Boston Scientific in €60m Ballybrit boost
Medical devices maker Boston Scientific has unveiled a €60m expansion including a new Equipment Technology Centre at its Ballybrit site in Galway.
The US company has 3,700-strong work force in Galway, having originally opened the plant there in 1994 with fewer than 30 employees.
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The company employs a further 2,000 in Ireland at its other plants in Clonmel and Cork.
Boston Scientific chairman and CEO Mike Mahoney formally opened the new building, alongside James Lyons, vice president of Galway operations which will be the base for 250 workers, a mix of existing employees and new hires.
Mr Mahoney credited the Galway site with "playing a key role in products in areas such as interventional cardiology, endoscopy and peripheral interventions".
Endoscopy is a diagnostic tool that allows a doctor to see inside a patient's body without surgery and, in tandem with other technologies, to take biopsy tissues or deliver local treatments.
Peripheral interventions involve non-invasive treatments of peripheral artery disease, deep vein thrombosis and many other conditions.