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Pharmalink Consulting Operations Limited is expanding in Belfast, creating 30 new jobs. Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster is pictured with Lisa Toner, Regulatory Affairs Manager Pharmalink and Kevin O'Toole, Associate Director of Commercial Operations Pharmalink

Pharmalink Consulting Operations Limited is expanding in Belfast, creating 30 new jobs. Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster is pictured with Lisa Toner, Regulatory Affairs Manager Pharmalink and Kevin O'Toole, Associate Director of Commercial Operations Pharmalink

Pharmalink Consulting Operations Limited is expanding in Belfast, creating 30 new jobs. Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster is pictured with Lisa Toner, Regulatory Affairs Manager Pharmalink and Kevin O'Toole, Associate Director of Commercial Operations Pharmalink

A pharmaceutical consulting firm which looks after regulatory affairs for drug and healthcare firms is taking on 30 new staff in Belfast.

English company Pharmalink Consulting Operations set up an office in Belfast last year employing nine people but is now expanding.

Its clients in the specialised field of regulatory affairs include manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology and consumer healthcare bodies.

Invest NI said it had offered Pharmalink £90,000 under its Jobs Fund to take on 30 new regulatory affairs consultants over the next three years.

The economic development agency said the company would look for life sciences graduates from Northern Ireland universities to fill the posts.

Lisa Toner, regulatory affairs manager at Pharmalink in Belfast, said: "Since establishing our Belfast base last year, our experience of recruiting and working with local graduates has been extremely positive. We hope to continue to build a strong team in Belfast to support our growing global client projects."

Judith Ball, the company's director of human resources, said the business had considered other locations but reinvested in Belfast because of the pool of "talented" graduates in life sciences and the help of Invest NI.

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The company, founded in 1998, has an office in The Boat on the Laganside.

It said it can look after any aspect of regulatory affairs, including filing submissions, compliance issues and post-licensing matters.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: "This international business has achieved steady growth in recent years and its expansion in Belfast signals Pharmalink's confidence in the availability of a high-quality skilled workforce here in Northern Ireland."


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