An Taoiseach Welcomes Strategic Partnership Agreement Between Enterprise Ireland and Northwell Health

Ireland Taoiseach Enda Kenny, standing, joins Enterprise Ireland executive director Kevin Sherry, left, and Northwell Health President & CEO Michael Dowling in signing a strategic alliance.

A partnership agreement between Enterprise Ireland and Northwell Health, a leading U.S. health care provider, was signed in the presence of An Taoiseach Enda Kenny today in New York during his visit to the U.S.

The Northwell partnership is a market-led initiative steered by Enterprise Ireland to allow Irish companies immediate access at an early stage to key market leaders in the U.S. As a result, companies will have access to clinicians and key decision makers in a major health network, which will provide valuable insights in the products and services that are required in the market in the future.

The partnership will also give Enterprise Ireland clients the opportunity to work with Northwell Health to build capability in their business and learn how hospital procurement processes work in the U.S.

In turn, Northwell will work with Enterprise Ireland and their clients to develop and commercialize new medical technologies, secure joint ventures and provide platforms to integrate with U.S. health care companies.

Michael J. Dowling, President and CEO, Northwell Health, and Kevin Sherry, Executive Director, Business Development Enterprise Ireland, signed the agreement in the Irish Consulate in New York.

Welcoming the partnership, the Taoiseach said: “The agreement between Northwell Health and Enterprise Ireland is highly significant – the partnership will give Irish medical technologies and health care companies the opportunity to supply innovative products and services to one of the leading health care providers in the U.S. Having a world class health care provider such as Northwell enter in to this partnership agreement today is a great endorsement of what Ireland has to offer in health care provision and medical technology.”

Northwell Health is one of the leading health care providers on the East Coast of the U.S., comprising 21 hospitals, 61,000 employees and nearly 14,000 affiliated physicians, and  provides health care to over 4 million people. In addition to delivering health care, it has a number of additional strands to it which include a venture arm, research and development and educational schools of medicine.

As part of the agreement, Northwell Health has agreed to give Enterprise Ireland and its clients’ access to key departments within the hospital system where companies will have the opportunity to learn of new developments first hand.

Speaking at the announcement, Michael J. Dowling, President and Chief Executive, Northwell Health, said: “Northwell has a long history of promoting innovation and improving health care. Pairing with like-minded organizations is an integral part of that effort, and we look forward to a continued fruitful relationship with Enterprise Ireland. Our relationship is mutually beneficial. It exposes Northwell to keen ideas, innovative technologies and small businesses in which the Irish government has already invested in.”

Signing the agreement between Enterprise Ireland and Northwell Health, Kevin Sherry, Executive Director, Global Business Development, Enterprise Ireland said: “There has been a highly active and productive engagement between Enterprise Ireland and Northwell Health over the last two years and this relationship has been very beneficial to Irish companies looking to gain a deeper understanding and access to the U.S. health system. Northwell is a global leader in best practice of improving patient experiences and we are delighted to officially enter into this agreement today which will ultimately improve the efficiency of bringing new Irish technologies, products and services to benefit patients in the U.S., while further confirming Ireland’s status as a global leader in health care solutions.”

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About Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the Irish State agency that works with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. Enterprise Ireland partners with entrepreneurs, Irish businesses, and the research and investment communities to develop Ireland’s international trade, innovation, leadership and competitiveness.  In this way, we support sustainable economic growth and regional development, and help create and sustain employment in Ireland.

Northwell Health

Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals and over 500 outpatient practices. We care for more than 1.8 million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 61,000 employees – including 15,000+ nurses and nearly 4,000 + doctors within Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit