Belfast Telegraph

US firm selects Science Park for European base

By Symon Ross

A US healthcare company, which announced a £4.4m investment in Northern Ireland during last year’s visit from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken up residence at the Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP).

NaviNet announced in October that it planned to create 60 jobs over the next three years which would deliver more than £2m a year in salaries into the local economy.

The company is America’s largest real-time healthcare communications network iand securely links more than 800,000 providers and patients, industry partners and health insurers.

NaviNet said it has chosen the Northern Ireland Science Park in Titanic Quarter for its Europe headquarters and, as part of a research and development strategy, the Belfast base will provide core enhancements and new value-added services for the US healthcare industry.

Damien Dougan, NaviNet director of Engineering Europe said that the NISP was best placed to support its team as it grows to 60 development and quality assurance engineers by 2012.

“NISP’s easily accessible location and excellent connectivity were major factors in our location selection process. This ensures that the NaviNet team has reliable access to the server systems that are hosting the Service Oriented Architecture which will be developed in Belfast,” he said.

The firms aimed to create an innovative, fast-paced, friendly and informal environment for employees of its Belfast operation, he said.

NISP director of corporate real estate and facilities, Mervyn Watley, added: “We are delighted to have NaviNet take up residency at the Science Park. NISP is one of the best serviced locations in Northern Ireland as regards to connectivity and clearly this is paramount for a company like NaviNet who operate through a real-time network.

“At the Science Park NaviNet will join the growing cluster of hi-tech and bio- tech companies in the ‘Connected Health’ sector boosting NISP’s reputation for cutting-edge research and development facilities.”

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