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8 companies that can help you grow your career in biopharma

27 Apr 2017

Ahead of NIBRT’s Careers in Biopharma event, we take a look at eight of the top biopharma companies helping people to grow their careers in Ireland.

It’s no secret that the global biopharma industry is huge, and growing. In Ireland alone, the sector has seen an influx of companies and capital, with 20 biologics manufacturing sites on the island, and $10bn in investment in the last decade. The sector is forecast to add 8,400 jobs by 2020.

This growth creates huge potential for those pursuing careers in biopharma. But, when facing the perhaps daunting task of actually landing a job, it can be hard to know where to start, or how to approach companies when they’re not directly advertising.

At NIBRT (the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training), part of the centre’s focus is on developing talent, offering training and research opportunities for those pursuing biopharma careers.

At the Careers in Biopharma event this Saturday (29 April), NIBRT will be taking that one step further, by bringing professional, graduates, students and jobseekers together with some of the biggest names in the sector.

In addition to a schedule of presentations and talks, each of these eight companies – as well as Fastnet Recruitment – will be on hand to speak to attendees about growing a career in biopharma.


AbbVie focuses on research and innovation to develop medicines in areas where there is a significant need, such as hepatitis C treatment, neuroscience, immunology, oncology, chronic kidney disease and women’s health.

The biopharma company has three manufacturing facilities in Sligo and Cork, and two offices in Dublin.

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristol-Myers Squibb works to deliver medicines for patients with serious and life-threatening diseases in the areas of oncology, cardiovascular disease, immunoscience and fibrosis.

The company has facilities in Dublin and Shannon, including a new-build biologics facility at Cruiserath, Dublin.


Emerson approaches biopharma from a different point of view: the nuts and bolts. The process management, systems and solutions company provides the tools necessary to outfit product plants.

Emerson operates in Ireland out of a facility in Cork.


Although not a direct manufacturer of biopharma products, Eurofins is very much involved in the sector. The international life sciences company provides analytical testing services for pharmaceutical products.

Eurofins has facilities in Dublin, Cork and Waterford.

Johnson & Johnson

Household brand Johnson & Johnson also works in pharmaceuticals, focusing on immunology, and cardiovascular and metabolic disease.

The company operates sites in Cork and Limerick.

KPC International

Irish firm KPC International provides project management, validation, and quality and compliance services – among others – to companies in the life sciences industries.

KPC operates out of its home office in Cork.


Making products for areas including women’s health, heart and lung health, infectious diseases and cancer treatment, MSD operates with a global mindset, aiming to bring healthcare to communities around the world.

MSD has multiple facilities in Ireland, with sites in Dublin, Tipperary, Wicklow, Cork and Carlow.


Global life sciences company Sanofi works to create healthcare solutions in multiple sclerosis, oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular care and rare diseases.

Sanofi’s Ireland operation is based in Dublin.

NIBRT’s fourth annual Careers in Biopharma event takes place from 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday 29 April at the NIBRT facility. Register here.

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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