Saturday 17 August 2019

Teckro to create 45 new jobs in Dublin

 

Teckro chief executive Gary Hughes
Teckro chief executive Gary Hughes
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

The Limerick-based clinical trials startup Teckro has announced 45 new jobs in Dublin as part of a doubling of its staff globally.

The company, which manages clinical trials for pharmaceutical and biotech businesses, currently employs more than 110 staff in Limerick, Dublin and Nashville, Tennessee.

Its new jobs investment comes as the company looks to develop more products.

The technical jobs will be in engineering, data science, design and product management, the company says.

The firm, which was founded in 2015 by brothers Gary and Nigel Hughes and CTO Jacek Skrzypiec, provides solutions to simplify and modernise clinical research for leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

Its founders say that it is currently managing more than 100 clinical trials and is being used by more than 11,800 study sites worldwide.

Earlier this year, the company announced a Series C funding round from major US venture capital firms, including Founders Fund, Bill Maris's Section 32, Borealis Ventures, Northpond Ventures and Sands Capital Ventures.

Its total funding was $43m (€38m), making it one of the fastest-growing venture-backed companies developing products in Ireland.

"Although technology has revolutionised so many industries, the experience of participating in a clinical trial if you are a doctor, research nurse or patient has not changed in the last two decades," said Gary Hughes, co-founder and chief executive.

"The industry still heavily relies on paper and inefficient processes. We want to simplify the process and make clinical trials more accessible for everyone involved. We are looking for talented people, especially in technical roles."

Teckro is the second startup founded in Ireland by the Hughes brothers, whose previous business, Firecrest Clinical, was sold to Nasdaq-listed clinical research giant ICON in 2011.

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