Some 85 jobs have been created with as Becton Dickenson’s new research and development (R&D) centre officially opens in Limerick.
The €21m investment in the global med tech firm’s new centre of excellence has already resulted in 100 roles recruited at the facility.
BD’s new Research Centre Ireland (RCI) in Limerick’s National Technology Park is focused on the development of product and software, clinical research instrumentation and prototype.
The latest recruitment drive is set to bring total staff headcount across BD’s two sites in Limerick to 285.
A range of highly skilled roles are now available at the company, which has had a presence in Ireland since 1964.
The majority of the positions, in the areas of software, hardware and systems engineering, scientists, and technical management, are expected to be filled by the end of 2018.
Dennis Gilbert, Senior Vice President for R&D at BD said that the new roles are critical to the med tech firm’s long term global growth plan.
“The opening of BD’s R&D Centre of Excellence in Limerick today marks a new era for BD and the Life Sciences community in Ireland. This new centre has been established to serve as a global R&D hub for our businesses and is key to our long-term strategic growth plans.
“BD’s decision to open our global research centre here in Limerick is based on the region’s highly skilled talent, our strong relationships with local universities and Limerick’s stellar reputation as an important Life Sciences hub. Announcing 85 additional new jobs today further strengthens our commitment to investing in Ireland, and we will be able to further accelerate our recruitment efforts here to continue to build on our expertise and capabilities.”
BD currently employs more than 1,300 employees, in Ireland across Drogheda, Dun Laoghaire and its two sites in Limerick.