Belfast Telegraph

Almac recruits 63 staff for Leicestershire operation

By Staff Reporter

Craigavon-based global pharmaceutical company Almac has created 63 jobs at Loughborough in Leicestershire.

Almac Pharma Services received £1m in funding from the University of Derby's Invest to Grow scheme to support the expansion.

The firm has redeveloped premises at the Charnwood campus outside the university town at a former base of drugs giant Astra Zeneca.

Graeme McBurney, Almac Pharma Services' managing director, said: "The support Invest to Grow offered was certainly a factor in our decision to invest in the Charnwood campus and expand the site."

The new jobs are part of the roll-out of 150 posts announced for Charnwood in 2015 as part of a £16m expansion. The company last week also announced the appointment of a site head for Charnwood. James Hurst joined Almac Pharma Services in 2008 as an analytical manager.

He is leaving the role of head of pharmaceutical development operations in Craigavon to take up the new post. The firm said it would be using the drug development and testing facilities at the site, carrying out similar work in drug research, development and manufacturing as its Craigavon headquarters.

The company employs nearly 5,000 people globally.

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