Quidel Corporation will establish a Business Service Centre in Galway, Ireland to support its expanding international business, resulting in the creation of 75 jobs over five years. The California-based company, which develops, manufactures and markets of rapid diagnostic testing solutions, employs approximately 1,200 people in operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Japan, and other parts of Asia.
“There are many very talented people here, and Quidel is proud to partner with Martin Shanahan and IDA Ireland to bring jobs to Galway,” said Douglas Bryant, Quidel Corporation’s President and CEO. “Our company has recently doubled in size, and we believe that Galway can serve as a linchpin for our growing international presence.”
Quidel offers diagnostic testing solutions in four product categories; Immunoassays, Molecular Assays, Virology and Specialty Products. Products are sold directly to end users and distributors for professional use in physicians’ offices, hospitals, clinical laboratories, reference laboratories, leading universities, retail clinics, pharmacies and wellness screening centers.
The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
“This is a terrific announcement from a new name investor in the medical device space in Ireland which will have a very positive impact on Galway city, county and the wider West region,” said IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan. “The jobs being created are high value service roles. I wish Quidel every success here and will follow their progress with interest.”
Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, welcomed the announcement from Quidel. “The investment announcement by Quidel today reaffirms Ireland’s position as one of the international leaders in the Medtech industry,” she said. “I am pleased that Quidel has chosen to establish a Business Service Centre in Galway city that will result in the creation of 75 high quality jobs in the West of Ireland. This new facility is a further example of the success of our commitment under the Regional Action Plans for Jobs to provide quality jobs in regional locations.”