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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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Grant Engineering to create 50 jobs with new innovation centre

Grant Engineering to create 50 jobs with new innovation centre

Irish manufacturing firm Grant Engineering is to create 50 full and part-time jobs at its facility in Birr, Co Offaly as part of a €7m expansion. The new positions will include operative and engineering roles, which are supported by Enterprise Ireland.

The expansion includes a new innovation centre, a customer services unit and a training school. Building works is set to commence in the coming months with completion of the investment programme over the next two years, according to the firm.

Commenting on the announcement, Grant Engineering Founder Stephen Grant said :

“Over the past recent years we have continued to grow our business and this investment will allow us to continue to increase capacity and expand into new markets and to develop new products. It also reinforces our commitment to innovation, the local community and the local economy.”

Grant Engineering, which is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of domestic oil-fired boilers in the country, employs over 320 people in Ireland and 70 in the UK during peak season.

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Galway-based pharma firm Chanelle Group to invest €70million in research and innovation

Galway-based pharma firm Chanelle Group to invest €70million in research and innovation

Chanelle Group, the largest Irish-owned manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, will create 175 jobs in a major expansion of its operations, with a €70million investment.

Chanelle, which already employs 375 people, wants to double its production capacity and add to its research and development capabilities, as it looks to break into the US market for generic drugs.

The company has already secured full planning permission and environmental approvals for the proposed 25,000 square foot facility at its site in the IDA Industrial Park in Loughrea. Construction will begin within weeks and is expected to finish in January 2017.

This investment in an expanded research and development facility will lead to the launch of 75 new products.

Founded by local vet Michael Burke in the early 1980s, the company makes both animal health products and human medicines that are sold in over 80 countries around the world,  and expects sales to top €100 million in the year to April 2016.

Mr Burke commented the news with these words :

“In the past five years revenue has grown 100 per cent and employment has increased by over 200 people. This growth has been driven by research and development of new products and the expansion into new markets. We invest over €8million annually in research and development and this investment will continue.”

With this new building, Chanelle said it plans to expand into new markets, including the United States, Central and South America and expects to increase sales by 65 per cent over the next five years.

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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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Government sets up innovation hub for health sector

Government sets up innovation hub for health sector

A pioneering partnership between private sector companies and the health service to develop groundbreaking Irish healthcare products and research and use them to benefit of Irish patients has been set up by the Government.

The initiative, which builds on a pilot project set up in UCC in 2012, is funded by Enterprise Ireland and will use staff seconded from the HSE.

Innovative Irish healthcare companies will be able to access the health service easily for the first time to test their products and services.

Meanwhile, the health service will have easy access to innovative companies providing solutions to the challenges it faces, making it cheaper and easier to deliver better healthcare to more patients.

The pilot has already supported 23 projects involving 27 companies including an online tool for GPs to monitor the physical activity of patients, scheduling services to improve patient flow, and infection control and hygiene management systems.

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton said :

“The commitment by Government to a facility such as the Health Innovation Hub also sends out a very strong message to international companies considering investing in Ireland that we are committed to developing even stronger links between the health and enterprise sectors and the high level R&D driving each sector.”

A consortium led by University College Cork, with partners including Cork Institute of Technology, Trinity College Dublin and the National University of Ireland Galway, was appointed following a competitive process at the hub.

A director is to be appointed shortly to guide the project through the next five years.

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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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Stryker unveils new surgical Innovation Centre in Cork

Stryker unveils new surgical Innovation Centre in Cork

The Instruments Division of Stryker Corporation officially opened its new Surgical Innovation Centre in Cork.

The centre, which features unique design and collaboration workspaces, state-of-the-art prototyping and test facilities, and a simulated operating room, is the first of its kind in Ireland. It will focus on the development of new technologies and products to improve patient safety and outcomes during surgery, and increase operating room efficiency across multiple surgical specialties including neuro, spine, ENT and orthopaedic surgery.

Constructed around human-centred design principles, employee wellbeing and a highly efficient and sustainable building design, the new premisses will allow research and development teams and surgeons to collaborate globally in the development and evaluation of new surgical approaches, product concepts and complete procedural solutions in a simulated surgical environment.

