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APC pharma opens new Dublin research facility with 100 new jobs announced

APC pharma opens new Dublin research facility with 100 new jobs announced

Pharmaceutical research giant APC is to open its new headquarters in Cherrywood Business Park, Dublin, with 100 new high-skill jobs to be created over the next 18 months.

Having been formed in 2011 by Prof Brian Glennon and Dr Mark Barrett from the school of chemical and bioprocess engineering in University College Dublin, APC officially opened its 6,000sqm premises at a launch last Monday (15 February).

Aside from being the company’s headquarters, the building will also be APC’s highly-advanced process research facility for biopharmaceuticals in the processes of informatics and other advanced analytical means, to help streamline the development of their medicines in various fields, including cancer and HIV.

The company is looking for a range of different talents for its new positions, including chemical engineering, bioprocessing engineering, scientists, analysts and statisticians as well as finance and HR.

APC is already working with eight out of the top 10 biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world and five out of the top 10 largest biotech firms. It has predicted that, by 2020, 80pc of its services will be aimed at exporting to foreign markets, which will increase its revenues from its current level of €15m per annum to €50m.

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NUI Galway investing €7.5m to recruit 15 top researchers

NUI Galway investing €7.5m to recruit 15 top researchers

NUI Galway has begun an international three-year recruitment campaign to recruit 15 of the brightest emerging research stars, to support the delivery of an ambitious strategy to become a top-200 research-led university by 2020.

In order to actually attract what NUI Galway considers ‘leading’ researchers, recruitment will specifically look at those with internationally recognised, measurable research output and impact in their careers to date, as Dr Jim Browne, president of the university said :

“At NUI Galway, our ambition is to produce research that is globally recognised as excellent, transformative, and relevant to societal and economic needs.”

The priority research areas include: Biomedical Science and Engineering; Marine, Energy and Environmental Science; Data Analytics and Informatics; Physical and Computational Sciences; Drama and theatre studies; Applied public policy and social sciences; Digital humanities.

Positions will be appointed in stages throughout 2016, 2017 and 2018. The first of the positions will be a senior lecturer in medical electronics, supported by engineering company Techrete.

Currently home to two national SFI Research Centres, in Medical Device Technologies and Data Analytics, NUI Galway is also in the top two best performing Irish universities in the European Horizon 2020 research funding programme.

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First Data To Create R&D Hub In Co Tipperary

First Data To Create R&D Hub In Co Tipperary

FirstData, a global payment technology solutions company, has announced that intends to establish a research and development center in Ireland. The new R&D center in Nenagh will be the company’s first Irish location outside of Dublin.

It will be located in Nenagh, Co Tipperary at an existing 32,000-square foot facility at Stereame Business Park that requires renovation, and is being supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

The facility will employ up to 300 highly-skilled employees and centralise work on a number of the firm’s technology platforms. Roles in the areas of application/software development, application analysis, business analysis, technical project management, systems consulting, and enterprise architecture are expected to be desired at the new facility.

Tom Higgins, First Data’s Chief Administrative Officer, said :

“We are looking forward to expanding our presence in Ireland with this new facility in Nenagh, County Tipperary that will house some of our most advanced research work in payments technology.”

Hiring for these roles will commence later this year ahead of the facility’s opening, expected in 2017.

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Ministers Bruton and English announce €28 million Science Foundation Ireland investment in research equipment and facilities

Ministers Bruton and English announce €28 million Science Foundation Ireland investment in research equipment and facilities

The Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton, TD together with the Minister for Research, Innovation and Skills, Damien English, TD yesterday announced details of a €28 million investment in research equipment and facilities through Science Foundation Ireland.

A total of 21 exemplary research projects will be supported in sectors including applied geo-sciences, pharmaceutical manufacturing, bio-banking, marine renewable energy, internet of things, astronomy, big data and additive manufacturing using nano-materials.

This infrastructure funding was awarded competitively to research groups who need facilities and equipment to address major research opportunities and challenges.

These including partnerships with industry and /or international funders. This new infrastructure will ensure that Irish researchers continue to be internationally competitive, with access to modern equipment and facilities which will enable them to be successful in securing future funding from leading companies and Europe, including Horizon 2020.

