Horizon gets green light for €1bn biopharma factory

Global pharma firm Horizon Therapeutics has received planning permission to develop Waterford biopharmaceutical plant

Tim Walbert, chief executive of Horizon Theraputics: chose to establish the firm’s first manufacturing facility in Ireland because of the talent pool in the country. Picture: Inpho/Ben Brady

Horizon Therapeutics, the global pharma company, has been granted planning permission to develop a new manufacturing facility in Waterford which may cost up to €1 billion to complete.

The planned biopharmaceutical development will see the US-based company build a 320,000 square foot drug manufacturing site in the IDA business and technology park on the outskirts of Waterford city which will create close to 350 jobs once completed.

The plant will manufacture rare-disease biologic drugs as ...