Boston Scientific in Ireland
Boston Scientific established a presence in Ireland in 1994 and is now the largest life science employer in the country.
They currently employ approximately 6,500 people in manufacturing sites in Cork, Galway and Tipperary. These sites produce devices including stents, catheters and pacemakers.
Within these 3 sites combined, Boston Scientific manufactures approximately 12 million medical devices every year.
Overall rating by their employees 2022 (source):
Boston Scientific in Cork
- Employees in Cork: 1200
- Activities: Medical device manufacturing
The Boston Scientific manufacturing site in Cork has been operational since 1998 and today, it manufactures a range of medical devices including catheters, occlusion coils and inflation devices.
In 2016, the facility was awarded the prestigious Shingo Prize – an annual award given to recognise excellence in manufacturing.
The Cork Chamber Awards named Boston Scientific “Cork Company of the Year” in 2018 and at the time of that award, the company estimated that “seven patients a minute are treated with products shipped by Boston Scientific Cork”.
In 2021, the company announced a €30m investment in the site. The research, development, and innovation (RD&I) investment is expected to add 70 new jobs to the site and diversify the range of devices developed and manufactured there.
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Boston Scientific in Galway
- Employees in Galway: 3,800
- Activities: Medical device manufacturing, R&D and regulatory affairs
Boston Scientific has had its manufacturing site in Galway since 1994. More than just being the company’s largest site in Ireland, it’s actually their largest manufacturing site in the world.
Over 4 million devices are manufactured here every year with product lines including structural heart valves, self expanding stents and drug-eluting stents.
The Galway site is also the company’s European Innovation Centre and in 2017, a €17m investment was announced to launch a new “RoadRunner” endoscopy design facility.
In this video, “Smart Futures” talk to two biomedical engineers at Boston Scientific’s Galway plant…
In 2019, the company unveiled a new development and customer support building after a €60m investment.
In April 2022, the company announced an investment of €100m to add additional manufacturing capacity within the Galway site. The 40,000 sq ft of new manufacturing space will be carbon-neutral, powered by renewable energy. It’s estimated that this will eventually lead to another 300+ jobs, bringing the total workforce in Galway to over 4000.
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Boston Scientific in Tipperary
- Employees in Tipperary: 1000
- Activities: Medical device manufacturing, R&D
Boston Scientific opened their Tipperary site in 1999. They describe the site as …
“at the forefront of some of the industry’s most complex medical devices.”
Staff there develop and manufacture defibrillators, pacemakers, spinal cord stimulators and deep-brain stimulators. In 2023, the company estimated that the treatment of more than 400,000 patients every year is supported using devices manufactured in the Clonmel site.
The R&D team based there also create “high-end electronic devices and software solutions for multiple divisions across the Boston Scientific network”.
In May 2023, the company announced an €80 million investment to extend manufacturing, R&D, and progress towards sustainability goals. The expansion is expected to create 400 new jobs at the site over the next 3-years.