Irish pharma firm APC to create 100 jobs at new Dublin HQ

15 Feb 2016

Pharmaceutical research giant APC is to open its new headquarters in Cherrywood Business Park, Dublin, with the creation of 100 jobs.

Having been formed in 2011 by Prof Brian Glennon and Dr Mark Barrett from the school of chemical and bioprocess engineering in University College Dublin, APC officially opened its 6,000sqm premises at a launch this morning (15 February).

Aside from being the company’s headquarters, the building will also be APC’s highly-advanced process research facility for biopharmaceuticals in the processes of informatics and other advanced analytical means to help streamline the development of their medicines in various fields, including cancer and HIV.

According to Barrett, APC’s CEO, the 100 jobs will all be highly-skilled research and development jobs across the areas of chemical engineering, sciences and analytics.

The company is currently partnered with eight of the 10 largest pharmaceutical companies in the sector, as well as half of the major biotech firms.

‘Turning a wonder molecule into a mass-produced medicine’

APC has predicted that, by 2020, 80pc of its services will be aimed at exporting to foreign markets, which will increase its revenues from its current level of €15m per annum to €50m.

Speaking at the launch, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said: “I am delighted to welcome the announcement by APC of 100 new jobs in Dublin. This new research centre is a vote of confidence in Ireland and enhances our reputation as a leading location for pharmaceutical research and development.”

Highlighting the risk that was involved in establishing the company in the midst of an economic recession, Barrett added: “Turning a wonder molecule into a mass-produced medicine presents serious scientific and technological challenges, even for some of the largest companies in the world. In our research, Brian and I saw an opportunity”.

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Colm Gorey
By Colm Gorey

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic. He joined in January 2014 and covered AI, IoT, science and anything that will get us to Mars quicker. When not trying to get his hands on the latest gaming release, he can be found lost in a sea of Wikipedia articles on obscure historic battles and countries that don't exist any more, or watching classic Simpsons episodes far too many times to count.

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