Speaking at the announcement in Birr, Co Offaly, Minister Bruton said:

“(…) We have now put in place individual jobs plans for 7 out of the 8 regions in the country, and what has repeatedly become clear is that research and innovation must be accelerated right across the country if we are to deliver the jobs growth we need. Today’s announcement by Science Foundation Ireland is an important part of this. By investing in world-class R&D infrastructure, both at a regional and national level, this will ensure that we can compete at the highest levels internationally and continue to turn more good ideas into good jobs.”

Commenting on the news as well, Minister English added :

“Today’s investment will advance the implementation of the government’s new science strategy – Innovation 2020. The 21 projects will enable globally compelling research to be undertaken across the country; facilitating greater industry and international collaboration; supporting the training of researchers and demonstrating to an international audience that Ireland on an all island basis, is business friendly and bullish in its pursuit of, and participation in, excellent research.”

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OxyMem co-founders receive the NovaUCD 2015 Innovation Award

OxyMem co-founders receive the NovaUCD 2015 Innovation Award

Professor Eoin Casey and Dr Eoin Syron, both researchers in the UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, were presented with the award by UCD President Professor Andrew J Deeks.

The pair were honoured at NovaUCD in recognition of the success of UCD spin-out OxyMem has achieved in the international, multi-billion euro wastewater treatment industry.

OxyMem’s technology is a break from the last 100 years of biological aerobic processes, which was largely activated sludge treatment. It has made a huge impact on the global wastewater treatment sector, estimated to be worth €30 billion, by meeting demand for energy efficient wastewater treatment, without increasing the cost of capital equipment.

For the last 100 years or so biological aerobic processes have been the cornerstone of all industrial wastewater treatment processes around the world.

Using these process, typically less than 30 per cent of the oxygen supplied is transferred to the wastewater resulting in an enormous energy waste.

However, the technological breakthrough made by Casey and Syron, developed and refined with funding provided by Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland, does not rely on a bubble to transfer oxygen.

Instead, the MABR technology uses gas permeable membranes, which allows oxygen to be transferred directly to the wastewater treating bacteria. This technology dramatically reduces the operating costs for wastewater aeration and result in a four-fold saving on energy costs when compared to forced aeration.

Professor Casey said commented the news :

“The award not only recognises the success of OxyMem over the last few years but also recognises the 10 years of research and development activities at UCD on which OxyMem is built.”

OxyMem currently operates a 25,000 sq ft facility and offices in Athlone, Co Westmeath, to manufacture the Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor.

The company employs over 40 people and has already raised €2.5 million from investors and Enterprise Ireland and secured clients in Ireland, UK, Spain, Sweden and in North America, Middle East and Far East.

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Irish company makes biggest breakthrough for microbiology testing in dairy industry in 100 years

Irish company makes biggest breakthrough for microbiology testing in dairy industry in 100 years

Ballina-based Oculer has revealed a new ground-breaking system that may be the biggest microbiological breakthrough in the dairy industry in 100 years.

The Irish firm has unveiled a ground-breaking system for detecting Thermoduric Bacteria in dairy products that it is hoped  could save the dairy industry in Ireland up to €200 million a year, through reduced farmer penalties, superior product shelf-life and enhanced protein concentration.

The Oculer technology will cut detection times for Thermoduric Bacteria from the current global standard of 72 hours to 24 hours, with an alarm to signal potential risk of the presence of the bacteria triggered in as little as six hours.

As well as testing for the presence of this bacteria, Oculer’s technology can also trace where it came from, tipping the farmer off as to any issues he or she can manage.

Rapid detection of the bacteria will significantly reduce spoiling of product and help eradicate shelf-life issues and advance the elimination of the bacteria entirely in other milk related products, such as milk powder destined for the infant formula industry.

News has already spread, too, with New Zealand’s main dairy laboratory having already ordered a system, with Oculer hopeful of further global interest.

Launching the product, Minister for Environment Alan Kelly said :

“It also again proves Ireland is a leading international player for research and development, spinning out some of the smartest technology companies on the planet.  At a local level I am immensely proud that one such company is here on our own doorstep and have been delighted to work with the team here over the past two years as they build towards this monumental day that will bring positive change for the industry across the world.”

The company will create at least 20 jobs in sales, R&D and engineering over the next two years.

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DCU Alpha IoT cluster to support 100 companies and 800 jobs

DCU Alpha IoT cluster to support 100 companies and 800 jobs

DCU Alpha, an innovation cluster set up in 2013 and based in Glasnevin, has announced that it plans to support 100 companies and 800 jobs over the next three years.

