WILMINGTON,Merrion Pharmaceuticals a start-up firm based in Wilmington, opened its research and development laboratories in Dublin, Ireland, on Tuesday.

The lab operates as Merrion Biopharma.

Merrion, which hopes to have its first products on the market in 2008, is focused on oral drug delivery.

Merrion’s two most developed technologies are GIPET, which facilitates better absorption of drugs into the body, and GIRES, which releases drugs over an extended length of time into the stomach. Its portfolio includes 27 issued and in-process patents for the oral delivery of a wide variety of drugs and biologic products

Merrion: www.merrionpharma.com