Minister Richard Bruton has announced that Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is to apply for planning permission to establish a state-of-the art, biopharmaceutical production facility within a 11.88 hectare site, previously owned by Dell in the Raheen Business Park, Limerick.
Subject to planning approval from the local authority, the company expects to employ up to 300 people by the end of 2016, including scientists, engineers, technicians and administrative personnel. The proposed $300mn investment programme will involve the major refurbishment of existing buildings on the site (vacant since 2009) and the construction of a quality control laboratory, which will transform the site into a world-class biopharmaceutical campus. Subject to a successful permit, construction and refurbishment is anticipated to begin in 2014 for a two-year period, generating up to 600 temporary construction jobs for local contractors.
“Regeneron is one of the largest and fastest-growing biopharmaceutical companies in the US,” said Daniel Van Plew, Regeneron’s Senior VP and GM of Industrial Operations and Product Supply. “Pending planning approval, Limerick will become our second industrial production site, expanding our manufacturing capacity into Europe and facilitating the delivery of a growing supply of medicines for patients worldwide.”
Van Plew continued: “Ireland has a highly educated work force and a strong biopharma industry while the Irish Government has an unparalleled commitment to education and training for pharmaceutical manufacturing, quality assurance, quality control and supply logistics. We hope to work with the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT) and are already in discussions with the universities and colleges in Limerick about future possibilities. We see Limerick as a good place to do business – the area has excellent educational institutes, a strong community spirit and a solid transport infrastructure. We are grateful to IDA Ireland for its support in helping us secure this facility and we look forward to playing an active role in Ireland’s biopharma sector and building strong relationships with key stakeholders.”
Welcoming the announcement, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said: “Sustaining and building on Ireland’s strong track record in pharmaceuticals is a key objective of our Action Plan for Jobs. In recent years despite global difficulties employment in the sector in Ireland has been growing. Today’s announcement that subject to planning permission, Regeneron plans to establish a major operation in Limerick with the creation of 300 jobs is another significant jobs boost for the sector and for the city. With Regeneron confirming its intention to establish operations in Ireland, IDA Ireland with the support of my Department has now secured nine of the top ten global BioPharma companies to locate major facilities in Ireland. I am determined to build on this and secure further announcements like this over the coming months.”
The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD said:“The Regeneron investment in Limerick is great news for Limerick and for the local economy. The company is making a major commitment to Ireland by refurbishing an unoccupied facility in Raheen Business Park, creating a substantial number of both construction and long-term permanent jobs. I welcome Regeneron to Limerick and offer the company my enthusiastic support. I look forward to meeting Regeneron senior executives when I travel to New York in January and discussing their plans for Limerick.”