Heart­sine/stryker

Chief ex­ec­u­tive: Kevin A. Lobo

Belfast Telegraph - Top 100 Northern Ireland Companies - - ENTRIES 21-100 PROFILED -

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.

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