Pfizer builds plant, creates jobs in Ireland

Pfizer has finally confirmed earlier reports about its plan to build a biologics manufacturing facility in County Cork, Ireland. The company is investing €190 million ($297 million) in the new facility and anticipates creating 100 jobs. The plant will manufacture small amounts of biologic treatments for use in Phase II and III cancer and diabetes clinical trials. It will be situated next to Pfizer's other Cork facility and is expected to be completed in 2009.

"Our aim is to gain access to the best science inside and outside our walls, and the new Shanbally facility will ensure that we can produce the product for clinical trials which could ultimately impact the lives of millions of patients," said Nat Ricciardi of Pfizer Global Manufacturing.

Pfizer's investment is good news for Ireland. Late last year Amgen said it would "postpone indefinitely" a planned €800 million manufacturing facility in Cork, much to country's disappointment.

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