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€10m R&D innovation centre officially opened in Limerick

The €10million also includes expansion of facilities at Cook Medical’s Limerick plant.

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A STATE-OF-the-art research and development innovation centre has been opened by Cook Medical at its plant in Limerick.

The centre, together with the expansion of cleanrooms, packaging, storage and other facilities, represents an investment of €10million by Cook Medical with the support of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

This commitment to R&D and a growing product pipeline has increased staff by 100 over the past two years and the company said this “augurs well for additional employment in the future”.

Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said that life sciences is a key sector targeted in the government’s Action Plan for Jobs.

He said that the opening is “a very welcome vote of confidence in the sector”.

Cook Medical’s Limerick site currently develops peripheral vascular, gastroenterology and urology devices for global distribution.

Its innovation centre is a dedicated space to enable the company to collaborate closely with physicians, and it is equipped with the latest technology to simulate clinical conditions. This will enable improved device testing and better product design outcomes, said Cook Medical.

Cook Medical has been operating in Ireland for 20 years and now employs 800 people.

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