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TRAINEE ASTRONAUT LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN CHAMPIONING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHEMATICS (STEM) AMONG STUDENTS

  • Mairead McGuinness MEP joins Dr Norah Patten, Ireland’s only astronaut in training, Science Foundation Ireland  (SFI) and others in Sligo to showcase AbbVie-backed  initiative
  • Back to School for STEM will see the company’s employees proactively engaging with schools, teachers and students to promote career opportunities in the STEM disciplines
  • Initiative follows the publication of a recent  report highlighting the importance of promoting pharmaceutical industry role models
  • Experts agree a strong supply of STEM graduates is vital to the future strength and competitiveness  of the Irish economy

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Pictured at the launch of AbbVie’s Back to School for STEM science education initiative were Dr Norah Patten and Mairead McGuinness, MEP. Back to School for STEM will see the AbbVie employees proactively engaging with schools, teachers and students to promote career opportunities in the STEM disciplines


AbbVie’s Cork Employees Help Transform Carrigtwohill School’s Facilities During Their Global Volunteering Week

  • Close to 50 employees from AbbVie’s Cork manufacturing plant in Carrigtwohill helped to improve and upgrade facilities at St Aloysius College, Carrigtwohill, Cork
  • Outreach involves improvements at the school’s gym, common room and gardens
  • Approximately 8,000 AbbVie volunteers in more than 50 countries – including more than 350 in Cork, Dublin and Sligo – will volunteer 36,000 hours to worthwhile community projects – especially in the area of education.

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AbbVie’s Dublin Employees Help Transform Walkinstown School’s Autism Facilities During Their Global Volunteering Week

  • More than 50 volunteers from AbbVie’s Dublin offices transform autism facilities at Greenhills College, South Dublin
  • Outreach involves improvements at the school’s kitchen, library and autism sensory unit
  • Approximately 8,000 AbbVie volunteers in more than 50 countries – including more than 350 in Cork, Dublin and Sligo – will volunteer 36,000 hours to worthwhile community projects – especially in the area of education.

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AbbVie’s Sligo Employees Help Transform St Edward’s National School During Their Global Volunteering Week

  • 250+ employees from AbbVie’s two manufacturing plants in Sligo will help to transform St Edward’s National School, Ballytivnan during the company’s annual volunteering initiative 
  • Approximately 8,000 colleagues in more than 50 countries – including more than 350 in Cork, Dublin and Sligo – will give 36,000 service hours to address challenges facing the underserved – especially in the area of education.


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AbbVie Recognised as Ireland's #1 Workplace

Biopharmaceutical company presented with prestigious title at the 2018 Great Place to Work Awards

AbbVie, the global biopharmaceutical company with a significant presence in Ireland, has been named as the country’s #1 large workplace. The accolade was presented at the annual Great Place to Work Awards in Dublin recently.

AbbVie is listed among the Best Large Workplaces in Ireland for the fifth successive year and was placed 3rd on the prestigious list in 2016 and 2017. The company’s first place finish ensures it remains the highest placed employer in the biopharmaceutical/pharmaceutical industry across all categories. 

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AbbVie employees from our Cork, Dublin and Sligo locations are pictured celebrating AbbVie’s 1st place ranking at the Great Place to Work Awards.


BITC 2018 Business Impact Map

AbbVie recently contributed to the development of an Irish corporate responsibility ‘Business Impact Map’. The Map captures statistics from 57 of Ireland’s largest companies, including AbbVie, which are members of Business in the Community Ireland (BITC).

The map gives a county-by-county breakdown of how companies and their employees supported their local community groups and charities during 2017.

AbbVie aspires to being a good corporate citizen, not just internationally and nationally but also at a local level. This map clearly demonstrates how and where we deliver on that commitment. 
 


AbbVie’s cross-site sustainability commitment secures top environmental award

AbbVie was recognised for its best-in-class corporate responsibility efforts recently as the company won a prestigious ‘Green Pharmaceutical Award’ at the annual Green Awards.

The Green Awards recognise and showcase organisations which make an extraordinary contribution to a greener future in Ireland. The Awards are open to multinationals, SMEs, government departments, local community groups, or individuals who tackle climate change and other environmental issues.


Pictured from L-R : Jens Buchwald (AbbVie, Cork ); Jim Leahy (AbbVie, Ballytivnan); Grainne Devaney (AbbVie, Ballytivnan) and, far right, Peter Moran (AbbVie, Manorhamilton Road) are pictured accepting the 2018 Green Pharmaceutical Award


Lab-Awards

AbbVie shortlisted for Pharmaceutical Laboratory of the Year Award

AbbVie’s Quality Control (QC) Laboratory at the company’s Manorhamilton Road site in Sligo has been shortlisted for Pharmaceutical Laboratory of the Year at the upcoming Irish Laboratory Awards 2018. This is the first time that the company has been nominated for one of these sought-after awards.