The current innovative hotbed  houses over 30 companies and 350 jobs in a mix of companies, including Enterprise Ireland-backed high-potential start-ups, successful indigenous tech SMEs and IDA-supported multinationals across a variety of sectors : clean tech, wearable sensors, connected health, industrial automation and machine-to-machine communications.

It is a nine-acre, 200,000 sq ft office, laboratory and industrial research facility, situated approximately 800 metres from the main DCU campus.

Some 30 new jobs have already been announced as part of DCU Alpha’s plans at Neosfar, an Irish IoT company. Meanwhile Indian software multinational, NIIT, has also confirmed that it will locate its new European Delivery Centre on the nine-acre site.

Neosfar CEO Mark McCarville commented the news :

“We already know and work with many of the companies based here and that cluster or cross-fertilisation opportunity, coupled with the access to graduate talent and key researchers in DCU, made this location an ideal one from our perspective. We look forward to moving into our custom-designed engineering lab and office space over the coming weeks and we are already well progressed in terms of hiring the key staff we need.”

DCU Alpha is located on a site that was originally established as the Institute for Industrial Research and Standards (IIRS) and was most recently formerly occupied by Enterprise Ireland along with SEAI and NSAI.

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250 new fintech jobs as Infosys doubles Irish operation

250 new fintech jobs as Infosys doubles Irish operation

Indian software services giant Infosys , headquartered in Bangalore, will expand its operations in Ireland, doubling the number of staff in the country to 500 in three years and setting up its first product-centric research and development centre outside India, with a second Irish facility to provide IT services to Infosys clients.

The roles to be filled at the R&D facility, which will be established by EdgeVerve Systems, the product subsidiary of Infosys, are “highly skilled”, and will focus on FinTech research and development, with the company operating an “open innovation model”. It will see staff working closely with customers, technology partners, academic institutions and the start-up community in areas of technology such as blockchain and analytics.

At the support site, employees will provide technology services to Infosys’ clients – work will include high-end IT consulting, business analytics, business processing and customer service.

Vishal Sikka, CEO and managing director of Infosys commented :

“Much like Ireland, Infosys has based its growth on a foundation of education, lifelong learning and a deep commitment to innovation. Infosys is already working with clients in Ireland helping them explore new ways of working and advancing, by embracing technology-led innovation.”

Infosys intends to develop new technologies and support innovation in global financial institutions as part of the expansion plans, which have been supported by Ireland’s Department of Jobs through IDA Ireland.

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Blueface open new offices with 20 new jobs created  and R&D lab

Blueface open new offices with 20 new jobs created and R&D lab

The business telephony company Blueface has opened a new office in Dublin, creating 20 jobs in a variety of roles to bring their total number of staff to 60.

The new roles cover a wide range of areas and include engineering, software development, R&D, marketing, sales, customer care and finance.

With the new office based in the IFSC in Dublin, Blueface says that it will roll out the hiring process gradually over the next 24 months, doubling its office footprint to cater for this expansion, made possible by strong 40pc year-on-year growth in the Irish market.

At the launch of the new office yesterday (3 December), Blueface’s CEO, Alan Foy, described what the new office will bring to the company:

“Blueface is driven by innovation and creativity and we are firmly committed to maintaining our IFSC hub as the epicentre of our European expansion. We have expanded our office in the IFSC to include a new network operations centre, customer experience area and R&D lab.”

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Talent pool is praised as Google opens innovation lab in Belfast

Talent pool is praised as Google opens innovation lab in Belfast

A partnership between Google and the professional services firm PwC is to establish an Innovation Lab or “hive”at PwC’s Northern Ireland headquarters in Belfast’s Waterfront Plaza, just 100 miles from Google’s European headquarters in Dublin.

Its activities will be similar to operations in New York and Sydney.

The companies formed the partnership last year, aimed at getting more business clients to use Google’s software products.

It is the first centre of its kind in Europe, however it will not immediately create new jobs in the city. Yet, it is understood that there will be recruitment in the coming months as the workload increases.

Mr Sitaram, who is based in California, said the new hub could help businesses and individuals of all sizes :

“We think it can make decisions faster, hire better talent, we think they can collaborate better and help change the culture in some of these companies”, he explained.

Commenting on the reasons for choosing Belfast, he added: “I think from our perspective, it’s 100 miles away from our European headquarters. The other reason, PwC has a very strong affinity of bringing people from other parts of the world into this region.

PwC employs about 1,300 staff in Belfast and in recent years has been building up its digital solutions “hive” in the city.

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