In Ireland, BD Medical currently operates an R&D facility and three manufacturing sites, including its facility at Dun Laoghaire.
There has been a BD Medical site in Dun Laoghaire since 1969 – initially manufacturing a range of syringes. In 1996, the site began also manufacturing pen needles, an insulin injection system for the treatment of diabetes.
By 2007, the site had stopped syringe manufacture and now solely produces pen needles, operating 11 different pen needle lines.
Activities: Medical Devices – Manufacturing
Employees in Dublin: 300
Jabil works with healthcare companies from around the world to design and manufacture medical products.
Previously Nypro Healthcare, Jabil has operated in Bray since 1980 and the site is now the company’s European Centre of Excellence. At this facility, they work on a range of activities such as proof of concept, prototyping, supporting clinical trials, and validation – leading to full manufacturing.
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Activities: Medical Devices – Medical Imaging
Employees in Dublin: 450
Siemens is the biggest engineering company in Europe covering sectors including energy, industry, and healthcare. The healthcare division – Siemens Healthineers – focuses on equipment for medical imaging, clinical IT, and lab diagnostics.
Siemens has over 600 employees across Ireland including staff in headquarters and sales roles. Siemens Healthineers has a manufacturing plant for diagnostic equipment in Swords, Dublin that is described as a “state of the art manufacturing facility producing and supporting complex medical diagnostics analysers for a worldwide market.”
Activities: Health Care and Medical Devices and Assemblies
Employees in Dublin: 650
West Pharmaceutical Services design and produce “integrated containment and delivery systems for injectable medicines”. They work closely with biotechnology, medtech, and pharmaceutical companies to develop and manufacture these systems for new products.
West has had a site in Dublin since 2005. The Mulhaddart facility offers a “single-source solution” by performing design, development, and manufacturing activities. The facilities here were recently expanded to increase manufacturing capacity.
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Alexion has operated a site in Blanchardstown, Dublin since 2013. This has previously housed the Global Supply Chain and Operations Headquarters, as well as a packaging and warehousing plant.
In 2015, the company announced a €450m investment to build a new large-scale biologics manufacturing facility on the site. This was the company’s first biologics manufacturing site outside of the US. At the time, this was the single biggest investment a pharmaceutical company had made in Ireland.
In 2020, Alexion’s College Park site in Dublin was named Pharma Industry Company of the Year.
Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) has had a presence in Ireland for the last 50 years. In Dublin, the company now operates a Biologics Manufacturing site (in Cruiserath) and an External Manufacturing Division.
Construction of the Cruiserath Biologics Manufacturing site began after a €720m investment in 2015. Operations started in 2018 and the site now employs 400 people. This is the company’s first biologics manufacturing facility outside of the US. The facility is highly flexible – it is initially manufacturing a single product at a time, moving to 3-5 campaigns per year.
The Cruiserath operation was certified as a “Great Place to Work” in 2017, as well as ranking 5th in the “Best Large Workplaces in Ireland 2018”.
Take a look inside Bristol Myers Squibb’s Dublin manufacturing site…
Activities: BioPharma – Biologics Manufacturing
Employees in Dublin: 650
Leo’s Dublin manufacturing site was established in 1959. The Finished Goods Manufacturing site manufactures dermatology products for global distribution. The factory operates 24 hours a day, 5 days per week (’24/5’) and produces approximately 72 million units per year. Products manufactured here include topical creams, gels, ointments, and gauze.
There are also commercial activities based in the Dublin site.
Pfizer has a range of commercial and business sites in Dublin, but it also has the Grange Castle manufacturing site.
Pfizer’s Grange Castle site is one of the company’s leading biotechnology manufacturing sites and represents the company’s single biggest investment in Ireland (€1.8bn). Opened in 2005, the facilities cover more than 1 million square feet.
Grange Castle is responsible for producing a wide range of biologics and vaccines (including finished vaccine products in pre-filled syringes). The site also manufactures products for clinical trials.
The Quality Control laboratories in Grange Castle provide support to other Pfizer manufacturing sites around the world. There are significant research and development activities in laboratories here as well.
In January 2018, SK Biotek bought the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient manufacturing facility site in Swords formally owned by BMS. In doing so, it became the first South Korean pharmaceutical company to invest in Ireland. The site’s 360 staff become SK Biotek employees.
The company has plans to develop a stand-alone Contract Development Manufacturing Organisation. It will also add to the manufacturing capabilities of the site, and develop R&D activities.
Take a look inside SK Biotek’s Swords manufacturing facility…
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