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A nation of innovation: Five firms facing up to Covid-19

Agile startups have been quick to shift to new products amid the pandemic

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Ambr’s founder Dan Nugent has launched Lensbuild.com to cater for those stuck at home

Ambr’s founder Dan Nugent has launched Lensbuild.com to cater for those stuck at home

Ambr’s founder Dan Nugent has launched Lensbuild.com to cater for those stuck at home

In the five weeks since coronavirus hit Ireland, businesses the length and breadth of the country have had to make the often heartbreaking decision to pull down their shutters and close. Despite this, many companies have refused to cave in to Covid-19. Many have diversified into new fields to help the public - and keep people in jobs.

Michaela Herron, a product regulatory partner with Mason Hayes and Curran, said her firm had experienced a sharp increase in the number of queries from businesses looking to develop new products during the pandemic.

She said businesses were looking to do what they could to help. She pointed to reports that alcohol companies such as Irish Distillers were assisting with the production of hand sanitisers and noted that companies with 3D printers such as Riot Games were exploring the possibilities of printing face shields.