Pharmaceutical firm Almac Pharma Services is to create 229 new jobs in Craigavon, Co Armagh, as part of a stg£13.7m investment across two core areas of the business.
Invest Northern Ireland has also offered Almac Pharma Services stg£2.05m in support.
The funding is going towards the establishment of a new development and analytical facility for Almac Pharma Services’ Pharmaceutical Development Service (PDS), which will result in jobs in compliance, quality control, and formulation drug testing.
In addition, an expansion of a key production line which is used to manufacture a product for export markets will result in further skilled operations and manufacturing jobs.
Graeme McBurney, managing director of Pharma Services, Almac, said centralising and expanding the company’s production in Craigavon will mean more cost-effective manufacturing and optimal quality control and distribution.
“The added manufacturing capability will enable us to operate with improved speed and efficiency, particularly in the early stages of projects,” McBurney said.
“Ultimately, the investment will make Almac an even more attractive proposition to international clients who seek streamlined, one-stop drug-development solutions.”
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the 229 new jobs will deliver almost stg£5.5m annually in salaries.