Tuesday 15 October 2019

Boston Scientific unveils €60m expansion to mark 25th year in Galway

Mike Mahoney, the US-based CEO of Boston Scientific
Mike Mahoney, the US-based CEO of Boston Scientific

Shawn Pogatchnik

MEDICAL devices maker Boston Scientific has unveiled a €60m expansion including a new Equipment Technology Centre at its Ballybrit site in Galway as the US company keeps growing its 3,700-strong work force in the west.

Boston Scientific opened the three-storey product development and customer support building as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, which mark its 1994 arrival in Galway when fewer than 30 people were on the payroll.

About 800 employees attended today’s event alongside Mike Mahoney, chairman and chief executive, and James Lyons, vice president of Galway operations. Boston Scientific employs a further 2,000 people in Clonmel and Cork.

A spokeswoman for Boston Scientific said more than 250 workers based in the new building would be a mix of existing employees and new hires. Employment figures at the Ballybrit Business Park campus of Boston Scientific have grown rapidly over the past year, with 2018 staff levels reported at nearer 3,000.

IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan, who spoke at the ceremony, said Boston Scientific “is of enormous value to the economy of Galway and the wider west region.” He said the investment in new facilities demonstrates “the company’s continued focus on innovation and excellence in medical technology.”

Mr Mahoney told the town hall-style meeting: “Our highly skilled workforce has made a significant contribution to the development of many innovative medical solutions.” He 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. Interventional cardiology seeks to treat conditions affecting the heart, arteries and veins with minimal surgery, including the use of heart implants to reduce stroke risk and stents with bioabsorbable coatings.

Boston Scientific currently lists 10 job opportunities at its Ballybrit site. These include roles as manufacturing engineers and technicians with multiple openings each.

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