An Insight into the Irish Life Sciences Market: Projects Underway

Posted Jan 9, 2024

As we look back on 2023 , it’s clear to say that 2023 was an exceptional year for the life sciences market in Ireland marked by significant investments and industry developments. The below image captures just some of the major investments in 2023. Notably, Dublin seemed to be a hot spot this year, with a significant number of investments being made in Dublin and its surrounding counties.

There was also a lot of activity in the Munster region:

  • Eli Lilly announced that they would be investing around €1 billion in a new state of the art API Biologics facility in Raheen, Limerick.
  • Astellas, a Japanese company were granted permission to build a new €330 million facility in Tralee, Kerry.

Towards the end of 2023, it was also revealed that Bristol Myer Squibb intend to apply for planning permission to build an advanced biologics manufacturing center in its existing site in Cruiserath, Dublin. Additionally, Novo Nordisk, the Danish manufacturer of obesity drugs Ozempic and Wegovy, shared their plans to establish a manufacturing presence in Ireland. Prior to Christmas, they submitted an application to build an extensive manufacturing facility in Clondalkin, Dublin which would create 1,000 jobs.


Renowned for its value proposition, Ireland continues to attract pharmaceutical and MedTech companies wishing to establish a base here or expand their operations. Boasting the EU’s highest rate of STEM graduates among young adults, Ireland is a hub of well-educated talent. Add to that our easy access to the vast European market and our consistently reliable corporation tax rates, and its clear to see why Ireland is a highly lucrative market. Moreover, Ireland has already established itself as a prime hub for life sciences firms, hosting ten of the leading 15 biopharma companies and nine out of the top 10 medical device companies.

What will 2024 look like?

Based on 2023, the life sciences market shows no signs of slowing down any time soon and this is likely to continue in 2024 as projects evolve and take shape. Dublin and its surrounding area are witnessing significant investment so it will be interesting to see if this trend continues.

With the life sciences market booming, there has never been a better time for people looking to break into contracting or to find their next challenge within the sector. The surge in demand, has been accompanied by notable talent and skills shortages, creating a need for individuals to step into contract roles across various tiers, spanning from Operational Support to Project Management, and extending to Directorial levels.

At LSC, we put people at the heart of everything we do, and our team of Resourcers work hard to match you with the right contract that meets your personal and professional requirements. We offer support from application to your interview, as well as ongoing personal development opportunities throughout your contract as part of our unique Consultant Success Programme. If you want to be a part of this exciting sector, we currently have multiple contract positions open with some of the industry’s top companies. Explore our open roles here.

Get in touch with us at [email protected], and let’s have a conversation about how we can help you achieve your career goals for this year.

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