The company is also adding a 35,000 foot extension to its existing lab.
180 jobs are being created at a pharmaceutical company in Westmeath over the next three years.
US company PPD has announced it's expanding its lab in Athlone.
Almost 300 highly skilled scientists and project managers are currently employed by Pharmaceutical Product Development, which opened its Irish base in the IDA campus in Garrycastle a little over 10 years ago.
And it's set to gain another 180 employees between now and 2024, as it enhance its capabilities in bio-pharmaceutical testing.
The company has also announced a 35,000 foot expansion to its Athlone lab, which is expected to be fully functional by mid-2022.
The sod has already been turned on the project.
Midlands Regional Development Manager with the IDA, Ken Whitelaw says while the company has operations in 47 countries, Athlone was an obvious contender for expansion:
Longford-Westmeath Fine Gael TD and Junior Minister Peter Burke says it solidifies the town's position as a national leader for top quality jobs in the pharma sector:
His constituency colleague, Fianna Fáil TD and Junior Minister for Trade, Robert Troy says Athlone IT's presence encourages expansions like this:
Fine Gael Senator, Longford's Micheál Carrigy also says:
“It’s really encouraging to see PPD are continuing to invest in its Athlone operations in an expansion that will create 180 jobs over three years and significantly add to the capabilities of the company’s current facility. This is a really positive development for Athlone and the midlands region."