Fast-grow­ing Qualio to open Dublin of­fice

Life sciences qual­ity man­age­ment firm will em­ploy up to 30 here, writes John Reynolds

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE -

QUALIO, a life sciences qual­ity man­age­ment soft­ware firm founded by a for­mer chemist from Cork, is to open an of­fice in Dublin and em­ploy up to 30 peo­ple here over the next two years.

The move is on the back of fast-grow­ing sales in the US. The new re­cruits are part of a plan to hire 60 peo­ple in to­tal by 2020, founder Robert Fen­ton said.

Cus­tomers in­clude med­i­cal de­vice man­u­fac­tur­ers, and ther­a­peu­tics and con­tract man­u­fac­tur­ers in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and life sciences sec­tor in 80 coun­tries. About 80pc of new cus­tomers are in the US, how­ever.

“We plan to add up to 30 peo­ple to our team over the next 12 months to sup­port our con­tin­ued growth, and 60 by 2020,” said Fen­ton.

“Just over half of the re­cruits will be based in the Dublin of­fice. The roles will pre­dom­i­nantly be in en­gi­neer­ing, with some cus­tomer-ser­vice func­tions.

“Dublin is where it all started for us in 2014, and while we’ve ex­panded to San Fran­cisco, Dublin will al­ways be our home,” he added.

“The com­bi­na­tion of a tal­ented, mo­ti­vated work­force and Ire­land’s deep ex­per­tise in the health and med­i­cal space make it a nat­u­ral hub as we scale.

“We started Qualio to help teams build­ing life-sav­ing prod­ucts to get to mar­ket quickly and scale suc­cess­fully. We unite their qual­ity team, tools, and data so that they can be­come qual­ity driven. In do­ing this, we’re for­tu­nate to work with lots of amaz­ing com­pa­nies.”

He said those com­pa­nies pro­duce “ev­ery­thing from tra­di­tional med­i­cal de­vices, to ma­chine learn­ing for med­i­cal imag­ing and novel gene ther­a­pies for rare dis­eases”. Fen­ton added that “ex­pand­ing our team in Dublin is key to help­ing us grow”.

In­dus­try an­a­lysts say the US Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion is partly driv­ing com­pa­nies in the pharma and life sciences sec­tors to im­prove how they man­age qual­ity con­trol, boost­ing their in­ter­est in adopt­ing cloud-based tech­nol­ogy such as Qualio’s.

In­creased vis­i­bil­ity pro­vides greater ef­fi­ciency and re­duces the risk of qual­ity is­sues, which can be ex­tremely costly, some­times re­sult­ing in prod­uct de­vel­op­ment de­lays, fi­nan­cial penal­ties or law­suits. Some firms pre­vi­ously used pa­per­work and spread­sheets to man­age their qual­ity pro­cesses.

Fen­ton — from Mitchel­stown in Co Cork — stud­ied phar­macy at UCC, and worked as a locum phar­ma­cist and in­terned at pharma gi­ant Pfizer, where he got an in­sight into qual­ity sys­tems while help­ing with a com­plex up­date of them.

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