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Waters Marks 25 Years in Ireland with €6 Million Clinical Diagnostics R&D Center Expansion

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Waters Marks 25 Years in Ireland with €6 Million Clinical Diagnostics R&D Center Expansion

Waters Marks 25 Years in Ireland with €6 Million Clinical Diagnostics R&D Center Expansion
October 13
09:51 2022
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Waters Corporation has announced a combined investment of up to €6 million with support from IDA Ireland to expand its operations in Drinagh, County Wexford to fund research and development (R&D) of new clinical diagnostics products. The operational expansion at the Wexford facility will create new scientific jobs through 2024.

Waters’ Wexford facility is the company’s primary site for manufacturing and delivery of its portfolio of in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) systems, reagent kits, and software used by thousands of hospitals and laboratories worldwide for applications that include health screening for millions of newborn babies.

The multi-year investment is part of Waters’ strategic mission announced in 2021 to evaluate the potential of its mass spectrometry technologies for broader diagnostic solutions in areas of early disease detection such as cancer screening.

“This expansion in Wexford is a tremendous step forward for the Waters Clinical Diagnostics business and we’re delighted with the support from IDA Ireland who are enabling growth of the life sciences industry in the South-East,” said Liam Hore, Waters Corporation, Wexford General Manager. “With the creation of new jobs and opening of new lab space in Wexford, our R&D Center will make it possible for Waters’ mass spectrometry technology to play an even greater role in clinical diagnostics, raising the standard of accuracy in the diagnosis of many clinical conditions where the performance of existing tests is lacking.”

“This announcement by Waters to expand its site in Wexford is very welcome news,” said Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland. “The investment will significantly enhance the capability of the facility. IDA Ireland remains committed to winning jobs and investment for regional locations. I wish Waters every success with this project.”

The Wexford facility is one of Waters’ key global sites, incorporating a variety of manufacturing, warehouse, laboratory and office spaces. Waters has been a significant employer in Wexford since its establishment in 1997, with over 400 employed at the site today. It is a global production and distribution center for a range of consumables (‘columns’) for the company’s High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) instruments. Waters employees at the Wexford facility also assemble and test mass spectrometry instruments and replicate instrument software.

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Leanne Davey, Sr Director, Clinical Assay Development & PMO, Waters Technologies Ireland; and Liam Hore, Waters Corporation, Wexford General Manager.

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