“Arriving into the office the following morning, with the award in hand, was a powerful feeling…”

CMC Hygea share their experience of winning the IMSTA Best Primary Care/ Community Service Award at 2016’s IMSTA’s for their product LUCA (Leg Ulcer Cleaning Aid) sponsored by MANGAN O’BEIRNE, Solicitors.IMSTA Awards at Croke Park 6th Oct: Tony McGahon and Michael Malone from CMC Hygea accepts the award for Best Primary Care/Community Care Service Award from Alan Wallace Partner at Mangan O'Beirne and Justin Carty CEO IMSTA

Founded in 2013, CMC Hygea is based in Waterford City and specialises in innovation and design in Antimicrobial Pathogen resistant “Class 1 Medical devices for use in surgical, clinical and community based settings.   In recognition of the feedback from Clinicians working in the community for our LUCA (Leg Ulcer Cleaning Aid), we were nominated for the IMSTA award by South East Business and Innovation Centre for our innovative, safe and cost effective product.

We graciously and humbly accepted the nomination on behalf of the hardworking and dedicated team at CMC Hygea Ltd, for their outstanding commitment and loyalty. We were also delighted for the many organisations and state agencies who had faith in what we were trying to accomplish and for their historic and continuing guidance and support. Waterford LEO, Enterprise Ireland, Southeast BIC and the Waterford Institute of Technology, ARC Labs to name but a few, can all take a bow for helping us to overcome the many challenges that we faced as an innovative start up medical devices company.

Enthused with excitement at being nominated for the IMSTA and the prospect of being in the presence of many of our industries “Blue Ribband” companies, we immersed ourselves in the ether of their various positive contribution to the healthcare sector. To top it all, Croke Park was a most fitting backdrop and venue to host such an illustrious industry event and made us feel we had arrived.

The Best Primary Care/Community Service Award category, in which we were nominated, was poignant and dear to our hearts as it ensconced the principles and values of CMC Hygea and best represented our passion and commitment in making a real tangible difference in people’s lives, by aiding recovery and reducing susceptibility to cross infection. In an age of “Superbug bacteria”, it’s wonderful to know that we are contributing to the solution in a positive and progressive way”.

“We were truly in the presence of greatness……

The prestige and importance of the Black-tie event was borne out by the full capacity house and the calibre and scope of the companies in attendance. With representations from large multinationals to indigenous Irish SMEs, we were truly in the presence of greatness.

The IMSTA awards ceremony created a great sense of occasion. The pre-dinner reception in the corporate suite and subsequent tour of the impressive Croke Park location were awe inspiring and inspirational.

Our table was hosted by Mangan O’Beirne Solicitors who were gracious and generous hosts. Being nominated in any category was a tremendous honour for us and our business, but when Michael Lyster announced our name as winner we were in disbelief and somewhat overwhelmed. Our delight, pride and genuine surprise at being bestowed with such an accolade was apparent and plain for all to see.

Our homeward journey was constantly interrupted by a myriad of congratulatory texts and phone calls from well-wishers. We were on “cloud nine”.

Arriving into the office the following morning, with the award in hand, was a powerful feeling which was felt by everyone in our team. The phone calls and texts continued well into the day and the magnitude of our achievement was slowly sinking in. We were honoured and grateful that an award of the calibre of the IMSTA’s was bestowed on us.

Since winning the IMSTA award, we have gone on to even greater success. We have recently secured substantial investment from both Enterprise Ireland and private investors which will allow us to progress on our journey. We have embarked on a roll-out of our products and concepts to the US market place. The journey has posed a number of challenges that, through the support of the industry we have overcome. It has without doubt it has been a worthwhile journey of enlightenment and discovery. Ireland is an incredible country with the infrastructure and supports that can and will facilitate enterprise and innovation. With grit and determination anything is possible and we are living proof that if you believe in yourself and what you are doing, you will succeed.

So now it’s onwards and upwards from everyone involved at CMC Hygea. We are eagerly anticipating the next chapter in the evolution of CMC Hygea and the Pathaguard brand and what dizzying heights we can aspire to”.