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Leonora O'Brien

Founder and CEO of Pharmapod

Leonora founded Pharmapod Ltd in 2012, a pioneering company that has developed software to reduce medication errors and promote the safety of patients worldwide. It is the first international platform of its kind to pool and share this information across boarders, monitoring the trends and causes behind medication errors and adverse effects and empowering healthcare professionals locally to improve their practice.
Pharmapod has raised investment of €1.3 million which is being used to scale the company’s operations and expand its partner network internationally. Leonora is also a founding member and co-organiser of Health 2.0 Dublin (@Health2Dublin), an exciting collaborative network of over 500 members from the Tech and Healthcare sectors who share the objective of driving innovation in healthcare for patients and the public.
Leonora has won numerous national and international awards for pharmacy practice excellence, innovation and business including the Top Digital Health Influencer in Ireland in 2013, Tatler Women of the Year Awards 2014 for Entrepreneurship and the WMB Woman in Technology Award 2014.

Learn more about Pharmapod on their website https://www.pharmapodhq.com or follow them on Twitter @pharmapod, @leonoraobrien.

Company Pharmapod
Sector Pharma, e-regulation
How Much Raised 1.3 Million
Country/City Ireland, Dublin
Funding Level Seed, Series A commenced Oct 2016
Age When Started 35
1st Time Starting Business Yes
Size of Team 11 (8 full time)

Key Steps

Personal Funding
Grant + Client Revenue
Angels & Institutional Investors (Seed 1 & 2)
Series A (currently raising)
Accelerator Programme (Launchpad at NDRC)
Competition + Awards

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