THE founder of Randox Laboratories has been honoured for his role in building relations between Northern Ireland and America.
Dr Peter FitzGerald received the Cúchulainn award at the 56th Annual Dinner of the Ireland-US Council last week.
The accolade recognises the efforts of individuals who go above and beyond to support the objectives of the Ireland-US Council – to improve the business bonds and commercial connections between Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United States.
Joining a line-up of some of the most prominent business figures in both Ireland and the US, Dr FitzGerald was presented with the award at The Metropolitan Club in New York City.
He said he was ‘most honoured’ to be at the event to accept the award and added that it was ‘in recognition of the work undertaken by Randox in the United States since the early 1980s when we began to export our diagnostic healthcare products’.
“The United States remains one of Randox’s most important markets, in which we are growing at pace thanks to the ongoing development of innovative new products in not only the healthcare sector, but also the veterinary, research, toxicology and food safety industries,” Dr FitzGerald said.
The Ireland-US Council was founded in 1962 by a group of American and Irish business leaders as a measure to build an established structure which would encourage closer economic relations, and was initially created to assist in making preparations for the first-ever State Visit of a sitting US President to Ireland by President John F Kennedy in 1963.
David O’Sullivan, Executive Director of the Ireland–U.S. Council, said: “Dr FitzGerald of Randox Laboratories truly embodies the essence of this mission by aligning his business in Ireland closely with businesses in the US, to maximise the positive outcomes for both parties.
“We are delighted to present him with the Cúchulainn award – for the significant contributions he has made to the development of closer economic, business and commercial ties between our two nations.”
Meanwhile Randox has also announced 25 new jobs in specialist IT roles ranging from Software Development and Information Security to Web Design and IT Support.
The roles, which will span a variety of career pathways, including placements, graduates, apprenticeships and permanent positions, will be based at the firm’s new headquarters, the Randox Science Park in Antrim.