Al mac brings world of sci­ence and bio-tech tow 5

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NORTH­ERN Ire­land phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal gi­ant Al­mac is in­vest­ing £1m over 10 years in a part­ner­ship with in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing cen­tre W5.

The com­pany, which is based in Craigavon, will be W5’s ‘health and life sciences’ part­ner in a bid to im­prove knowl­edge of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths (STEM) among the younger gen­er­a­tion.

In au­tumn next year, Al­mac will open a 4,000 sq ft ex­hi­bi­tion at the at­trac­tion at Belfast’s Odyssey Pav­il­ion, ex­plor­ing the phys­i­cal, chem­i­cal, ge­netic and med­i­cal as­pects of the body.

It will also cover the his­tory of Al­mac and its drug de­vel­op­ment work.

Chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive Alan Arm­strong said: “This is an ex­cit­ing and for­ward-think­ing part­ner­ship be­tween Al­mac and W5, an award-win­ning sci­ence and dis­cov­ery cen­tre.

“It will pro­vide key ben­e­fits for the peo­ple of North­ern Ire­land as well as both or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

The com­pany em­ploys nearly 5,000 work­ers around the world.

Beth Danagher (10) from Ban­gor, with Alan Arm­strong, chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Al­mac Group (left) and Eric Porter, chair­man of the Odyssey Trust

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