As the biopharma sector continues to boom, companies such as Sanofi are hiring big. David O’Grady tells us what they’re looking for.

The biopharma sector is booming in Ireland, with significant waves of investment and employment anticipated over the coming decade. Pharma giant Sanofi has a big slice of both in Ireland’s south-east.

At NIBRT’s recent Careers in Biopharma event, we spoke to David O’Grady, development scientist at Sanofi, who told us that the company has a raft of vacancies coming up in manufacturing and analytics.

Sanofi is firmly placed within an ecosystem of biopharma and medtech companies that call Ireland home. Pharma hubs dotted around the country – in Galway, Cork and other locations – are replete with global giants working to develop healthcare solutions.

“I talk to colleagues [outside] of Ireland and they’re jealous. They’re jealous of what we’ve got, so we’ve got to keep using that. We’ve got to trade on that. We’ve got to keep that development and these new medicines coming through the island of Ireland,” said O’Grady.

Words by Kirsty Tobin