Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Arlene Foster, has announced that Belfast-based HeartSine Technologies has won a major contract to supply its Automated External Defibrillators to the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF).
Arlene Foster, who is in Singapore to support Northern Ireland companies taking part in the Singapore Air Show, said: “This tremendously important contract will see lifesaving technology pioneered in Northern Ireland used extensively in Singapore.
“Almost 2,000 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) have been purchased by Singapore’s Armed Forces. This means that every Singapore military camp will now have HeartSine defibrillators installed.
“HeartSine’s outstanding success in Singapore in a competitive tender process is a marvellous endorsement of the company and also of Northern Ireland as an international centre of excellence in emergency cardiac technology.
“This Belfast-based company has a superb track record in international markets and currently exports to 44 countries, with operating systems in more than 29 languages.”
Chief Executive of HeartSine Technologies, Declan O’Mahoney said: “This is a fantastic achievement for HeartSine, reflecting the worldwide recognition and extremely high quality of our defibrillators.
“There are almost 8,000 cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in Singapore each year, with over one thousand deaths reported in 2011. In fact, just six months ago, in a high profile case, a young Lance Corporal suffered SCA while training, and fortunately survived.
“While this is our largest contract in Singapore, we also have placed HeartSine devices in the Singapore Civil Defence Force, Singapore Parliament and the Ministry of Health.”
The HeartSine device is designed as a quick and effective response to SCA which occurs without warning and can happen to anybody anywhere.
In the event of SCA, the chance of survival using Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is around five per cent. However, this figure dramatically increases to 75% when CPR is combined with the use of a defibrillator.
Notes to editors:
1. HeartSine was co-founded by the late Professor John Anderson who, working in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast in the 1960s in a team brought together by clinician Dr. Frank Pantridge, led the work to develop technology that wouldn’t restrict the use of defibrillators to hospitals.
2. HeartSine defibrillators are deployed around the world including at the European Parliament Buildings in Brussels, in George Best Belfast City Airport, on board American Airlines aircraft and even at the White House.
3. Arlene Foster is leading a delegation of Northern Ireland companies who are taking part in the Singapore Airshow as part of the first ever UK and Ireland joint trade mission. UK Transport Minister and Ireland Jobs Minister Richard Bruton are also taking part in the joint mission.
4. While in Singapore, the Minister will also meet with and support other Northern Ireland companies seeking to develop business there and across other South East Asian markets.