Launched in 2013, The Irish Laboratory Awards has established itself as the premier event in Ireland for benchmarking those that demonstrate excellence, best practice and innovation in Ireland’s laboratories.


AbbVie Expands Oncology Capability at the Company’s Site in Ballytivnan, Sligo

SLIGO, January 16th, 2017 – AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global research and development-based biopharmaceutical company, today announced an expansion of its manufacturing facility in Sligo to support the growth of its Oncology pipeline.

The $139 million (€113.6 million) investment in new sterile manufacturing technology at the Ballytivnan site will help deliver promising treatments for cancers with significant unmet medical needs. The expansion will create approximately 100 new jobs over the course of 3 years in a variety of technical and manufacturing positions. The project is supported by the Government through IDA Ireland.

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Tallaght Students Participate in AbbVie Science Exploration Project

AbbVie in Ireland returned to St Aidan’s Community School Brookfield, Tallaght to share its science promotion programme with students. Called SEEK (Science Engineering Exploration Knowledge), the schools outreach is part of a global AbbVie project designed to introduce students to the nature of science and engineering through fun participatory activities. AbbVie volunteers conducted a 60 minute hands on science lesson with first year students which introduced the concepts on observation, inference and scientific discovery.

AbbVie chose to do their SEEK programme in the school’s science lab, which had been refurbished earlier in the year by employees from AbbVie’s commercial offices in Citywest as part of the company’s ‘Week of Possibilities’ corporate responsibility initiative. The SEEK programme reflects the company’s wider commitment to the promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM.


Back row Pictured from L-R: Danielle Dennehy; Aoife Dennedy, Jayne O’Keeffe & Niamh O’Hara
Front Row: First year students from St Aidan’s Community School Brookfield in Tallaght are accompanied by their teacher Elizabeth Sheehan


      

AbbVie Ballytivnan SEAI Finalist

AbbVie’s plant at Ballytivnan in Sligo was a recent finalist at the prestigious Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Sustainable Energy Awards. The SEAI shortlisted AbbVie for its design award to reflect the company’s sustainable and considered approach to the redevelopment of the building and facilities, which date back to the mid-70’s.  

The SEAI awards promote excellence in energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the island of Ireland.

Since AbbVie’s formation in 2013, the company has invested approximately €80 million to develop and expand the Ballytivnan facility, which is located just north of Sligo town centre.

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Jim Leahy, Site Engineering Services and EHSE&S Manager, AbbVie Balltivnan is pictured with Grainne Devaney, Site Services Engineering Team Lead, AbbVie Ballytivnan at the recent SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards    

AbbVie Recognised for sustainability at Pharma Industry Awards

AbbVie in Ireland’s ongoing commitment to sustainable business practices was highlighted at the recent Irish Pharma Industry Awards where the company was presented with the Responsible Care award. The Pharma Industry Awards recognise and celebrate the most original and innovative individuals and companies that demonstrate excellence in the Irish Pharma sector. Responsible Care is a global initiative developed by the Chemicals Industry to improve its health, safety and environmental performance. The award reflects the industry’s commitment to sustainability.


Pictured from L-R: Andrew Shaw, AbbVie Citywest, Dublin; Catriona Mortell, AbbVie Citywest, Dublin; Dr Michael Gillen, BioPharmaChem Ireland; Jens Buchwald, AbbVie Cork; Bernard Murray, AbbVie Ballytivnan, Sligo; Michael Gallagher, AbbVie Manorhamilton Road, Sligo.


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AbbVie Place 6th in World’s Best Workplaces 2017

AbbVie has been recognised as one of World’s Best Workplaces 2017. The company received this prestigious accolade at the World Great Place to Work Awards recently, with AbbVie positioned 6th out of 25 companies. AbbVie was also the highest ranked pharma company on this prestigious list.

Global acknowledgment follows on from AbbVie’s remarkable back-to-back top 3 ranking in the Ireland-specific awards in early 2017.

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AbbVie employee takes top honours at recent Early Career Awards

Michael Redmond, a mechanical engineer based in AbbVie’s Manorhamilton Road site in Sligo, is pictured at the recent Irish Early Career Awards. Michael was the winner of the Early Career Professional in Engineering award and also took the highly prestigious overall Early Career Professional of the Year 2017.

