GE Healthcare joins Intel and leading Irish Universities at world-class Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) Centre.


Dublin, Ireland, 28 April 2010 – The TRIL (Technology Research for Independent Living) Centre, Ireland is delighted to announce a new industry partner, GE Healthcare. TRIL is a groundbreaking research initiative, founded in January 2007 by Intel Corporation and the IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency), to explore the physical, cognitive and social consequences of ageing and design technologies to help address them. The addition of GE Healthcare as an industry partner will help TRIL to extend and expand its research programme. GE joins the TRIL Centre as its second industry partner for 2010, alongside co-founder Intel and academic partners University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway. GE Healthcare is investing $3 million in the TRIL Centre.


“We are excited about welcoming a new industry partner with the technology expertise and stellar reputation of GE Healthcare,” says Dr. Brian Caulfield, Academic Director of the TRIL Centre. “Their focus on innovative thinking and commitment to improving healthcare while reducing costs will make them a valuable contributor to our research efforts.”


A key goal of TRIL’s research, which brings together world-class industry and academic experts from multiple disciplines, is to enable older people to live independently in the homes of their choice for as long as possible, with the help of technology—and in the process, to help ease the strain on global healthcare systems as the world’s population ages. This objective aligns with GE Healthcare’s goal of continuously developing innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality and efficiency.


Home health is a key business focus for GE Healthcare. The company recently acquired Living Independently Group, a provider of QuietCare, a passive activity monitoring system used to assist in the care of the elderly. The company is also leading a consortium of private and public sector organizations in a $5 million three-year home health research program funded by the Hungarian government. In April 2009, GE and Intel announced the formation of a healthcare alliance to develop and market technologies for independent living and chronic disease management. As part of this alliance, GE Healthcare markets the Intel® Health Guide in the US and UK. The Intel Health Guide is a comprehensive personal health system that combines an in-home patient device – the Intel® Health Guide PHS6000 – as well as an online interface – the Intel® Health Care Management Suite – allowing clinicians to monitor patients from their homes and manage care remotely.


Commenting on the announcement, Agnes Berzsenyi, General Manager of GE Healthcare’s Home Health business says “We are delighted to be part of the TRIL Centre and to be involved in the groundbreaking research being done there. The world is getting older and this is presenting enormous healthcare challenges in the care of elderly citizens and the prevention and management of chronic disease. We are looking forward to working with TRIL to drive innovation in this emerging area and ultimately transforming the lives of elderly citizens.”


Over the last three years, more than 600 older adults have been assessed in the TRIL Clinic and a large number have participated in the TRIL technology home deployment programme. The commitment of GE Healthcare will enable TRIL to expand the pool of participants and build on the accomplishments of the first three years. The addition of GE Healthcare as an industry partner supports TRIL’s strategic vision of securing additional industry partners, from SMEs to multinational companies such as GE and Intel, to advance its important research effort.

Having a Ball at Intel! Mary Hanafin, T.D., Minister for Tourism Culture and Sport and Intel's Eamonn

Sinnott, Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group, and Plant Manager, Fab 24 pictured along with

Darragh and Alanna Gorman at a special event to celebrate the donation by Intel of more than €250,000 to

community organisations and schools throughout Ireland.


Intel yesterday (Wednesday, April 21st) celebrated the success of its 2009 Matching Grant initiative, rewarding 101 community organisations and schools from across Ireland with $336,580. This means that more than €250,000 will be donated in the coming weeks.


The Intel Involved Matching Grant Program aims to encourage Intel employees to engage in outreach and volunteerism to make our communities a better place. The objective is to support employees’ giving their time and talent to qualified non–profits and non–governmental organisations, in addition to schools. After a minimum of 20 hours has been accrued by Intel employees volunteering at a school or qualified non–profit organisation, a donation or "match" will be triggered from the Intel Foundation. Grants are then paid out at $10 for every hour volunteered by an Intel employee.


In 2009 Intel employees volunteered more than 42,000 hours of which 33,650 hours were eligible to be matched through this initiative resulting in a payout of almost $340,000 for the recipient organisations.


Mary Hanafin T.D., Minister for Tourism Culture and Sport attended a special recognition event at Intel Ireland to celebrate the employee achievements and said "I would like to congratulate Intel employees who have given up so much of their time to volunteer in their communities. I would also like to extend my congratulations to the organisations who are being awarded with an Intel Matching Grant for these voluntary hours”. Minister Hanafin added, “Intel Ireland should be very proud of this innovative volunteer initiative. I hope that the example they have set will encourage other businesses to become involved in similar programs, enabling their employees to work on a voluntary basis and become involved in their local communities".


The more than 100 organisations which were part of the Matching Grant initiative included charities such as Focus Ireland, Barretstown and the Society of the Vincent De Paul, a variety of sporting clubs ranging from GAA to swimming, and various other organisations such as animal sanctuaries, scouting groups and schools.


“We are delighted to be able to support such a diverse group of organisations with such a substantial monetary contribution. Intel has a long and proud tradition of volunteering and we couldn’t have thought of a better way of recognising our employees’ achievements then by awarding these matching grants” commented Eamonn Sinnott (Vice President, Technology Manufacturing Group, and Plant Manager of Fab 24). “Our employees volunteered a total of more than 42,000 hours in 2009 and this remarkable achievement has made a real difference”.



The overall total of 42,000 hours which was volunteered by Intel Ireland employees throughout 2009 is the equivalent of 24 people working full time in the community for a whole year. The grant program will continue through 2010 meaning that even more organisations will have the opportunity to benefit from the scheme.


Ireland is Intel's manufacturing and technology centre for Europe and the campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare is one of Intel’s largest manufacturing sites, with over 4,000 people working at the site and €6.0 billion Euro invested in turning the location into the most technologically advanced industrial campus in Ireland. In 2009 Intel celebrated the 20th anniversary of operations in Ireland - We look forward to the next 20 years of success working as a team on the Ireland site and across our community and country.




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The plant manager of Intel Ireland’s Fab 24 chip manufacturing plant in Leixlip, Eamonn Sinnott, has become the second Irishman, after country manager Jim OHara, to be made a vice-president of Intel, a major honour for the local operations.


Sinnott has been recently named as vice-president, Technology and Manufacturing Group, and plant manager of Fab 24 in Leixlip, Ireland. He is responsible for all operational aspects of Fab 24, Intel’s first 300mm facility outside of the United States.


Sinnott joined Intel Corporation in 1991 as manufacturing shift manager in Ireland. He has held a variety of factory management positions in Ireland, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Portland, Oregon. Sinnott became factory manager for the 300mm start-up and ramp of Fab 24 in 2001 before taking over as plant manager in 2006 when he successfully ramped the facility to 65nm technology.


Prior to joining Intel, Sinnott worked as an engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation and as a manufacturing manager at Nuvotem. Sinnott received an MBA from University College Dublin in 2000 and a bachelor's degree in Science from University of Dublin, Trinity College in 1986. He is a board member of the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland.


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