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Sligo IT Opens its New Science Building

Sligo IT officially opened its new science building last Monday. The €17 million, state-of-the-art MacMunn building was opened by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and its completion marks the end of a 5 year, €35 million redevelopment of the Sligo IT campus. The science building includes an 80 station foundation laboratory, as well as 7 teaching and 4 research labs. The building is named after Sligo native Charles Alexander MacMunn. Born in Easkey in 1852, his key scientific achievement was the discovery of respiratory pigments throughout the tissues of plants and animals, which is now known as the Cytochrome System. His discovery, made during research conducted in a hayloft above his stables, went unacknowledged during his lifetime but remains key to medical science’s understanding of respiration in cells today. It is fitting that over a century after Munn’s discovery that Sligo IT now specialises in Environmental and Life Sciences. Sligo IT Department of Life Sciences produces over 300 graduates annually and has an excellent reputation for delivering innovative, online and mixed learning courses. By delivering qualifications in Medical Biotechnology, and Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Development, among others, it excels at producing industry ready graduates. Sligo IT also collaborates directly with industry, and the NIBRT training facility in UCD, to deliver training courses for pharmaceutical and medtech employees in the North West. The IT is also providing 270 Springboard places this year, the majority of which are in life science courses. This new facility will add to the capabilities of Sligo IT’s School of Science, and further improve the quality of its courses. There is a strong cluster of biopharma and medtech companies in the North West, with Elanco, Abbvie, Abbott and GSK all located here. The new science building will enhance the quality of the graduate pool available to these companies and is another great asset for Sligo IT and the North West region. Niall Murray, General Manager Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group Email:...

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NIBRT Careers in Biopharma

General Manager, Niall Murray writes about the NIBRT Careers in Biopharma Event held in UCD on 16th April 2014. Yesterday, along with my colleagues Sean Gannon and Christopher O’ Toole, I attended the NIBRT Careers in Biopharma event in the really impressive NIBRT facility in UCD, Dublin. The event was a huge success with over 400 jobseekers attending. The event attracted some of the leading companies in the Biopharma space including: Allergan, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly,  Regeneron, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, MSD, Biomarin, Lancaster Laboratories and APC. There were a few very interesting trends that I noted and here are a few of the key points I took from the day: Ireland is winning a lot of Inward Investment in the Biopharmaceutical sector In the last 12 months we have seen large scale investments by Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Regeneron, Alexion, Ethicon, Eli Lilly. Since January 2014 over 900 jobs have been announced in the Biopharma space. Great credit is due to the IDA for their role in winning these investments for Ireland.                                                                                      NIBRT is a critical part of our Biopharma infrastructure The NIBRT facility is a critical piece of infrastructure for the biopharma sector and the contribution they make to the sector cannot be under estimated. From speaking to senior management of the companies at the event yesterday they were all highlighting the contribution NIBRT makes to the business whether...

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Science & Pharmaceutical Jobs – Advice for Graduates

The science and pharmaceutical industry has been one of the major contributors to the growth of the Irish economy. According to IDA Ireland, Life Science companies located in Ireland in the areas of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices and diagnostics, employ approximately 47,000 people in a variety of activities. The Irish Pharmacy & Healthcare Association reported that the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland comprises of a mix of international and local companies. Nine of the top ten global pharmaceutical companies have plants situated in Ireland. The life sciences industry has contributed considerably to Irish exports. How can I get a job in science, research and development? To secure work in the scientific field, technical ability and a passion for your chosen area are prerequisites. Employers are interested in hiring people who have good interpersonal skills, technically & academically strong, who are ambitious and who strive to get the job done to the best of their ability. A number of the major employers have Graduate Development Programs in-house. What are the different areas of work? Jobs are available for science graduates in a wide range of areas. Recent years have seen growth in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices industries. The pharmachemical industry in Ireland is dominated by global multinational companies. Many of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world have now established facilities in Ireland. Over half of the people employed in Ireland’s pharmachemical industry are third-level graduates. Other employers of science graduates are the medical devices, diagnostics and biotechnology industry. The food industry is Ireland’s single largest indigenous industry and also involves many multinationals. There are also opportunities in the...

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