Quidel Corporation a provider of rapid diagnostic testing solutions, cellular-based virology assays and molecular diagnostic systems, celebrated opening its new Business Service Centre in Merchant’s Road in Galway city this week.
The celebration marks the company’s first expansion into international facilities. and the new office will support Quidel’s growing international business, a portfolio that has experienced substantial growth due to the recent acquisition of Alere’s Triage® business.
New jobs created at the Galway facility include roles in finance, human resources, customer, service, technical support, sales, IT and legal. Hiring is ramping up quickly as Quidel works with the IDA in recruiting local talent to support its new international business, targeting the creation of 75 jobs over five years.
The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.The company, headquartered in San Diego, California, employs approximately 1,200 people in operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Japan, and other parts of Asia.
“Since our acquisition of Alere’s Triage business in October, Quidel’s international presence has increased markedly, and we’re investing throughout the world to support our international growth, especially in the European region,” said Douglas Bryant, Quidel Corporation’s President and CEO. “We are proud to partner with Martin Shanahan and IDA Ireland to bring jobs to Galway, and are pleased that our new Galway facility will serve as the headquarters for our European commercial operations.”
Speaking at the company’s office opening event, Mayor Niall McNelis said that as the hub for their international business, this new Business Service Centre represents an exciting and progressive milestone in Quidel’s growth.”
IDA Ireland’s Head of Life Sciences Michael Lohan said that having announced your plans in February to establish headquarters here in Galway for the European commercial operations, the IDA are delighted to mark the opening of the new permanent offices in the heart of the city.
“We are delighted to welcome you as a new name investor in the innovative medical device space to Galway and Ireland. The activities and roles you are creating, and I understand a number of staff have already been recruited, are high value service roles which will greatly benefit the economy of the region.