There was good news for the city of Durham recently with the announcement that Almac is to expand. An investment by the company of $5.2 million over the coming three years is to guarantee the creation of 79 new jobs. This will increase to $6 million over five years, assuring 102 new positions.
Almac, a privately owned contract research development organisation, is based in Northern Ireland. It offers an extensive and global range of services for the biopharma industry. More than 4,500 employees represent the company in offices across Europe, America and Asia.
The company is eager to maintain its global profile and recognises Durham for its existing talent pool. The North Carolina Research triangle already attracts companies specialising in clinical research trials. The jobs created will vary across the research sector and on average offer a salary 5% above the existing wage.
This good news for those seeking jobs in the scientific research industry and follows on from Almac’s recent addition of a new companion diagnostics centre, where a minimum of 15 new posts were offered. This expansion was aided by the awarding of a grant from the One North Carolina Fund. The grant assists local governments in attracting and creating new jobs and investment. The understanding is that the local government must not only match the grant, but that the designated company must meet targets for capital and job investment.
The city of Durham enjoys a healthy CRO industry presence of 130 companies providing employment for over 21,000 skilled workers. Within the district research triangle, the range of research topics includes diagnostic development, commercialisation, clinical trial services, bio pharmaceutical development and clinical and pre-clinical trials.
North Carolina will be challenged in order to source suitably qualified candidates for posts which require a level of expertise. There may be some jiggery pokery with the poaching of top staff from direct competitors to fill positions. Alternatively, organisations such as http://www.gandlscientific.com/clinical-trial-services can supply top-quality staff.
There is a collegiate approach to this project with several organisations taking part, reinforcing the recent growth in the Life Science Industry in and around Durham.
North Carolina is already well established as the leading centre in clinical research. The creation of new jobs by Almac recognises the promising future for the region for growth in the field of CRO.