Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster Praises HeartSine on 60 Percent Middle East Sales Growth

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster pictured with Heartsine CEO Declan O’Mahoney. Photo courtesy of News Letter news publication.

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has praised HeartSine on the 60 percent sales growth of its automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the Middle East this past year.

The Minister congratulated HeartSine and stated that the company’s impressive increase in AED sales in the Middle East region is a good example of what Northern Ireland companies can achieve in what is a growing export market. “This is a tremendous success story involving one of Northern Ireland’s most innovative and globally-focused technology enterprises in life sciences,” she said.

Declan O’Mahoney, HeartSine’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our fast growth in the Middle East is the result of a strategic decision to focus resources on developing markets such as the United Arab Emirates, a focus which is producing business across a range of sectors and locations.

“Many governments, particularly in the Gulf, are investing substantial amounts on health provision including cardiac services and especially emergency care technology. Our standing as the only manufacturer of AEDs in the UK and Ireland and heritage in pioneering the lifesaving technology with the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast are important marketing advantages,” he said.

“HeartSine has identified significant opportunities in this dynamic region from the substantial investments being made by health authorities to tackle cardiac conditions including Sudden Cardiac Arrest and has deployed the necessary resources to strengthen its existing base there,” said the Minister.

HeartSine was founded in 1998 to continue innovative development of advanced lifesaving products for the treatment of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Our passion to innovate began in 1967, when we invented the first mobile defibrillator and changed the way the world delivered emergency care.

HeartSine AED products are currently available in 29 languages and are saving lives in more than 40 countries.

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