Lifesciences & Healthcare

  • Dr Marie Walsh, Limerick Institute of Technology

The continuing growth of a strong cluster in the Lifesciences and Healthcare sector has been one of the significant trends in Limerick across the last decade.

Today, some of the world’s largest companies, including those solving some of the great health challenges facing global society today, are established here.

They include Johnson & Johnson, Cook Medical, Regeneron, BD, Edwards Lifesciences and more, their presence here also igniting a vibrant indigenous sector from third-level R&D companies/spinouts to early-stage SMEs that has led to a number of significant acquisitions.

The sector is underpinned by a strong third-level focus with the development of Lifesciences departments and research institutes.

The region also has strong direct healthcare services sector, not just through investment in public healthcare facilities but also private, with plans for two new private hospitals through Bon Secours and UPMC.

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