Alere, a Galway-based medtech firm specialising in medical diagnostics, has announced it’s to create 40 jobs at its plant in Ballybrit.
Alere is one of the world’s leading suppliers of rapid medical diagnostic kits for the diagnosis of a whole range of medical ailments, such as polio, with the Ballybrit centre being particularly focused on its point-of-care HIV tests.
In terms of numbers, the company currently produces as many as 1.4bn tests on an annual basis for medical centres in more than 100 countries, with its Galway operations aiming to triple its production to 150m of these rapid diagnostic tests.
To do this, it plans to hire 40 new staff this year to bring its total staff numbers in Galway to 150, with the recruitment process for these new roles having already begun.
Irish operations play a significant role
Many of the roles currently being recruited by Alere in Ireland include tech support specialists, graphic designers and a customer service director, with additional roles in HR, purchasing and supply chain management.
The Ballybrit centre currently produces testing kits for its clients in Europe and the Middle East, but this expansion will also see it add Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa to its remit.
Speaking of the jobs creation, Alere International’s president and general manager, Mark Hengerer, said: “Alere’s Irish operations play a significant role in delivering state-of-the-art rapid diagnostics to patients around the world and are a central part of our global operations.”
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