With a near $1bn investment in manufacturing facility, BMS adopts a start-up feel

25 Feb 2016

Of all the cultures you’d expect from a well-established biotech company, a start-up culture isn’t one, but that’s just what you’ll find at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) Biologics Cruiserath.

Back in 2014, BMS announced a massive investment – slated to be close to $1bn –  in its Dublin operation, with plans to build a brand new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Cruiserath.

With that expansion came 400 jobs (outside of construction contracts) and, therefore, a fledgling staff.

According to John Deasy – process engineering manager in the large-scale cell culture building at BMS Biologics Cruiserath – that has built a culture of great camaraderie and teamwork at the facility.

“As people are coming on board on the project, there’s an awful lot of people that are starting with BMS at the same time, and everybody’s really willing to help each other get through the initial phase of learning where things are and also getting the job done,” says Deasy.

Because, to all intents and purposes, BMS Biologics Cruiserath is going through a start-up period, the firm is taking full advantage of a culture of global collaboration to learn from fully-operational BMS facilities around the world.

Says Michelle Maloney, scientist in the Cruiserath facility, “We, at the moment, are collaborating with the US biologics site. They have a fully-functioning manufacturing, science and technology department there, so they have been helping us with our start-up”.

But, of course, a culture is never just one thing, and Deasy cites the work BMS does as another aspect of it: “The enthusiasm and excitement and everything that people are doing, they know it’s going to a greater cause”.

For more on the culture at BMS, watch the full interview with Deasy and Maloney:

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Kirsty Tobin
By Kirsty Tobin

Kirsty Tobin served as careers editor of Silicon Republic from 2015 up to August 2017. When she was younger, she had a dream where she started and won a fight with a T-Rex, so she’s pretty sure she kicked butt at this, too. Passions include eating all the cake, watching more TV than is healthy and sassy comebacks.

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