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Galway’s MedTech Industry at a Glance

  • Over 10,700 people directly employed in Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Manufacturing
  • Home to manufacturing sites for 3 of the world’s top 15 medical device companies
  • More than 25 companies have manufacturing sites in the county

Galway consistently ranks in the top 4 counties for available Pharmaceutical and Medical Device jobs in Ireland. Click here to see the current Pharmaceutical and Medical Device jobs in Galway.

Read on to find out more…

Map of Ireland Showing 56,000 Pharmaceutical Medical Device Employees Broken Down By County

We are continually updating this page and try hard to keep this information as accurate as possible. But if you know of a company we’ve missed or see data that needs correction, please contact us.

Pharma & Medical Device Job Announcements in Galway

There have been several investments and job announcements in Galway recently. Some of the most significant include:

  • Chanelle Group announced an additional 350 jobs by 2023 with an investment of €86m
  • Aran Biomedical is creating 150 new jobs at their manufacturing facility Spiddal
  • In December 2020, Cambus Medical announced a €1.9m investment in their Galway site bringing 40 new jobs 

Top Medical Device Manufacturing Companies in Galway

Boston Scientific

  • Activities: Medical Devices – Stents & Catheters
  • Employees in Galway: 3800

Boston Scientific is the 13th biggest MedTech company in the world (based on 2019 revenue).

The Galway manufacturing site was established in 1994 and is now the company’s biggest site in Ireland. It is also Boston Scientific’s largest manufacturing facility globally and produces over 4 million devices a year. Products include catheters, biliary stents, and drug-eluting stents.

In 2015, Boston Scientific was the 14th highest exporting company in Ireland, exporting products worth €4.1 billion.

The Galway site is also the company’s European Innovation Centre. 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…

Creganna Medical

  • Activities: Medical Devices – Delivery & Access Devices
  • Employees in Galway: 1000

Creganna was established in Ireland in 1979 and entered the medical device industry in 1998. By 2003, medical devices were the sole focus of the company. Today, Creganna Medical specialises in the design and manufacture of delivery and access devices, as an outsourcing solution for many of the world’s top medical device companies.

In 2017, a $13m investment in the Galway site was announced by parent company TE Connectivity.

Medtronic

  • Activities: Medical Devices – Respiratory Monitoring
  • Employees in Galway: 2000

Medtronic is the biggest MedTech company in the world (based on 2019 revenue) and they research, develop and manufacture medical devices, with a focus on chronic conditions. Every 5 seconds a patient’s life is saved or improved by a Medtronic product.

Medtronic has had a presence in Galway since 1999. The Global Manufacturing and Technology Development Centre is now a centre of excellence within the company – combining research, development, and manufacturing.

In 2015, Medtronic was the 3rd highest exporting company in Ireland, exporting products worth €16.7 billion. In 2016, the company won Medtech Company of the Year at the Irish Medtech Awards.

The next year, Medtronic purchased Galway-based Crospon Limited – a medical device company with a focus on gastrointestinal disorders. Most recently, in late 2018, the company was given permission to expand its Galway campus with a two-storey extension.

In this video, you can hear more about why Medtronic chooses Ireland, as well as the operations in Galway.

Merit Medical

  • Activities: Medical Devices – Guide Wires & Inflation Devices
  • Employees in Galway: 1000

Merit Medical has had a presence in Ireland since 1993.

The company is headquartered in Galway and now has two facilities in the county (after a $25m investment in a new site in 2012), which carry out research and development activities as well as manufacturing over 9 million devices per year.

Merit Medical was awarded Medtech Company of the Year 2018, at the Irish Medtech Awards.

Viatris (previously Mylan)

  • Activities: Medical Devices – Vial & Syringe Aseptic Filling
  • Employees in Galway: 250

In 2010, Mylan purchased the Bioniche Life Science vial and syringe ascetic filling facility.

In 2012, the company announced an annual investment of up to €76m for 5 years as it expanded both its Dublin and Galway facilities.

The Galway site became Mylan Teoranta in early 2013.

By the end of 2015, the company had expanded the manufacturing, packaging, and quality control capabilities of the site.

Viatris was formed in 2020 after a merger between Mylan and Upjohn.

The Galway site now produces two devices containing hyaluronic acid, in vial and syringe format. One is used to treat interstitial cystitis and one is used to treat muscular and skeletal inflammation and pain. These products are exported to countries around the world (but not the USA).

Zimmer Biomet

  • Activities: Medical Devices – Orthopaedic Devices
  • Employees in Galway: 210

Zimmer Biomet is the 15th biggest MedTech company in the world (based on 2019 revenue).

The company has had a presence in Ireland since 2007, with a manufacturing site in County Clare.

In 2015, the company announced a €51m investment to build a second manufacturing site for orthopedic implants, in Galway. The new site was predicted to create 250 jobs over the following five years.

Check out this video for a look inside Zimmer Biomet’s Galway facility…

You can also see more about the Galway site’s “Made as if intended for my family” philosophy here…

Top Pharmaceutical Companies in Galway

Chanelle Group

Activities: Generic Pharmaceutical Products

Employees in Galway: 340

Chanelle Pharma is the largest Irish-owned generic pharmaceutical manufacturer, producing both human and veterinary medicines. The company’s Irish-made products are exported to over 90 countries.

Chantelle Pharma was awarded Pharma Project of the Year at the 2016 Irish Pharma Awards. They went on to win Pharma Company of the Year at the 2018 awards – the first indigenous Irish company to do so.

In September 2018, Chanelle Pharma opened a new €10m manufacturing facility at their Galway site to produce Spot On, an anti-parasite treatment for cats and dogs. At the same time, they announced a further €86m investment which is expected to create 350 new jobs at the site over the next 5 years. Part of that investment is to build a facility that will produce liquid and paste products for the US market. 

Find out more about Chanelle’s Galway-based operations in this video…

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