At LSC we specialise only in Life Sciences and always keep up to date with leading news, projects and all that’s going on in the industry. As the sector sees continued rapid growth it’s easy to miss some of the major announcements. To make things easier and to ensure you too are well informed we’ve selected and summarized this month’s top Irish Life Science industry news stories below.

South Korean pharma company SK Biotek invests in Ireland
SK Biotek has officially opened its facility in Co. Dublin becoming the first ever South Korean pharma company to invest in Ireland. The Korean company acquired the former BMS API plant in Swords last year and has taken on the 360 employees who worked there.  They are currently contracted to continue to produce some products for Bristol-Myers and will use the facility as a base for CDMO work in Europe.  Click here to read the full article

Almac Group expand operations in Dundalk following successful HPRA inspections
Following successful HPRA inspections Almac is to invest €34 million in its new Dundalk campus, which is scheduled to be ready for operation by January 2019. The company is now officially licensed to conduct QP batch certification and release for both clinical trial material and commercial drug product from the Irish campus. Additionally, Almac has announced further investment at the campus including a new QC laboratory and packaging facility for commercial drug products as well as a dedicated 79,000 sq ft EU Distribution Centre for clinical trial supply. It is believed the expansion plans will deliver up to an additional 100 new jobs within the first two years. Click here to read the full article

AbbVie Expands Oncology Capability at Ballytivnan facility in Sligo  
Global research and development-based Biopharmaceutical company, AbbVie has announced an expansion of its manufacturing facility in Sligo to support the growth of its Oncology pipeline. The $139 million (€113.6 million) investment in new sterile manufacturing technology at the Sligo site will help deliver promising treatments for cancers with significant unmet medical needs. AbbVie currently employs more than 600 people at 5 manufacturing and commercial sites across Ireland and this expansion is set to create 100 jobs over the next 3 years in a variety of technical and manufacturing positions. Click here to read the full article

Another Successful year for IWish
IWish 2018 was the biggest yet, spanning 4 days in total– 2 in Cork City Hall and 2 in the RDS in Dublin.
LSC were once again delighted to be part of the event encouraging girls to pursue STEM. As we look to the future of Life Sciences we know young females of today are vital to the success of the industry. We are seeing amazing job opportunities in Pharma, Biotech and Med Device but with the current skill shortages there is not the indigenous talent to fill them. If we work together to address the current gender imbalance, empowering girls with initiatives like I Wish jobs will be filled by the young talented women of today who pursue STEM. Click here to read the full article.

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Connect with LSC at BioPharma Ambition – February 2018
LSC will be exhibiting at BioPharma Ambition 2018 on February 21st and 22nd at The Printworks, Dublin Castle. Arrange a meeting with us in advance in case we don’t get the opportunity to connect! Click here for more details.

Upcoming Engineers Week Robotics Workshop – February 2018
At LSC we are doing our part for Engineers week 2018 by hosting two Robotics Workshops enabling children in the community to discover Engineering in a fun, engaging & hands on way. The workshops will take place in Kinsale on February 24th and are suitable for children aged 10 – 12.  Click here for more details

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