Thursday 23 November 2017

Ambitious R&D project to generate 282 posts

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

ALMOST 300 jobs will be announced next week as part of an ambitious project to build what has been described as a world-leading pharmaceutical research and development centre in Tralee, Co Kerry.

On March 16, five major firms will announce that they will create 282 jobs over a 15-month period. The move marks the first phase of a potential €4.5bn investment in a project that might ultimately see 4,500 jobs brought to Kerry.

Pat Barry, the chief executive of Pharmadel, the Cork-headquartered firm that's promoting the Global Pharmaceutical Centre of Excellence (GPCE) project, told the Irish Independent that recruitment to fill the positions was likely to start immediately.

He said he was unable at this stage to reveal the names of the companies but said they were all well-recognised firms within the pharmaceutical sector. The chief executives of the companies are understood to be planning to visit Ireland to coincide with the announcement.

Mr Barry said that other companies had also now expressed "strong interest" in establishing a presence at the facility.

He added that a planning application for what would be an extensive campus was likely to be lodged next month, or in May at the latest.

At the moment, the GPCE is operating from one building in the town. Government funding is not being sought at this stage.

Irish Independent

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