A global medical technology company yesterday announced the creation of 85 new jobs for Limerick.
BD officially opened its Research Centre Ireland (RCI) in Limerick’s National Technology Park. The €21 million investment in BD’s new centre of excellence has already seen 100 jobs recruited for the facility in 2017 and early 2018. The announcement of these 85 additional positions will bring the total number of employees across BD’s two Limerick sites to 285.
The 85 new roles are for a variety of highly skilled positions such as software, hardware and systems engineering, scientists, and technical management, with the majority being brought on-stream by the end of this year.
BD currently employs more than 1,300 employees , in Ireland across Drogheda, Dun Laoghaire and its two sites in Limerick.
Officially opening the new facility yesterday, Minister for Employment, Pat Breen said, "This announcement by BD is a vote of confidence in the Mid-West region as a destination for high-end medical technology companies. It will provide excellent employment opportunities and contribute greatly to the local economy of the region. I would like to wish BD continued success and assure them of our ongoing support."
Senior Vice President for R&D at BD, Dennis Gilbert added, "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."