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Friday 6 December 2019

PPD to create 250 new Athlone jobs

Pharmaceutical company PPD has pledged to create 250 jobs at its new contract research facility in Athlone.

The facility, which was officially opened today, will see 50 of those jobs now coming on line.

The Pharmaceutical firm is a leading global contract research organisation (CRO) providing discovery and development services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device companies and academic and government agencies.

Clients of the firm include almost all of the world’s top 50 pharmaceutical companies and more than 250 biotechnology, small pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Speaking at the opening of the new facility, Taoiseach, Brian Cowen said, "I am delighted to be here in Athlone today for the opening of PPD’s new contract research facility which will create up to 250 high quality jobs in the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors."

"PPD is a most welcome addition to the Midlands Life Science’s cluster and I look forward to a long lasting and mutually beneficial relationship between PPD and this region."

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