The US-headquartered Alexion Pharmaceuticals is to build a new biologics manufacturing facility in Athlone, alongside its existing site.
Biologic treatments are developed by isolating naturally occurring sugars, proteins or other genetic material as opposed to chemically synthesised drugs.
“Ireland is a key location for Alexion’s global operations and we are committed to further developing our manufacturing facilities in the country to support increasing production needs of our highly innovative and life-transforming therapies.”
Julie O’Neill, Alexion’s Executive Vice President of Global Operations
Alexion first came to Athlone in 2014 and the current site there houses a vial fill-finish facility.
Alexion is also currently constructing a large-scale bulk biologics manufacturing facility at its Dublin site in College Park.
Between its facilities in Athlone and College Park, Alexion currently employs over 250 people in Ireland, and expects to continue to grow to almost 500 employees by the end of 2019.
Alexion has announced investments totalling €600 million in Ireland since 2014.
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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