New jobs on the horizon at pharma firm's Dublin HQ
US Biopharmaceutical company Horizon Pharma announced 40 new jobs as it officially opened its new global corporate headquarters in Dublin yesterday.
The jobs will be rolled out at the offices in Connaught House, in Dublin's Burlington Road, over the next three years. Twenty people are already employed there. Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who attended the opening, said the country's reputation as a location for investment in the life sciences has been boosted by the announcement.
"Attracting companies like Horizon Pharma to establish and create jobs in Ireland is one of the Government's key missions as we work to secure the recovery and ensure that more people begin to feel the benefits in their daily lives."
He also said that 80,000 jobs had been created since 2012, with a target set of another 40,000 new jobs.
The Taoiseach also said that the Government is putting in place a national talent drive to boost ICT graduates by 60pc, and has also set a target to double the number of patents and designs registered.
Horizon is a speciality Biopharmaceutical company focused on identifying, developing and commercialising products.
Timothy Walbert, Horizon chief executive, said the opening was a significant milestone in the company's development.
"We are very impressed with the economic progress Ireland has made in recent years and we believe the outlook for the economy is very positive."
Horizon bought Dublin-based Vidara Therapeutics International in a reverse merger last year.
Mr Walbert said the access to a talented workforce is better in Ireland than anywhere else in Europe. He also suggested there was a tax advantage.