Local Minister Denis Naughten has welcomed the announcement of 50 biopharma jobs, plus additional construction jobs, following the announcement by Alexion that it is to expand its Monksland operation.
“What is even more positive is the fact that the company is determined to try to recruit staff locally and will even provide the required training in Athlone IT to assist local people in filling these roles,” stated Minister Naughten.
“The company has committed to investing €100 million in a new biologics manufacturing facility at its Monksland operation which will further enhance its presence in the area, where it established in 2013. Alexion’s work focuses on developing therapies for patients with rare disorders and confirmation that the company will collaborate with local schools and the institute of technology will undoubtedly open up new career opportunities locally.
“Monksland is fast becoming the biopharma centre of the country and it is now important that we build on this expertise to attract further investment into other local towns,” added Minister Naughten.