BioMarin to invest €40m at Cork plant as it creates 51 jobs

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A LEADING drugs firm has confirmed a €40m investment at its Cork plant with the creation of 51 jobs.

BioMarin unveiled plans to develop a new drug product filling facility at its plant at Shanbally outside Ringaskiddy in Co Cork.

The investment will bring BioMarin’s workforce to more than 400 people at Shanbally.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said it was further proof of the attractive nature of Ireland for industrial investment.

BioMarin envisages that the investment will allow it to cope with the global demand for treatments for rare genetic disorders impacting children.

“This announcement is an exciting development for BioMarin, a company which has thrived in the Cork biopharmaceutical cluster,” Minister Coveney said.

“This investment will not only bring opportunities for regional employment, but also positive knock-on effects for the local economy.

“It demonstrates the success of the Government’s commitment under the Regional Action Plans for Jobs to provide quality jobs in regional locations.

“I congratulate BioMarin on its success to date and look forward to welcoming future announcements as it continues to further develop its plant here in Cork.”

Planning for the new BioMarin facility will be lodged with Cork County Council within weeks.

BioMarin’s executive vice- president Robert Baffi said it was an exciting development for the firm.

“The introduction of fill finish capacity at Shanbally provides for fully integrated manufacturing, from bulk to drug product onsite,” he said. “This expansion assures that an increasing amount of our commercial products will be manufactured at the site.”

The news was welcomed by IDA Ireland.

Meanwhile, homecare provider Bluebird Care is to create 450 jobs in its 26 offices around the country.

The roles being created are both full and part-time.

The jobs will vary from clinical nurse managers to care assistants, and will add to the group’s 1,800 employees already in place.

“We are committed to providing high-quality, safe and effective care in our client’s own home which is, more often than not, their preferred place of care,” Brian MacGoey, MD of Bluebird Care, said.

“Our unique and dynamic working environment allows for rewarding and flexible employment opportunities for potential key staff. With this in mind, we are delighted to begin recruiting caring and compassionate people to join the Bluebird Care team.”

Yesterday’s announcement comes on the back of the company securing tenders to provide care for older people in all nine community healthcare organisations across Ireland.

Bluebird Care was set up in Ireland in 2007 to provide accessible, quality, safe care for individuals of all ages and varying degrees of ability.

As well as providing care for older people, the company also provides care for children and adults with complex care needs.

In its annual report last year the company reported growth of 20pc

Irish Independent

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