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“I’m amazed and delighted,” said Kieron McGrath when he was announced as the Overall Winner at PM Group’s 2020 ‘Innovation in Action’ Awards.

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Kieron’s innovation, ‘Integrated QC Stack’ will be used in the design of Life Science Quality Control laboratories which are on the verge of major change. “QC labs will no longer be designed around human ergonomics, but around the robots and co-bots that will operate them.” According to Kieron, this will drive new room design solutions such as circular bench formations, smaller aisles and ‘smart benches’. The innovation considers lab equipment on multiple levels and incorporates fully integrated Industry 4.0 software.

“It will bring benefits including reduced cost, increased flexibility, and faster more accurate test results for patients who will be the ultimate beneficiaries,” Kieron continued.

Kieron’s submission was one of 10 category winners competing for the top prize in the scheme which recognises and nurtures innovations and bright ideas across the company. Now in its sixth year, the 2020 Awards event was held virtually.

Committed to innovation

Speaking on the day, Andy Rayner, PM Group’s Head of Technology said; “2020 has taught us that prioritizing innovation is critical to our success.  The way we do business is changing and we are committed to innovation to drive us forward. Congratulations to Kieron and all the Category Winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted an idea or innovation to the competition."

“This is a very exciting time in PM Group,” added Dave Murphy, CEO. “The business continues to grow. The pace of change is incredible in the sectors where we operate and it is more important than ever that we are creative and innovative. We saw this coming through in the ideas and innovations at the event, relating to many different aspects of our business. They are important in terms of optimising our existing business, developing new business and helping to address our clients’ needs”.


About the Innovation In Action Awards:

PM Group’s Annual Innovation In Action Awards Scheme was established in 2014 and is run under 12 categories with an annual prize fund of €35,000. The scheme aims to foster and develop new ideas and innovations. This year’s scheme attracted 127 submissions. Many of these will go on to be further developed.