Aspen Pharma has announced 42 new jobs at its Citywest European operations centre.
The new jobs will bring Aspen’s total workforce in Ireland to 100 within the next 12 months.
The company, which supplies branded and generic pharmaceuticals in more than 150 countries, first established an operation in Ireland in 2010. It also set up a global regulatory, pharmacovigilance, quality assurance and supply projects centre in Citywest in 2012.
The announcement was made this morning by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton. Aspen’s investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
The Minister described pharma as one of the Government’s key target sectors in its Action Plan for Jobs. “In particular we have targeted generics and biopharma companies who continue to grow despite difficulties in the traditional pharma sector, and in the past two years employment has grown in the sector overall.
“Today’s announcement that Aspen, a major global pharma company, is adding over 40 jobs in Dublin is very welcome and represents a further boost for the sector in Ireland.”
Stephen Saad, the company’s group chief executive, said Ireland’s strong pharmaceutical sector provides a workforce with the specialised skills required by the company and a strong regulatory and business environment.
“Pharmaceuticals is a major strategic sector for Ireland, with nine out of the top ten global companies located here,” said IDA CEO Barry O’Leary. “As Aspen continues to grow globally through a series of acquisitions and partnerships, the Irish operation is well placed within the group to increase its footprint in Europe. I look forward to continue to work closely with Aspen as it further embeds its operations here.”