BD this week announced plans to create more than 130 new jobs and invest €70 million over five years in BD’s Research Centre Ireland R&D Centre of Excellence in Limerick.
The medical technology company say the investment will further position the facility as a hub for the development of smart, secure connected health and infection monitoring solutions in clinical and non-clinical settings. As a result, BD will add approximately 130 new, high-quality research and development positions in engineering and scientific disciplines such as software, electronics, hardware and immunology. The expansion of the facility will include a state-of-the-art laboratory, workspaces and technologies to support cutting-edge innovation.
Established in 2017, the BD Research Centre Ireland facility was initially focused on product and software development, clinical research instrumentation and prototype development primarily for two businesses within the company’s Life Sciences segment.
Now celebrating its five-year anniversary, the site has grown to support six out of the company’s nine business units with advances across the continuum of care. An integral part of the BD research ecosystem, the BD Research Centre Ireland has grown to house centres of excellence in highly relevant specialized disciplines—such as information security, bio-compatibility and toxicology.
Speaking at the BD Limerick site, Minister for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy said, "I'm delighted to officially announce the expansion and significant investment here at BD’s R&D facility in Limerick . BD are one of the world’s leading MedTech companies and have a long and proud history in Ireland since 1964. This €70 million investment will result in 130 highly skilled new jobs in Limerick. Their continued expansion in Ireland is testament to the skills and talent here in Limerick and indeed Ireland. The research carried out here will improve healthcare and patients’ lives better for years to come."
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at BD, Beth McCombs added, "Our BD Research Centre Ireland plays an essential role in delivering products and solutions to improve biomedical discovery, the diagnosis of disease and the delivery of care for patients. Our partnership with the IDA has been vital to our success and continued expansion. Looking ahead, BD innovation is focused on integrated, digital solutions to empower the smart hospital, enable new care settings and improve chronic disease outcomes. Continuing to attract the best and brightest minds in Limerick and across Ireland will be critical to help BD deliver on our purpose of advancing the world of health."