Sunday 17 December 2017

APC announce 50 new jobs in food and medicine research

Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, TD Photo credit; Damien Eagers
Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, TD Photo credit; Damien Eagers
Michael Cogley

Michael Cogley

The Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) has announced 50 new jobs in the food and medicine research sector in Cork.

The company say that the new jobs have arisen largely from its ability to attract new industrial partnerships that were leveraged from Science Foundation Ireland funding.

Speaking at the announcement of the new jobs, Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence Simon Coveney praised APC for its ability to provide new jobs.

"Government policy is directed at funding research and development to create high-tech job opportunities, and APC is to be commended for the fact that it is now providing direct employment for 140 researchers," the minister said. The director of the APC Microbiome Institute, Professor Fergus Shanahan, said APC has established new relationships with companies who had no affiliation with Ireland before.

"We now partner with eight global corporations with a broad footprint in Ireland accounting for in excess of 7,000 jobs. In addition, APC has established partnerships with nine international companies with no prior relationship with Ireland," Prof Shanahan said.

The announcement comes after revealed new partnerships with Janssen Biotech, Second Genome and 4D Pharma.

These are in addition to the 12 companies that APC already partners with from national and international food, pharmaceutical and diagnostic sectors.

Irish Independent

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