50 new high end research positions are to be created in Cork at APC's new Microbiome Institute, which is officially being opened today.
Microbiome is a collaboration between UCC, Teagasc and Cork Institute of Technology.
Founded in 2003, APC was formerly known as Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre but will now be named the APC Microbiome Institute. It explores the importance of microbes in health and nutrition with a team of 90 scientists and researchers exploring the links between the microbes (bacteria and viruses) living in and on the body, and the increased incidences of obesity, diabetes, allergies, and chronic inflammatory diseases.
The company say that the new jobs have arisen largely from its ability to attract new industrial partnerships that were leveraged from Science Foundation Ireland funding. Speaking at the announcement of the new jobs, Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence Simon Coveney praised APC for its ability to provide new jobs.
"Government policy is directed at funding research and development to create high-tech job opportunities, and APC is to be commended for the fact that it is now providing direct employment for 140 researchers," the minister said. The director of the APC Microbiome Institute, Professor Fergus Shanahan, said APC has established new relationships with companies who had no affiliation with Ireland before.
"We now partner with eight global corporations with a broad footprint in Ireland accounting for in excess of 7,000 jobs. In addition, APC has established partnerships with nine international companies with no prior relationship with Ireland," Prof Shanahan said.
The announcement comes after revealed new partnerships with Janssen Biotech, Second Genome and 4D Pharma. These are in addition to the 12 companies that APC already partners with from national and international food, pharmaceutical and diagnostic sectors.
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