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WILMINGTON, N.C. – (Nasdaq: PPDI) has opened a new contract research organization facility in Athlone, Ireland.

Twenty-one people have already been hired, and another 250 will be hired, according to PPD. The expansion will cost as much as $19 million.

The complex includes an 18,000 square foot analytical testing lab.

Customer demand in Europe, Middle east and Africa necessitated the expansion, according to PPD.

“Expanding our laboratory operations into Europe enables us to continue to deliver on our strong history of providing quality work and customer service to our growing client base in this region,” said Magdalena Mejillano, vice president of laboratory services for PPD.