Boston Scientific has officially opened a €60 million expansion to its campus in Ballybrit today.
The new facility is a three storey building which will contain an industry-leading Equipment Technology Centre and house 250 Boston Scientific employees by the end of 2019.
Mike Mahoney, Chairman and CEO of Boston Scientific officially opened the new facility and at a special town hall meeting attended by almost 800 employees.
He said that Galway is important to the company and that this represents “our ongoing commitment to Galway and Ireland.”
“Our highly skilled workforce has made a significant contribution to the development of many innovative medical solutions, with our Galway site playing a key role in products in areas such as Interventional Cardiology, Endoscopy and Peripheral Interventions”.
Boston Scientific began operating in Ireland in 1994 with less than 30 employees, and today employs more than 5,700 people across Clonmel, Cork and Galway.
In Galway alone the medtech company has a workforce of over 3,700 people covering all aspects of product design & manufacturing.
From here more than four million life saving medical devices are exported around the world each year.
The opening of the new facility is part of a programme of celebrations for Boston Scientific’s 25thAnniversary in Galway.
In total Boston Scientific is investing €60 million in this phase of development which is at the site of the former Digital building.
Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, said that having an international company of this stature is of “enormous value to the economy of Galway and the wider West Region”.
He praised them for their continued focus on “innovation and excellence in medical technology.”
Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Massachusetts, USA, Boston Scientific employs 32,000 employees worldwide.
It is a global leader in the development of medical devices that impact 30 million patients every year.
As well as celebrating 25 years in Galway, Boston Scientific is also turning 40 this year and marking 40 years of transforming lives.
James Lyons, Vice President of Operations at Boston Scientific Galway took the opportunity to thank the local community for the support it’s shown to the company.
“Given the scale of our campus and workforce here, the support of the wider community has been especially important.”
“I would like to acknowledge the contribution in turn that our employees have made to the local community, including raising over €2.6m for local charities and organisations since 1994.”