The event took place in the Mansion House in Dublin recently and the awards were presented by the guest of honour, Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe.

Michael was also named Graduate Employee of the Year at the gradireland Recruitment Awards earlier in 2017.


Report calls for increased exposure to stem subjects in schools to ensure necessary talent pipeline

  • Inadequate selection of STEM subjects available at post-primary level particularly physics and chemistry
  • Concern that Irish students entering third level education lack mathematical preparedness
  • Supply of STEM graduates vital to the future of the economy, particularly key pharma and biopharma sectors
  • Partnership approach needed to overcome negative perception of STEM amongst parents, girls and other school-goers 
  • Multi-stakeholder analysis identifies 10 recommendations to improve Irish student engagement in science and science-related careers


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Pictured at the STEM Paths round table event where the report recommendations were discussed were Dick Ahlstrom, former Science Editor, The Irish Times; Caroline McClafferty, HR Director, AbbVie; Todd Manning, General Manager, AbbVie


AbbVie wins top prize at Ireland’s most prestigious graduate awards event

Michael Redmond, a mechanical engineer based in AbbVie’s Manorhamilton Road site and participant in the company’s Operations Development Programme (ODP), was named Graduate Employee of the Year at the 2017 gradireland Recruitment Awards.

This is the second time in three years that an AbbVie employee has been awarded the top accolade at the prestigious graduate awards event. Michael had to fend off competition from 18 other companies to win the overall prize.  

AbbVie also secured a Gold award for its intern programme – the company scooped the Silver award in 2016.


Pictured celebrating the award wins were from L-R: Rekha Chadda,  AbbVie Manorhamilton Road, Sligo;   Ross McManus, AbbVie Ballytivnan, Sligo; Emmet Wrafter, AbbVie Manorhamilton Road, Sligo; Joanne Conway, AbbVie Cork; Louise Clarke, AbbVie Santry, Dublin. Michael Redmond, AbbVie Manorhamilton Road, Sligo; Caroline McClafferty, AbbVie Manorhamilton Road, Sligo; and Andrew Shaw, AbbVie Citywest, Dublin.


AbbVie’s Sligo Employees Donate more than 1,000 Hours to Help Transform Local Training Centre During Global Volunteering Week

  • Almost 300 employees from AbbVie’s two manufacturing sites in Sligo volunteer for more than 1,000 hours during a one week period to refurbish local training centre
  • Third consecutive year that AbbVie’s employees have participated in this global volunteering initiative 
     

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AbbVie’s Cork Employees Show Their Commitment to STEM During Global Volunteering Week

  • More than 400 employees from across AbbVie’s four locations in Ireland (Cork, Dublin and Sligo) volunteer to improve the communities where they live and work
  • Almost 60 employees from AbbVie’s Cork offices improve Cork school’s facilities 
  • Third consecutive year that AbbVie’s employees have participated in this global volunteering project
     

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AbbVie’s Dublin Employees Show Their Commitment to Science Education During Global Volunteering Week

  • More than 400 employees from across AbbVie’s four locations in Ireland (Cork, Dublin and Sligo) volunteer to improve the communities where they live and work
  • Almost 60 employees from AbbVie’s Dublin offices overhaul Tallaght community school’s dated science lab
  • Third consecutive year that AbbVie’s employees have participated in this global volunteering project
     

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L-R: Elizabeth O’Reilly, Science Teacher, St Aidan’s Community School, Tallaght; Carol Keating, Deputy Principal, St Aidan’s Community School, Tallaght; Karen Quigley, Principal, St Aidan’s Community School; Colm Brophy, TD; and Todd Manning, General Manager, AbbVie Ireland are pictured at the reveal of the newly refurbished science lab in St Aidan’s Community School in Tallaght


ABBVIE ONE OF THE FIRST COMPANIES IN IRELAND TO RECEIVE LATEST EUROPEAN SUSTAINABLE ASSET MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION

Ballytivnan-based company awarded ISO 55001 mark to reflect asset management capabilities

AbbVie, the global biopharmaceutical company with a significant presence in Sligo, has become one of the first Irish businesses to receive an ISO 55001 certification for its asset management capabilities.

The milestone was achieved by AbbVie’s Ballytivnan plant and brings their ISO accreditation tally to four since the company’s formation in 2013.

ISO 55001 is a framework designed to help organisations pro-actively manage the lifecycle of their fixed assets. It ensures that buildings, IT equipment, and machinery, for example, are used from purchase through to decommission in a sustainable fashion.

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