- The CARDIOLOGIC EXPLORER: diagnosing ischemic heart diseases in 12 seconds.
When asked what inspired Deirdre to start her own business she replied:
“My inspiration for CardioTech stemmed from a desire to use my skills as a healthcare professional in addition to my knowledge of Clinical Applications in healthcare setting, and put this all to another use. Furthermore, by applying the skills I have, CardioTech now assists with the overall improvement of detection, treatment and management of Cardiovascular diseases”.
In the first place, Galway is leading the pack in the Med-Tech industry; it is a no-brainer that CardioTech is based in Gawlay. Not to mention, with a background in Cardiac Nursing and Clinical Information Management Systems, Deirdre has ensured CardioTech has gotten off to a strong start.
All products are currently made in Germany, with CE certification, and are sourced directly from the manufacturer. CardioTech is compliant with Irish and European regulations for the distribution and sale of the products in Ireland.
CardioTech’s primary target market is, of course:
- Primary Care Practitioners
- Medical research entities
- Health Insurance companies delivering a Health Screening Programme
Deirdre and her husband have long range goals to expand the company to cover wider regions with untapped markets. Equally important to the dynamic duo, would be the setting up of a health screening clinic using their devices, with a medical practitioners report output.
We asked Deirdre how she felt the Empower Programme has helped her on this journey:
“The Empower Programme has helped me acquire the relevant skills I need to run my own business. The course instills the importance of group/team work and networking, applying principles of critical thinking, problem solving, and sharing. The lecturers are engaging, covering topics such as:
- Lean Canvas
- Market Research
- Funding Sources
- Data Protection
I have more confidence in my ability to structure CardioTech and position it in the marketplace. Over the course of 12 months, while participating in the Empower Programme, I came to appreciate the continued and unique collegiality developed with fellow participants. Equally, the closed discussion forum, where we discuss our progress or barriers, is an excellent platform of support for each other. In the same fashion, I continue to avail of free (or partially subsidized) courses from GMIT i-Hub, plus the Local Enterprise Office and Inter-Trade Ireland supports for SMEs“.
Of course we at Empower are looking forward to seeing where the future takes you Deirdre!
This project is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.