US medical technologies company Stryker is to build a new 44,000 square foot surgical innovation centre in Cork, which will combine all Ireland-based research and new product development activities and support functions within one purpose-built facility. Construction is set to commence in the last months of this year, with completion expected in Q4 2015.
“This state-of-the-art facility will drive innovation by giving us the ability to design, develop and test new products in conditions that mimic real life,” Stryker Instruments President Jim Heath said.
The innovation centre, which Stryker says will fuel future growth, will focus on the research and development of products, technologies and solutions to reduce surgical procedure time and healthcare costs while improving surgical precision and clinical outcomes in the areas of bone cutting, soft tissue dissection and adjacent areas across a broad spectrum of surgical specialities and procedures. It is being constructed with the support of the IDA.
Stryker says the facility will feature state-of-the-art R&D facilities for product design and process development and a customer experience laboratory that will allow engineers and surgeons to test and evaluate new ideas, technology and product designs in a simulated operating room and surgical environment.
Stryker first came to Ireland in 1998 and now employs over 2,200 people at four sites between Cork and Limerick, including over 150 people in research and development.