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency) commented the news :

“It’s great to see this project come to fruition. It will position the company for next generation research and development, enhancing its reputation and status as a world leader in medical technology innovation. It also further consolidates the company’s strong presence in Ireland and significantly boosts Ireland’s reputation as an excellent location for medical technology companies.”

Stryker’s R&D infrastructure in Ireland is underpinned by strong partnerships which the company has developed over many years with its Irish university research partners and medical schools.

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Science Foundation Ireland invests €2.8 million in 42 science projects

Science Foundation Ireland invests €2.8 million in 42 science projects

The Minister for Research, Innovation and Skills, Damien English, TD today announced details of a €2.8 million national investment in 42 initiatives aimed at engaging the Irish public in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover funding awards.

This investment further supports our national aim to have the most scientifically engaged public; breaking down barriers and creating more accessible paths to skill acquisition and ultimately fulfilling careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. Geographically dispersed, it is estimated that these STEM projects will touch 3.6 million people in Ireland by the end of 2017.

Announcing the funding at an event at Farmleigh House in Dublin on Thursday, Damien English explained:

“From a very low base, Ireland has today become home to nine of the top ten global ICT companies, nine of the top ten global pharmaceutical companies, 17 of the top 25 global medical devices companies, and more than half of the world’s leading financial services institutions. Ireland is now in the Global Top 20 for the quality of our scientific research, and is ranked first in the world for its research in nanoscience, second in computer science and in immunology, third in animal and dairy science, and fifth in materials science.  It is vital that we continue to foster further innovation and STEM industries by encouraging the general public, and in particular our young people, to have an understanding and appreciation of the role of STEM in our society.”

These projects complement current Science Foundation Ireland ones such as Science Week, Smart Futures and work carried out by the 12 Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres nationwide to engage and inspire the public in STEM.


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Maynooth University to be central hub for 5G and IoT testing

Maynooth University to be central hub for 5G and IoT testing

As part of the CONNECT national research centre for telecommunications, Maynooth University is to be the site of a new national radio test facility with aims of developing devices for 5G connectivity and the internet of things (IoT).

The opening of the Maynooth University centre is included among the 21 research projects funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), with €538,000 being made available to help build the facility.

It is envisioned that the centre – to be called RadioSpace – will cost in the region of €750,000 to construct and, once completed, the facility will provide a large-scale, interference-free facility that will allow scientists and engineers from industry and universities to develop new 5G communications technology.

Vice-president for research at Maynooth University, Prof Bernard Mahon, said of the successful funding:

“This is a real boost for Kildare and the Leinster region. Until now, telecommunications and IoT companies have had to travel to Britain or Europe to use this sort of facility. By building RadioSpace in Maynooth, we will support established and emerging companies to test devices in Ireland.”

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€50m investment for digital research centre

€50m investment for digital research centre

The Government has announced this morning a €50m expansion of the ADAPT Research Centre for Digital Content Technology at Trinity College, Dublin, in a move that could make Ireland a world leader in the next generation of digital content creation.

The ADAPT centre is to receive just under half of its funding from the Department of Jobs through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), with the balance of €26m coming from 19 industry partners.

ADAPT will focus on developing next-generation digital content technologies that aim to enhance people’s lives by helping to analyse, personalise and deliver digital content more effectively for businesses and individuals.

The centre will see 200 highly skilled postgraduate students trained over the next six years, and those behind it predicts the investment will lead to the setting up of spin-out companies which themselves will create 300 highly skilled jobs.

The new centre is to be led from Trinity College Dublin with researchers from Dublin City University, University College Dublin and DIT also involved.

The director of ADAPT and professor of Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin, Vincent Wade, reminded about the work carried out in the centre :

“ADAPT is a unique research centre focused on the entire value chain of content – from dynamically extracting the meaning from global content streams and translating across language barriers, to personalising the content delivery and facilitating advanced user interaction. Using its world leading expertise, ADAPT is researching new ways for enterprises and individuals to rapidly gain advantage in the competitive global digital marketplace.”

ADAPT is the latest of 12 world class research centres being established here by SFI to launch, and already works with industry partners from large multinationals such as Intel, PayPal, and Huawei, to SMEs such as Air Learning, Iconic and Xanadu, and plans to work with other industry partners to diversify and strengthen its research.

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