Ireland's Life Sciences sector has grown from very humble beginnings in the 1960s to reach global significance. Collaborative clusters in Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Devices and Diagnostics have been a key element behind the remarkable growth of a sector that directly employs 30,000 people.
The Biopharmaceutical industry has made a capital investment of approximately $10 billion in new facilities in Ireland, most of which has come in the last 10 years. This represents close to the biggest wave of investment in new BioTech facilities anywhere in the world.
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Ireland has one of the youngest and most highly educated populations in Europe. This provides a rich and strong pool of talent for the sector, which continues to benefit from high levels of investment in third-level education and the growth of collaborative clusters.
Ireland’s universities in the fields of Engineering, Chemistry, Bio Chemistry and Bio Technology have strong cooperative links with the sector. Feedback from the industry in terms of its skills needs feeds directly into the universities and drives Ireland’s pursuit of Biopharmaceutical academic excellence.
Manufacturing excellence in Biopharmaceuticals is a hallmark of Ireland's success in the sector. This is constantly driving growth in the likes of Bio Tech, which has developed from two manufacturing sites in 2003 to 18 in 2017.
A key driver of operational and research excellence is practitioner-to-practitioner knowledge sharing. With strong clusters based in Dublin and Cork, and rapidly developing hotspots around Sligo, Waterford and Mayo, organisations, such as the Irish Centre for Business Excellence and IBEC, work with the IDA to facilitate best practice-sharing between companies.
Ireland has an exemplary compliance record with regulatory agencies, including HPRA, FDA and EMA. They work closely with companies to achieve trouble-free compliance. Certification agencies in Ireland operate in accordance with European and global standard procedures.
Ireland’s regulatory track record is excellent and the Health Product Regulatory Authority (HPRA), boasts an international reputation in regulatory compliance.
The HPRA has recently initiated Regulatory Science Ireland to explore opportunities for investment in research to increase understanding around processes and products, and thereby support Ireland’s reputation for regulatory excellence in manufacturing.
Ireland has a significant track record of clinical and academic research excellence. The government has also committed €8 billion to research funding to further bolster Ireland’s reputation as a growing hub for research and development.
The National Institute for Bioprocess Research and Training (NIBRT), created from a €60million investment by the IDA, gave practical training to 2,000 people in 2013. Senior executives from the sector sit on the NIBRT board in the knowledge that the availability of suitably trained staff is a key determinant of success in Biopharmaceutical manufacturing.
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funds a lot of basic research in the Biopharmaceutical sector, especially with regards to understanding cancer, autoimmune disease and Alzheimer’s. Recently SFI announced a deal with Pfizer, whereby both parties are jointly funding basic Bio Medical research, which will help support Pfizer’s drug discovery efforts here in Ireland and globally.
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Ireland is the leading destination for pharmaceutical activity, 85+ biopharmaceutical companies call Ireland home, Ireland is the third largest exporter of pharmaceuticals globally and 50 FDA-approved manufacturing plants are located here.
Allergan plc, the global integrated biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Ireland, today marked the opening of its €160m state-of-the-art Biologics 2 facility at its Westport Campus in Co. Mayo, Ireland. The new facility will create 63 jobs and enhance Ireland’s position as a strategic global hub for Allergans’ flagship products, including their botulinum toxin brand. This brings Allergan’s total investment in Ireland since it began operations in the country to more than €750m.
Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys TD today confirmed that WuXi Vaccines, a subsidiary of WuXi Biologics (stock code: 2269.HK), is planning to build a $240 million vaccine production facility on the newly established WuXi Biologics Campus in Dundalk, bringing 200 additional new jobs to the town over five years. The new investment, for which a planning application was submitted to Louth County Council last month is being supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland will bring total employment on WuXi Biologics’ Dundalk Campus to 600 by 2024.
Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, Ireland, October 7, 2019 - Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, today officially opened its new manufacturing building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork. The company has operated a biopharmaceutical supply chain facility on its 40-hectare site in Ringaskiddy since 2005.
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Today, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys T.D., visited Pfizer Ringaskiddy almost 50 years to the day the company first came to Ireland. During her visit, the Minister recognised the significance of this anniversary and the substantial investment of Pfizer in Ireland over the last five decades. The Minister toured part of the large-scale manufacturing site, visiting the New Product Technology Lab, a state of the art $30 Million facility. The visit is part of a series of events to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary in Ireland.
Global life-science innovation leader, Allergan, which is headquartered in Ireland and operates four facilities here, has announced a €65 million capital investment programme for 2019 to facilitate the continued expansion of the company’s state-of-the art laboratories and manufacturing campuses at Westport in County Mayo and Clonshaugh in north Dublin. The Westport facility has created 63 new highly skilled jobs, bringing total employment in Ireland to more than 2,000 across the country. One in ten employees in Allergan’s global workforce is based in Ireland.
Greenfield Global Inc., Canada’s largest producer of alcohol and fuel ethanol, and one of the largest alcohols and solvents companies in North America, today announced plans to establish a new EU manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise, Ireland.
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Zimmer Biomet, is celebrating a decade in Ireland. A leading employer in Shannon and Oranmore, Galway, the company’s footprint in Ireland now features two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities plus a professional education centre that attracts healthcare professionals from around the world.
Move to new, larger premises in Waterford signals company’s plans to develop a flagship facility to spearhead its activities in Ireland and worldwide
Agilent Technologies Ireland Ltd. today held the official opening of a new, purpose-built research and development extension to its Little Island, County Cork facility.
Shire held an official site dedication event at its new state of-the-art biologics facility in Dunboyne, Co. Meath today.
Development of the 120-acre site has been underway since November 2017. Approximately 400 people will be employed at the facility when it is at full capacity.
ILC Dover, a global leader in flexible containment solutions for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry today announced it is expanding its Irish production footprint by opening a location in Blarney, County Cork, Ireland creating up to 70 jobs over two years.
Biotechnology company Regeneron had two reasons to be cheerful after the inaugural Invest in Ireland Awards in October. The company came away with the Grand Prix and also won the ‘Excellence in Regional Investment’ category. The recognition follows five years of expansion in Ireland since the company first announced its presence here in 2013.
The 29th of March next year is a critical date for U.S. biotech companies because business as usual disappears in Europe as a result of Brexit. Long a favored location for manufacturing and selling pharmaceuticals and devices across Europe, the United Kingdom will no longer be part of the EU and so free trade across Europe will change. American firms with UK operations should have already devised a post-Brexit strategy and begun implementing it given the fact that the changeover is just a few months away.
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