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100 New Jobs with Pharma Research company APC

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100 New Jobs with Pharma Research company APC

Monday, February 15, 2016 

100 New Jobs with Pharma Research company APC

100 new high-skill jobs are to be created in Dublin over the next 18 months by pharmaceutical research company APC Ltd.

APC Ltd helps drug companies to convert molecules developed in the lab into finished products ready for manufacturing.

The four-year-old firm, which is a UCD spin out company, opened its new process research facility in Cherrywood in Dublin this morning. The 6,000 sq m facility will also serve as the company's headquarters. APC also has offices on the east and west coast of the US. The company currently employs 60 people across its sites. APC is already working with the 8 out of the top 10 biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world and 5 out of the top 10 largest biotech firms.

To fill the new roles the company is looking for a range of different talents:

  • Chemical engineering
  • Bioprocessing engineering
  • Scientists
  • Analysts
  • Statisticians
  • Finance and HR

The firm is looking for highly skilled people, and 80% of its current staff has PhDs.

APC was founded by then post-doctoral student Mark Barrett and his professor at UCD Brian Glennon in 2011 and is supported by Enterprise Ireland. 

Details of career opportunities with APC Ltd are available here.

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