Chief executive: Kevin A. Lobo
Pre-tax profit: £7.7m Employment: 158 Pay bill: £5.4m
203 Airport Road West Belfast BT3 9ED Tel: 028 9093 9400 www.heartsine.com
Heartsine is a Belfast-based maker of life-saving defibrillators. Products include a range of semi-automatic and fully-automatic external defibrillators. Its flagship product is the only one of its kind to provide verbal, visual and audio feedback to a rescuer on the force and rate of compressions. The success of the firm led to it being acquired by US firm Physio-control in 2015. Physio-control was later acquired by Stryker. The latter company was founded in 1941 by Dr Homer Stryker, an orthopaedic surgeon from Kalamazoo, Michigan in the US. Heartsine had been founded in 1998 John Anderson with a group of investors. In the 1960s, Professor Anderson had been approached to start the biomedical engineering group at the Royal Victoria Hospital and led the effort to produce the world’s first mobile defibrillator.