Minister Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has announced that Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) is to apply for planning permission to establish a state-of-the art, biopharmaceutical production facility within a 11.88 hectare site, previously owned by Dell in the Raheen Business Park, Limerick. This project supported by the Department of Jobs through IDA Ireland, which has worked with the company for the past four years to attract it to invest in Ireland, has also been welcomed by Minister Noonan to Limerick.
“Regeneron’s decision to locate this strategically important investment here is a clear endorsement of Ireland’s recognised strengths in the pharma and BioPharma field. BioPharma companies like Regeneron are currently developing and manufacturing the “next generation” of medicines. This activity represents the cutting edge of innovative drug development and requires skilled, highly qualified staff. This announcement is a reflection of the attractiveness of Limerick and the Mid-West region to leading global investors. Regeneron joins a thriving life science sector in the region which offers excellent employment opportunities and makes a substantial”.
Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland
Subject to planning approval from the local authority, the company expects to employ up to 300 people by the end of 2016, including scientists, engineers, technicians and administrative personnel. The proposed $300 million investment programme will involve the major refurbishment of existing buildings on the site (vacant since 2009) and the construction of a quality control laboratory, which will transform the site into a world-class biopharmaceutical campus. Subject to a successful permit, construction and refurbishment is anticipated to begin in 2014 for a two-year period, generating up to 600 temporary construction jobs for local contractors.
“Ireland has a highly educated work force and a strong biopharma industry while the Irish Government has an unparalleled commitment to education and training for pharmaceutical manufacturing, quality assurance, quality control and supply logistics. We hope to work with the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT) and are already in discussions with the universities and colleges in Limerick about future possibilities. We see Limerick as a good place to do business – the area has excellent educational institutes, a strong community spirit and a solid transport infrastructure. We are grateful to IDA Ireland for its support in helping us secure this facility and we look forward to playing an active role in Ireland’s biopharma sector and building strong relationships with key stakeholders.”
Daniel Van Plew, Regeneron’s Senior VP & GM of Industrial Operations and Product Supply
Welcoming the announcement, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD said;
“Sustaining and building on Ireland’s strong track record in pharmaceuticals is a key objective of our Action Plan for Jobs. In recent years despite global difficulties employment in the sector in Ireland has been growing. Today’s announcement that subject to planning permission, Regeneron plans to establish a major operation in Limerick with the creation of 300 jobs is another significant jobs boost for the sector and for the city. With Regeneron confirming its intention to establish operations in Ireland, IDA Ireland with the support of my Department has now secured nine of the top ten global BioPharma companies to locate major facilities in Ireland. I am determined to build on this and secure further announcements like this over the coming months.”
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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