BD announces plans for new R&D facility in Ireland
More than 200 high-tech positions will be located in new Limerick facility
BD, a leading global medical technology company focused on advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care, has announced its plans to open a new research and development (R&D) Centre of Excellence and Innovation in Limerick.
The new R&D Centre, located in the North Technology Park of Limerick, will house more than 200 high-tech positions and bring 100 new jobs to the city. BD expects their new facility, currently undergoing renovations, to be a showcase of scientific innovation and a state-of-the-art work environment.
The site’s initial focus is on product and software development, clinical research instrumentation and prototype development, primarily for the company’s Life Sciences businesses. BD is currently hiring Scientists; Mechanical, Electrical and Software Engineers; and Systems and Test Engineers.
The new Centre is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland.
Ellen Strahlman, MD, MHSc, Executive Vice President R&D and Chief Medical Officer for BD recently shared: “Ireland is an important part of our growth plans, and the Limerick Centre of Excellence and Innovation is foundational in our objective to build an agile, world-class global organization to deliver an R&D portfolio that drives growth. This will require significant hiring of R&D associates, collaboration with local universities and the development of new technical capabilities.
“Areas served by activities and products arising from our new R&D Centre of Excellence will include the fields of microbiology and molecular biology, clinical and cellular research analysis, and industrial microbiology.
“Customers will include hospitals, laboratories and clinics, reference laboratories, industrial laboratories, physicians’ office practices, alternate site health care, academic and government institutions, and research facilities. Limerick will be very important for our strategic growth.”
At a recent event, Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor shared: "The Life Sciences sector makes a huge contribution to the Irish economy in terms of jobs and exports, and is one of our fastest growing sectors. BD’s decision to open this new Research and Development Centre of Excellence is a great vote of confidence in Ireland and brings an additional 100 high quality jobs to Limerick. Every job created has a positive impact on a family and wider community. This new project builds on our existing cluster of Life Sciences companies in this region and is very welcome. The Mid West has a very skilled talent pool and this amongst other benefits is attracting some of the big players to the region. I wish BD's team every success for the future.”
Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland was also quoted as saying: “I’m delighted to see BD expand its operations in Limerick, establishing its first Centre of Excellence in Ireland at the National Technology Park. It’s a strong endorsement of Limerick and the Mid West region as an excellent location for global Med Tech companies. The 100 new jobs being created will be a significant boost for the city and region. I wish BD every success with this new project.”
BD has invested significantly in Irish Jobs and the Irish economy since 1964 with two sites in Drogheda and Dun Laoghaire, employing more than 500 people in highly skilled positions. With the recent acquisition of GenCell Biosystems Limited in Limerick, the number of BD employees in Ireland has risen to nearly 600.
For more information on BD, and careers on offer please visit bdcareers.ie.