MSD was founded in 1891 and has grown to be the world’s seventh-largest pharmaceutical company. With headquarters in New Jersey, USA, they have operations in over 140 countries. MSD produce a wide range of products including vaccines and prescription medications for diseases including diabetes, HIV, hepatitis C, oncology, and osteoporosis. Within the US and Canada the company is known as Merck & Co.
They have so far invested over $4 billion in the country, developing six sites across five counties – Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Meath and Tipperary. Today, they employ approximately 2,800 in Ireland and export products made there to over 60 countries.
The company’s annual turnover makes them one of Ireland’s top 20 companies.
In 2022, MSD were announced as one of the “25 Best Places to Work in Ireland” by LinkedIn.
The Carlow facility performs filling of vaccines, biologics and small molecule drug products. It was the company’s first “stand-alone vaccine and biologics facility” outside the US.
In 2022, the company announced significant investment in their Carlow site to build a new manufacturing facility. The facility will focus on “production of next generation oncology biologics” and its introduction is expected to lead to 100 new jobs. Recruitment for those roles is already underway and production is expected to begin in 2025.
MSD began operations in Dunboyne, Meath in September 2020. The site is the company’s first “Biologics Drug Substance single use commercialisation facility”. The combination of research and manufacturing teams within the site is expected to reduce the time it takes the company to get products to market.
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MSD’s Ballydine, Tipperary site was established in 1976 and was the company’s first manufacturing site in Ireland.
The facilities here allow for development and manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients and finished pharmaceutical products. The company describes the site as their “primary small molecule pipeline commercialisation facility globally” as well as “a European hub for quality, manufacturing, and engineering”. Products manufactured here are exported to 25 countries around the world (primarily throughout Europe, the USA and Japan).
In addition, the capability for formulation activities means that work on approximately 20 products in the MSD pipeline (i.e. currently in development) happens at the Ballydine site.
In 2022, MSD opened Ireland’s largest “self-generation solar project” at the site. The company is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2025 and this development means that approximately 20% of the Ballydine site’s power will come from renewable sources.
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