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Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!

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65 New Jobs for Galway with MedTech Company Phenox

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65 New Jobs for Galway with MedTech Company Phenox

Monday, December 14, 2015 

65 New Jobs for Galway with MedTech Company Phenox

German firm Phenox GmbH is establishing a medical devices manufacturing facility in Galway, creating up to 65 jobs over the next five years, with the support of IDA Ireland.

The new facility will be located at the Kamrick Court Building in Ballybrit Business Park in Galway. Phenox Ireland Ltd. will manufacture interventional neurovascular medical devices for the treatment of aneurysms and stroke.

The company is in the process of fitting out a premises and hopes to be up and running in early 2016.

The new jobs will be in:

  • Manufacturing
  • Research
  • Sales and
  • Support

The positions are to be filled over five years. Phenox says the expansion will allow it to grow its share in the US and other international markets, as well as supporting its existing European operations.

The company was established in 2005 and currently employs 130 people in Germany.

Speaking at the announcement in Galway today Minister Bruton said: “Life sciences is a key sector which we have targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs, and over the past four years we have put in place a range of measures to support jobs growth in this area, including the establishment of a national health innovation hub to support the growth of Irish companies in this area. Today’s announcement that phenox, a leading German manufacturing company in this area, is establishing a new facility in Galway and creating 65 jobs is an important boost for the West. We will continue to work hard to attract further investments from companies like this in the West in the coming years”.

Dr.-Ing. Hermann Monstadt, phenox GmbH founder and Managing Director said, “The Galway facility is critical to phenox’s global expansion plans and will produce products specifically for the U.S. and other international markets as well as provide additional support for EU markets.”

Details of career opportunities with phenox are advertised here.

Explore Ireland's thriving MedTech Sector here including related occupations in demand and career articles.

IDA Ireland Press Release

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