Press Release 08 Apr 2013

Barry O’Leary, CEO at IDA Ireland said: “We welcome the decision by Novartis, a key strategic IDA client, to establish a Business Services Centre at their Novartis Beech Hill Campus in Dublin.”

Novartis is the world’s second largest pharmaceutical company and has significant existing operations in Ireland.

Nine of the top ten global and 25 of the top 50 global pharmaceutical companies have operations in Ireland - predominantly involved in development and manufacturing (D+M).

IDA Ireland has already attracted a number of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies to establish business services centres in Ireland - these include - Pfizer, Merck, Lilly, Gilead, Aspen, Shire and Allergan.

Growing the number of IDA client companies that choose Ireland as a location for their business services centres is a key objective within the IDA’s Horizon 2020 strategy.

IDA Ireland, as well as the wider Government, is committed to creating and maintaining the conditions necessary for companies like Novartis to develop their operations in Ireland.

Today’s announcement is the second from a leading Swiss company in recent weeks. Zurich Insurance announced they were to create 112 jobs in a cyber-security centre in Dublin.

For further information contact:

Kevin Sammon, IDA Ireland Press Manager, Mob: +353 (0) 87 6188564, Email:

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