Posted on Tuesday 8 July 2014 by Ulster Business

Defibrillator maker creates 40 jobs to help double sales

Pictured with Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster is Declan O’Mahoney, CEO of HeartSine Technologies and (left) Shauna Heggarty and (right) Eileen Ervin. Picture: Michael Cooper

A Belfast company is in the process of taking on 40 new staff to help double sales of its portable defibrillator in the next three years.

HeartSine Technologies already sells the lifesaving devices – originally developed by Northern Ireland doctor Professor  Frank Pantridge nearly 50 years ago - to over 70 countries across the world but has its sights set new and existing markets.

“Our objective is to strengthen our workforce in Belfast so that we can double sales of our existing product portfolio in our target markets over the next three years,” Declan O’Mahoney, CEO of HeartSine Technologies said. “Invest NI’s support has been crucial in enabling us to recruit the staff needed to develop our export strategy.

“Our newly-expanded offices will provide much needed extra production space to ensure the output keeps up with customer demand.”

Invest NI has offered HeartSine £360,000 of support toward the creation of the new jobs, 15 of which are already in place. The positions include senior management, sales, manufacturing, new product development, research and development, quality and customer support roles.

Dr Pantridge was one of the pioneers of The Belfast Protocol in the 1960s to treat cardiac arrest, a practise which is still used around the world today and which involves administering defibrillation and CPR on patients as quickly as possible after the event and before getting to hospital.

Along with the late Professor John Anderson he developed the portable defibrillator which initially weighed 70kg and placed in a special ambulance manned by a specialist team of medics. The 1967 vehicle, along with Professor Jennifer Adgey who was one of the physicians on the ambulance in its early days and is now a clinical advisor to Heartsine, were present at the jobs announcement.

The 40 new jobs will contribute around £1.3m a year in salaries to the economy, a figure which works out at an average salary of over £32,000 a year.

Enterprise minister Arlene Foster said the announcement helped solidify the sector’s growing reputation.

“Life Sciences is one of Northern Ireland’s fastest developing business sectors and it is encouraging to see companies such as HeartSine investing in growing its operations here.”

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