18/12/2008

Athlone Wins Pharmaceutical Jobs

An American pharmaceutical research company have announced some 200 jobs for Co Westmeath.

According to reports this morning the company, Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), is to open a base at the IDA Garrycastle Business and Technology Park in Athlone.

Executives from PPD will be in Athlone this morning to confirm details of the jobs.

The firm employs over 8,000 workers in 27 countries, coordinating clinical trials for top drug manufacturers.

The news comes as the Tanaiste Mary Coughlan announces €45.7million over five years, through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

Minister Coughlan said: "From its inception, the SFI CSET programme has been designed to facilitate the creation of internationally-competitive, large-scale research centres.

"The funding announced today will directly support almost 200 researchers, graduate students and others in a well-structured and wholly-collaborative environment between now and 2013."

Taoiseach Brian Cowen will formally announce the new Athlone jobs later this morning.

Recruitment of staff for the new operation will get under way next year.

(DW)

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