Irish Examiner - Supplement - - LIFE SCIENCES -

Like many in the sec­tor, No­var­tis col­lab­o­rates with a wide range of in­dus­try stake­hold­ers as Ms Led­erg­er­ber ex­plains “We have strong work­ing re­la­tion­ships in par­tic­u­lar with our part­ners in the IDA, IBEC, BioPharmaChem Ire­land and Cork Cham­ber. At a lo­cal level here in Rin­gas- kiddy, all of the life sciences com­pa­nies work to­gether to sup­port one an­other, I like to call it the ‘Sil­i­con Val­ley of Pharma’. We share best prac­tice and a com­mon aim to en­sure that the life sciences sec­tor in Cork and in Ire­land con­tin­ues to be a vi­brant in­dus­try and a unique call­ing card for the coun­try. This spirit of col­lab­o­ra­tion is a key strength for Ire­land.”

How­ever, she strikes a note of cau­tion with the need for re­gional in­fra­struc­ture to keep pace with the sec­tor. “Be­cause we are part of a global net­work you are al­ways com­pet­ing, and lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture is a pre­req­ui­site of the ap­proval process. If we are in­vest­ing year on year in the value of the No­var­tis site in Rin­gask­iddy, we need an in­fra­struc­ture that matches it; in other words, an in­fra­struc­ture that is as modern and com­pet­i­tive as the man­u­fac­tur­ing sites in Rin­gakiddy. And we need to do this while keep­ing in mind our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.”

She adds that the re­cent ad­di­tion of Swis­sair flights to the ser­vices at Cork air­port were a wel­come de­vel­op­ment for the Swiss-head­quar­tered or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Equally there is the per­sonal im­pact, with global life sci­ence com­pa­nies all seek­ing to at­tract tal­ent from across the world. Chal­lenges such as trans­port is­sues, ac­cess to rental ac­com­mo­da­tion etc. could im­pact on our abil­ity to at­tract this tal­ent to Cork.


Be­ing part of the com­mu­nity is some­thing right at the heart of No­var­tis. One of the big­gest el­e­ments of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment is the an­nual Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ship Day which sees No­var­tis em­ploy­ees in Ire­land and across the globe nom­i­nate com­mu­nity projects and en­gage in vol­un­teer­ing to make these projects a re­al­ity.

In 2017 more than 24,400 No­var­tis as­so­ciates took part on May 11th with the teams at No­var­tis Rin­gask­iddy sup­port­ing six lo­cal com­mu­nity projects. No­var­tis also hosts an an­nual 5K Road Race and this year cel­e­brates its 20th an­niver­sary on Au­gust 2nd 2017. A hugely pop­u­lar event, the race un­der B. H. A. A. rules will see com­peti­tors across the county and be­yond come to Rin­gask­iddy to com­pete.

Pic­ture: Conor Byrd

No­var­tis col­leagues Sonya Byrne, Thomas O’Con­nor and Kevin Cor­ri­gan at Serendip­ity Gar­den allotment/Cope Foun­da­tion Ballincol­lig dur­ing No­var­tis Com­mu­nity Day 2017. Pic­ture: Dar­ragh Kane

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