Jobs boost at Almac Group
A pharmaceutical business in Northern Ireland is to create more than 300 high quality jobs.
The Almac Group in Craigavon is investing £54 million in expansion over the next five years.
It provides cancer diagnostics as well as services to other firms.
Chief executive Alan Armstrong said: "We are fortunate to employ an excellent highly-skilled workforce at our Craigavon headquarters which has played a major role in our global growth.
"It's fantastic that demand for our services has resulted in the creation of so many new jobs as we embark on further expansion over the next five years."
The company, which is creating 348 posts, operates in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors providing services including drug discovery, diagnostics, research and development, manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients, formulation development and clinical trials.
It employs more than 2,100 staff at its headquarters in Craigavon, with an additional 1,380 staff located in facilities throughout the rest of the UK, United States and Asia.
Enterprise minister Arlene Foster said: "Almac is one of Northern Ireland's most successful indigenous companies and a globally respected brand.
"This significant investment will enable the company to expand the range of services it can offer, allowing it to respond to key trends within the pharmaceutical industry and enhance its market-leading position."
Invest NI has offered Almac Group £5.5 million towards its investment.