Healthcare giant MSD's Irish sites are involved in the production of over 60pc of MSD’s global top 20 products

Pharma player MSD to create 200 new jobs in Carlow, Cork and Tipperary

15 Feb 2016

Healthcare giant MSD is to create 200 new jobs in Carlow, Cork and Tipperary and the company has revealed that its Irish sites are involved in the production of more than 60pc of MSD’s global top 20 products.

MSD said this morning that it is recruiting experienced professionals for positions based at MSD’s locations in Carlow, Cork and Tipperary. The new roles span operations, quality, engineering, supply chain and commercial operations.

Last year, it emerged that MSD was to invest a further €11.5m at its Carlow operation to advance its research.

MSD has a strong legacy in Ireland that stretches back over the last 50 years and, in that time, the company has invested more than $2.5bn in expanding and developing its facilities here. The company provides healthcare solutions and innovative medicines in areas such as diabetes, heart disease, immunology, oncology, infectious diseases, women’s health and anaesthesia.

“Today’s announcement reflects the critical role MSD’s Irish sites play in our wider global manufacturing network,” said Ger Carmody, associate vice president and site lead at MSD in Ballydine, Tipperary.

“Those taking up these new roles will be at the cutting edge of healthcare innovation and will play a key role in delivering MSD’s overall ambition to preserve and improve human life. Our state-of-the-art facilities in Carlow, Cork and Tipperary are leading the way in the development of new medicines, including MSD’s new treatments for cancer and hepatitis C, which are being manufactured in Ireland for the world market.

“Today, our Irish sites are involved in the production of over 60pc of MSD’s global top 20 products.”

The new jobs can be broken down as follows:

  • MSD in Carlow, the company’s only standalone vaccine and biologics facility outside the US, is creating 110 new roles spanning production, engineering and quality control
  • MSD in Brinny, Co Cork, which specialises in the fermentation and sterile filling of biotech products, is seeking 50 new hires in manufacturing, quality, technology, engineering and environmental and safety roles
  • MSD in Ballydine, Co Tipperary, which is involved in the R&D, formulation and manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients, will recruit 40 new employees, including process and chemical engineers and organic chemists, by year end.
John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

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