Pictured on Monday, May 15 at the Cork Training Centre Biopharma Facility, who were celebrating 10 years of success, in Carrigaline, were Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Seamus McGrath, Michael McGrath TD and Valerie Cowman, Cork Training Centre. (Picture: Jim Coughlan)

Both local and national dignitaries, along with many key figures of Ireland’s Life Sciences sector, joined together on Monday, May 15 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Cork Training Centre Biopharma Facility.

As part of the celebration, companies that have supported the centre over the last 10 years through its initial establishment, the setting up of its key programmes, the contribution of equipment and the provision of work placement opportunities, were recognised.

At the Cork Training Centre Biopharma Facility in Carrigaline were Rosalind Keating, Valerie Cowman, Denise McDonald, Kieran Downing and Fiona Lysaght, all Cork Training Centre Biopharma Facility in Carrigaline. (Picture: Jim Coughlan)

Located in Carrigaline Industrial Park on the Crosshaven Road, the centre is within 20 minutes of all the major Life Sciences manufacturers in Cork. The hands-on facility has proved to be an integral source of education and training for those involved in the Pharma, Biopharma and Med Tech industries.

The centre was unique when established in 2006, recognising the need for the development of practical skills within the emerging Life Sciences sector in Cork. The facility provides opportunities for future industry professionals to enhance their practical diagnostic skills, while also teaching and encouraging them to display all the required attitudes and behaviours that would be required by an employer in their time on site.

Among the companies awarded with Certificates of Recognition during the event were Janssen Biologics, Eli Lilly, Novartis, GE Healthcare, Pall and GSK.