MSD Brinny’s ‘Lab of the Future’ is a giant leap for Irish pharma

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The MSD Brinny site has been a vibrant part of the Innishannon community in Cork for over 35 years and is one of the region’s largest employers.

With a long and proud tradition of manufacturing excellence as well as a strong legacy in the biopharmaceutical sector, MSD Brinny has always focused on innovation.

Most recently, the site has developed what is locally known as a ‘lab of the future. Using the latest technologies, a state-of-the-art, paperless, technical operation laboratory is being developed, capable of supporting manufacturing operations right across the site.

Colm O’Shea, who is one of the leaders of the lab as Associate Director, Technical Lab Operations, noted: “MSD Brinny is embracing an exciting transformation in the lab of the future. This forward-looking lab enables employees to analyse product profiles of complex manufacturing processes which is invaluable in terms of process knowledge and troubleshooting.

“The lab is taking the best of technological advancements globally and allowing us to execute our operations successfully and more efficiently.”

As part of this increasing focus on innovation and process optimisation right across the site, the MSD Brinny lab team can avail of ‘smart glasses’ that allow employees to remotely visualise all activities and processes in real-time through a virtual platform.

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