How was your business dream realised – what made you do it? The business idea was based on the requirement of setting up a fictitious company and developing the strategy, marketing and financial forecasting in part fulfilment of an MBA degree programme with the Business Faculty at the University of Ulster.
As a Microbiologist employed by the healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson, I was able to engage with senior healthcare workers in the US. During this time, it was common for each surgeon to have a card index system outlining all the components necessary to carry out a surgical procedure for example to removes someone’s gall bladder. This system of having to gather all the components just before surgery was proving to be very inefficient and, in many cases, when a component could not be found the procedure had to be cancelled.
The idea of predetermining the components needed for a specific surgical procedure and placing these into a kit increased surgical efficiency. It also had additional benefits. From a procurement point of view, it meant one purchase order per procedure whereas in the past it may have required up to forty purchase orders to cover all the components required for the procedure.
After spending a number of years commuting back and forward to the US, my youngest daughter one Saturday morning wanted to go to Crainfield beach immediately after I arrived back into Ireland. I was too tired to do so, and I knew immediately something had to change. That was the beginning of Clonallon.