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09/03/2018

Major life sciences manufacturing facility confirmed for Mid-West Ireland site

Words: Roger Milne
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A California-headquartered life sciences company has confirmed that it has selected the Mid-West of Ireland as the location for a new plant to make components for its heart valve therapies.

The €80 million investment is set to create 600 jobs.

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the firm involved, is the global leader in patient-focused innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring.

The plant will manufacture products to enable minimally invasive procedures on patients’ valves, where open-heart surgery would previously have been needed.

Edwards is planning to hire about 60 people this year for various functions, such as production staff, engineering and professional management, to work at its initial site in the Shannon Free Zone.

The company plans to complete a new purpose-built manufacturing facility in 2020. The company is currently looking at three sites in Limerick and Shannon to locate the new operation.

Business and enterprise minister Heather Humphreys said: "The arrival of Edwards Lifesciences is a vote of confidence in the Mid-West region as a destination for high-end medical technology manufacturers.

"It will provide even more opportunities for residents and communities to grow and thrive. My department, through the IDA, is committed to supporting Edwards as it establishes operations in Ireland and as the company continues to develop its innovative heart valve technologies."   

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