Randox Laboratories: Future in the Making
On Friday 15th January 2016, Randox staff from across the UK and Ireland gathered together for a special day to learn the story of our heritage, connect with colleagues across the company, and share our vision for the future.
Almost 1000 Randox employees were invited to the beautiful Spires Assembly Building Conference Centre in Belfast to celebrate our achievements, our diverse workforce, our new product developments, and how far we have come as an organisation – from a small team of scientists to a fast-paced and multifaceted organisation with over 1300 staff globally.
When Randox was founded, almost thirty-four years ago, our objective was to research, develop, manufacture and market highly innovative diagnostic products to improve diagnosis, save lives and increase healthcare efficiency. In doing so we would create employment and provide valuable career opportunities.
Since then we have gone from strength to strength – today we employ some 1300 staff globally and our products are used in over 145 countries, by Hospital Laboratories, A&E Departments, Doctor’s Laboratories, Pharmaceutical Companies, Forensic Laboratories, Food Testing facilities, Veterinary Clinics and for Workplace Drug Testing.
Our people are key to this success, and on Friday we were proud to recognise the collective capabilities of all our staff from across the globe.
We are Randox: from R&D and Manufacturing to Sales and Marketing, Finance and Human Resources to Dispatch, Logistics and Travel, QA and the Environmental Team to Engineering, IT and Customer Support to Facilities Management and Receptionists, everyone plays an important role and contributes to our global mission of saving and improving lives.
To everyone who attended our Future in the Making event; we hope you enjoyed the afternoon and that you were inspired by the Randox story, by our capabilities and by our exciting plans for the future.
We hope that you look back on the day with fond memories, and take time to reflect on the team effort that is Randox, and of which you are an important part.
Thank you for all your hard work over the years. Let’s look forward to an exciting and prosperous 2016 together.
What was your favourite moment of our Future in the Making event? Did you enjoy seeing colleagues from your team on the big screen? Were you inspired by how far we have come? Please let us know your thoughts by using the hashtag #WeAreRandox.
A focus on pioneering innovation that improves wellbeing and enables preventative healthcare is at the heart of Randox Laboratories – that’s according to our Managing Director, Dr. Peter FitzGerald, who was speaking at the latest ‘Minister on the Move’ event held in Crumlin yesterday.
Dr. FitzGerald hosted Health Minister Simon Hamilton, the Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) Ann McGregor and over 60 businesses from across Northern Ireland at the Randox headquarters as part of the business led initiative by NI Chamber in partnership with American Airlines and British Airways.
The ‘Minister on the Move’ initiative provides businesses with an opportunity to speak directly with Ministers from the Northern Ireland Executive at a number of locations across the province – whilst also providing them with an opportunity to hear the inspirational success story of a local company, hosted in the company’s facilities.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Peter FitzGerald, Managing Director of Randox Laboratories, explained the key to the company’s success:
“We firmly believe that diagnostics are key to improving healthcare systems around the world. More sensitive, accurate and comprehensive diagnostics enable greater preventative care – improving patient outcomes and reducing the burden on healthcare services. We take our commitment to R&D very seriously and Randox is at the forefront of life-changing research and development in the diagnostics industry. We are proud to say that our innovative diagnostic tests are paving the way for the future of health care.”
The event also provided an open forum for delegates to share their views with the Health Minister Simon Hamilton, who said:
“In a week where Health has been in the headlines because of the pressures facing our Emergency Departments, it is clear that my priority as Minister must always be providing high quality health and care services for our people.
“But in sketching out my vision for a world class Health and Social Care system for Northern Ireland, I have equally indicated that a characteristic of a pioneering Health Service is one that has a productive partnership with industry.
“Health is a sizeable segment of Northern Ireland’s economy. We have around 130 companies with a turnover of close to £1 billion a year, employing approximately 7,500 in the sector. Randox is a genuine world leader and we are proud of what the company has achieved.
“The Department of Health already makes a major contribution to the Northern Ireland economy and not just in the sense of being an employer of almost 70,000 people, a spender of nearly £5 billion annually, an investor of in excess of £200 million each year in infrastructure projects and the importance of a healthy population to economic prosperity. There are also many outstanding existing examples of our health sector, academia and industry working in a productive partnership to develop and enable new products and speedily translate them into patient care.
“I know that Health is not an economic department in the way that DETI or DEL are but I want the work of my Department to play its fullest role in growing the local economy. We have an impressive record already of working closely with our universities and the business community with some significant success. But I want us to go further.
“It is my intention to convene a roundtable discussion involving key stakeholders from industry, academia and the public sector to conduct an examination of how Health can do more to encourage economic growth.”
Commenting on the Minister on the Move initiative, Ann McGregor, Chief Executive of NI Chamber, concluded:
“Chambers of Commerce are committed to helping businesses grow and we see ‘Minister on the Move’ as being an important and mutually beneficial initiative for both business and government. It will create a forum for the open exchange of views leading to a better understanding of the importance of public policy and the economic environment in which we operate. We all have the shared aim of growing the Northern Ireland economy and an initiative such as this one allows us to keep in regular contact along the way.”