MEDICAL technology company Becton Dickinson and Company has announced it is to create 100 new jobs in Limerick with the establishment of a new research and development centre.
The company, which is known as BD, currently employs 600 people in Ireland at sites in Limerick, Dun Laoghaire and Drogheda.
An extensive renovation of the former Unigolf premises in Castletroy will be undertaken to accommodate the additional staff.
When complete, the BD Limerick Centre of Excellence will initially be focused on product and software development, clinical research instrumentation and prototype development, primarily for the company’s Life Sciences businesses.
“Ireland is an important part of our growth plans, and the Limerick Centre of Excellence is foundational in our objective to build an agile, world-class global organisation to deliver an R&D portfolio that drives growth.
"This will require significant hiring of R & D associates, collaboration with local universities and the development of new technical capabilities,” said Ellen Strahlman, BD’s Executive vice president R&D and chief medical officer.
Minister Michael Noonan, who will attend the formal announcement later today, has welcomed the creation of the new jobs.
“Today's announcement by BD of 100 jobs makes me very proud of Limerick. The company will now begin the process of giving 100 highly skilled workers the opportunity to improve their own lives through employment and also contribute in a meaningful way to the growth of this world class company,” he said.