Life Science Industry Update: December 2017

Posted Dec 19, 2017

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.

Wasdell Group to establish Pharmaceutical Packaging & Distribution Facility in Dundalk, creating 300 jobs over five years
UK speciality pharma services company Wasdell Group is to build a €30 million pharmaceutical packaging, testing and distribution facility in Co Louth. The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland and will create 300 jobs over 5 years.  The new Dundalk facility will be the company’s EU hub for qualified persons in (QP) release, analytical testing, primary and secondary pharmaceutical packaging and distribution. CEO of IDA Ireland, Martin Shanahan said: “The availability of this range of clinical and pharmaceutical services will increase the attractiveness of Ireland as an international base for early stage specialty Biopharma companies. It is also an ideal example of the type of Brexit linked opportunity IDA is working hard to secure.” Read the full article here

Antares Vision to establish a Software Development Centre in Galway, creating 53 jobs in Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence
Antares Vision, the leading Italian inspection systems, track & trace and smart data management solutions provider for sectors including Pharmaceutical and Medical devices announced it is to establish a Software Development Centre in Galway, creating 53 jobs in 5 years in Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence. The company specialise in Computer Vision Systems where cameras and sensors capture elaborate images at high speed to identify possible defects on products. They design, produce and install inspection track and trace systems for security, traceability and regulatory requirements in the pharmaceutical sector.
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Good News for Co. Clare as Beckman Coulter expands facility at Lismeehan creating 70 jobs
Beckman Coulter, which develops, manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing, is expanding the company’s development and manufacturing facility at Lismeehan, Co. Clare. The expansion will provide capacity for two new product streams at the site, and will enable ongoing growth of the current product streams. Construction is due to begin in early 2018 and will create 70 jobs over the next two to three years.
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Eli Lilly office block will add capacity for 500 new jobs in Cork
Eli Lilly has signed contracts for a new €20m office building in Little Island, which will be its second in the city’s Eastgate Business Park. Construction is due to be finished by 2019 and once complete will have the capacity to house 500 workers for Lilly’s Global Business Solutions Centre.
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EMA to relocate to Amsterdam, the Netherlands
After much speculation it has been confirmed The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will relocate to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Dublin had initially made a strong bid to host the EMA however pulled out late in the race to focus on the European Banking Authority bid.  The agency now has just over 16 months to prepare for the move and take up its operations in Amsterdam by March 2019 at the latest.  One of the main concerns of the move was staff retention. Internal surveys showed a large majority of EMA staff would be willing to move with the Agency to Amsterdam, which no doubt had an impact on the win. Because of its important role to safeguard public and animal health in the EU and will make available a monitoring chart on its website that will allow one to track the progress made. Read the full article here

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