"I thought if I could do this I could empower them in their care and management"
The shortlist of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award was unveiled earlier this summer. One of the businesses on that shortlist is Beats Medical, an Irish company that uses technology to treat those with Parkinson's.
The company provides a sound wave treatment to patients, enabling them to regain mobility. Founded by physiotherapist Ciara Clancy in 2012, Beats Medical uses everyday technology to remove the admin and leg-work involved in prescribing and administering treatment.
"In my work as a physiotherapist, I could see the impact that sound wave treatment had on patients, however it had to be prescribed daily and within an in-clinic setting. I felt there had to be another way," explains Clancy.
She set about developing that other way.
"There were clinically proven treatments which improved symptoms of the disease but people with Parkinson’s could not access these daily in their homes as they needed to be individually tailored. I thought if I could do this I could empower them in their care and management."
Beats Medical now offers tailored treatments to patients that help address mobility, speech and fine hand movement symptoms of the disease.
When building the company, Clancy knew the importance of building an experienced team and takes pride in the board that is in place.
"I was never going to obtain 20 years experience overnight in research, business, marketing, leadership and all the various elements needed to run a business. Our board has all that though and they all share my vision for the future of the company. The board is made up of leaders from their respective fields who have been incredibly influential in the development of the company and have mentored me along the way."
The company now has users in 28 countries around the world, with a core focus on the UK and Irish markets. They have already experienced great success and Clancy has big ambitions for the company in the future.
"We hope to have a greater impact on more people with Parkinson’s around the world while also treating other neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, dyspraxia and cerebral palsy through technology."
Click here for more information on the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.