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Almac to Create 348 New Jobs and Invest GBP 54 Million in Pharma and Clinical Services
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has announced that the Almac Group is investing more than £54 million and creating 348 high quality jobs over the next five years.
The Almac Group operates in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors providing services including drug discovery, diagnostics, R&D, manufacture of APIs, formulation development, and clinical trials.
The company employs more than 2,100 staff at its headquarters in Craigavon, with an additional 1,380 staff located in facilities across the United Kingdom, United States, and Asia. The investment, supported by Invest Northern Ireland, relates to two of Almac’s operating business units, Pharma Services and Clinical Services.
Arlene Foster commented during the announcement that Almac’s investment will enable the organization to expand the range of services it offers and enhance its market position as it responds to key trends within the pharmaceutical industry.
Almac Pharma Services provides contract development and manufacturing services to the world’s leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies. According to the press release, besides recruiting 141 new staff over the next five years, the company will invest in new technologies and equipment to take advantage of the growing demand for outsourced development services.
Almac Clinical Services provides clinical packaging, labelling, logistics, and clinical supply-chain management services to the pharmaceutical industry. It is investing in cold-chain storage and distribution facilities and enhanced information systems to capitalize on the demand from clients for closer partnering opportunities. The unit is creating 181 new jobs over the next five years.
The investments will also create a further 26 new jobs within the Group.
Invest Northern Ireland has offered Almac Group £5.5m of support towards its investment. Alan Armstrong, chairman and CEO of the Almac Group, said in a press statement, “We are fortunate to employ an excellent highly-skilled workforce at our Craigavon headquarters, which has played a major role in our global growth. It’s fantastic that demand for our services has resulted in the creation of so many new jobs as we embark on further expansion over the next five years.”