Dublin’s Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Industry at a Glance

  • Over 7,600 people directly employed in Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Manufacturing
  • Home to manufacturing sites for 4 of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies
  • More than 35 companies have manufacturing sites.

Dublin consistently ranks in the top 2 counties for available Pharmaceutical and MedTech jobs in Ireland. Click here to see current Pharmaceutical and MedTech jobs in Dublin.

Read on to find out more…

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

MedTech & Pharma Job Announcements in Dublin

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

  • Alexion announced 200 new jobs expected by 2020 as it builds its first biologics manufacturing site outside of the US
  • MSD (the 7th biggest pharma company in the world based on 2017 revenue) is creating 350 jobs by 2021 as it establishes MSD Biotech in Swords
  • Takeda is creating 70 new jobs by 2021 in a new regenerative medicine facility at its Dublin site

Top MedTech Companies in Dublin

BD Medical

  • Activities: Medical Device Manufacturing
  • Employees in Dublin: 480

BD is the 9th biggest MedTech company in the world (based on 2017 revenue). It operates in three distinct business segments – BD Medical, BD Diagnostics, and BD Biosciences.

In Ireland, BD Medical currently operates an R&D facility and 3 manufacturing sites, including their Dun Laoghaire facility.

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 diabetes treatment.

By 2007, the site had stopped syringe manufacture and now solely produces pen needles, operating 11 different pen needle lines.

Nypro Healthcare

  • Activities: Medical Device Manufacturing
  • Employees in Dublin:  300

Nypro Healthcare works with healthcare companies from around the world to design and manufacture medical products.

Nypro Healthcare has operated in Bray since 1980, the site is now the European Centre of Excellence for Nypro. 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.

Find out more about how the company activities have changed and developed over the years…

And take a look inside Nypro Healthcare in Ireland…

Siemens Healthineers

  • Activities:  Medical Devices – Medical Imaging
  • Employees in Dublin:  375

Siemens is the biggest engineering company in Europe covering sectors including energy, industry, and healthcare. The healthcare division – Siemens Healthineers – focus on equipment for medical imaging, clinical IT and lab diagnostics.

Siemens Healthineers is the 6th biggest MedTech company in the world (based on 2017 revenue).

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 “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:  600

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. This expansion was expected to deliver 100 new jobs between 2016 and 2020.

See inside West’s Contract Manufacturing…

Top Pharmaceutical Companies in Dublin


  • Activities: Pharma – Manufacturing
  • Employees in Dublin: 200 (& additional 200 expected by 2020)

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.

Allergan Pharmaceuticals

  • Activities:  Pharma – Manufacturing
  • Employees in Dublin:  400

In 2017, Allergan celebrated 40 years of operation in Ireland. In that time it had invested €610m, it marked the anniversary by announcing a further €42m investment to increase manufacturing capabilities.

Dublin is home to Allergan’s Global Headquarters as well as 2 manufacturing sites.


  • Activities:  BioPharma – Biologics Manufacturing
  • Employees in Dublin:  450

Amgen is the 13th biggest pharma company in the world (based on 2017 revenue). It has had operations in Ireland since the 90s. In Dublin specifically, they have a site in Dun Laoghaire and a site in Santry.

In Santry, 30 employees work in support services and clinical research.

The Dun Laoghaire aseptic manufacturing site was purchased by Amgen in 2011 and there have been several large investments to expand and modernise the site since then. Today it employs over 420 people and specialises in “secondary manufacturing activities: formulation, filling and lyophilisation of syringe and vial products”.

This is the primary manufacturing facility for Amgen’s lyophilised products around the world, and it provides 10-15% of syringe supply for all other products. It is one of two fill/finish facilities within the company so it plays an extremely important role in Amgen’s network.

Find out more about working for Amgen and take a look inside the Dublin manufacturing site…

Bristol-Myers Squibb

  • Activities:  BioPharma – Biologics Manufacturing
  • Employees in Dublin:  550 (& additional 400 expected by 2019)

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…

Leo Pharma

  • Activities:  BioPharma – Biologics Manufacturing
  • Employees in Dublin:  500

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.

Find out more about Leo’s Ireland operations…


  • Activities:  Pharma – Manufacturing
  • Employees in Dublin:  800

Mylan has 3 sites in Dublin – the Mylan Ireland Centre of Excellence, Mylan Dublin Respiratory and Mylan Dublin (Oral Sold Dosage).

The company’s global Centre of Excellence is a hub for regional business activities. Mylan Respiratory is an R&D Pilot Plant with plans to become the company’s only dry-powder inhaler facility.

The Gerard Laboratories Oral Solid Dosage (OSD) Pharmaceutical manufacturing site was established in 1985. It became part of Mylan in 2007. In 2013 the OSD operations were expanded and in 2014 the laboratories were expanded. The site now produces over 3.7 billion doses, supplying EMEA, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Watch this video to find out more about Mylan in Ireland…


  • Activities:  BioPharma – Biologics Manufacturing
  • Employees in Dublin:  1250

Pfizer is the 3rd biggest pharma company in the world (based on 2017 revenue). It was also one of the first pharmaceutical companies to invest in Ireland, in 1969.

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 2011, Pfizer won the Green Manufacturer Award in Ireland.

Take a look inside Pfizer’s Dublin manufacturing site…

SK Biotek

  • Activities:  Pharma – API Manufacturing
  • Employees in Dublin:  400

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.

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