Pharmaceutical company PPD (Pharmaceutical Product Development) has announced that 180 jobs are to be created at its Athlone laboratory as it plans to increase the size of the facility.
The jobs will be created over a three-year period as the company plans to add cell and gene therapy testing to its services.
This expansion, which is being supported by IDA Ireland, comes as the company meets growing customer demand from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. PPD, which currently employs nearly 300 highly skilled scientists and project managers, also has operations in China, the United States, Belgium and Singapore.
While commenting on the company’s commitment to the Midlands region, Chief Executive Officer at IDA Ireland Martin Shannahan stated, “It will allow the company to avail itself of the rich talent pool that exists in the Midlands and will provide an economic and employment boost to the local and wider Midlands region,”.