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Jobs in Waterford’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industries

Currently, there are over 4,000 people directly employed by Pharmaceutical and Medical Device companies in Waterford. Many more are employed indirectly.

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

Top Medical Device Companies in Waterford

Bausch & Lomb

Activities: Medical Devices – Contact Lenses

Employees in Waterford: 1350

Bausch & Lomb has had a manufacturing facility in Waterford since 1980. Today, the plant is the company’s biggest manufacturing site in the world, and the company is now the biggest private sector employer in the county.

The Waterford plant supports research and development, as well as manufacturing of contact lenses and surgical products. There is also a pharmaceutical manufacturing area within the site.

Between 2015 and 2017, the company invested $200m in the Waterford plant, leading to 300 new jobs.

And in 2018, Bausch & Lomb announced a further expansion to the site with the additional of multiple production lines to support the manufacture of daily disposable contact lenses. This is expected to create 100 new jobs at the site by 2021.

Check out this videos from IDA Ireland about Bausch & Lomb’s Waterford operations…

Nypro Healthcare

Activities: Medical Devices – Advanced Respiratory & Injectable Devices

Employees in Waterford: 150

Nypro’s Waterford plant manufactures respiratory and injectable devices for pharmaceutical customers. The site uses “state of the art injection moulding processes and integrated complex automated assembly lines within cleanroom manufacturing environments.”

Nypro has had manufacturing site in Wicklow since 1980. It was it 2013, that the company announced its investment in Waterford.

Check out this video from the day the announcement was made…

Top Pharmaceutical Companies in Waterford


Activities: Pharma & Healthcare – Manufacturing

Employees in Waterford: 750

GSK is the 6th biggest Pharma company in the world (based on 2017 revenue).

The company produces a wide range of products, including pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and consumer healthcare products.

GSK’s Waterford site has been manufacturing consumer healthcare products for over 30 years. It produces over 7 billion Panadol tablets every year (equivalent of 200 tablets per second) – which are then exported to over 70 countries.

The site employs about 10% of the Dungarvan’s population. In 2017, GSK announced the opening of a purpose-built biomass energy facility at the site. The facility will use locally sourced wood chips to create carbon-neutral fuel. This is expected to reduce carbon emissions at the site by up to a third.

Check out this video for more information and a look inside GSK’s Waterford site…

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Activities: Medical Devices – Respiratory Products

Employees in Waterford: 730

Teva is the 15th biggest Pharma company in the world (based on 2017 revenue).

Teva’s Waterford site researches, develops, and manufactures respiratory devices (inhalers). In total, it produces approximately 60 million branded and generic inhalers every year, which are then exported to over 30 countries around them world.


Activities: Pharma & Healthcare – Manufacturing

Employees in Waterford: 700

Sanofi is the 5th biggest Pharma company in the world (based on 2017 revenue).

The current Waterford site began initially as Genzyme in 2001. In 2011, Genzyme was bought by Sanofi and in 2016, the site changed its name to Sanofi Waterford.

Today, the plant operates 24 hours a day, 7 days per week producing a wide range of products including the insulin product, Lantus.

Over €200m has been invested in the Waterford plant over the last 5 years.

In March 2019, Sanofi was awarded “Overall Waterford Business of the Year” at the Waterford Business Awards.

Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories

Activities: Pharma & BioPharma – Laboratory Services

Employees in Waterford: 250

Sanofi is the 5th biggest Pharma company in the world (based on 2017 revenue).

Eurofins provides laboratory services to the pharmaceutical industry – serving 18 of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies. The support services span both drug development and ongoing manufacturing.

The company has had a presence in the county since 2011.

In 2016, it announced an expansion of its Waterford site which will see the existing site extended and a second site built. This is expected to create 160 new roles by 2021 – bringing the total site employment to over 500.


Activities: Pharma – Packaging

Employees in Waterford: 150

West pharmaceutical services manufactures “integrated containment and delivery systems for injectable medicines”.

In 2018, West expanded its Waterford site. This facility will be a centre of excellence for West’s elastomeric laminate sheeting used in insulin pen injectors, as well as manufacturing other high-value finishing components.

Check out this video of West management talking about this investment in the Waterford area…


Activities: Pharma – Contract Manufacturing

Employees in Waterford: 120

EirGen has a purpose built high containment facility within its Waterford site. Here, it produces high potency solid dose products.

The company offers development and manufacturing opportunities with new active substances, upgrading formulation, and generics.

In 2016, the company announced 200 new jobs as part of an expansion of the current site and creation of a new development centre.

Check out this video for a look inside Eirgen’s Waterford plant and hear from the CEO…

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