Ciarán Murray, chairman and former CEO of Icon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Icon may not be a household name in Ireland but it’s a global powerhouse in the pharmaceuticals sector, with operations in 37 countries. And all of it(...)

IPHA president GSK’s Aidan Lynch (centre); IPHA vice-president Paul Reid (Pfizer); and Bayer’s Itziar Canamasas with the Manifesto for Better Health ahead of the IPHA annual conference on November 8th. Photograph: Justin Mac Innes

Big Pharma in Ireland has an image problem. At least that’s how it sees it. “I think we are not seen as a trusted partner,” says Aidan Lynch, presid(...)

Healthcare potential: the MSD facility in Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pharma giant MSD – known in the US as Merck – is to expand its clinical trials programme in Ireland. The company, which employs about 1,800 people in (...)

Health Research Board chief executive Dr Graham Love:  “Research has to be at the very core of the Irish healthcare system.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The Health Research Board will address major health challenges while also putting the patient first in the research it pursues, the board declares in(...)