A medical technology firm has announced 85 new jobs for the Limerick region.
The new positions were announced at the opening of the new Becton Dickinson (BD) research centre in Limerick's National Technology Park.
The new jobs will bring the total number of employees in the company's Limerick operation to 285.
BD is a global medical technology company which has locations in Limerick, Dun Laoghaire and Drogheda.
According to the company, the BD Limerick Centre of Excellence will "initially be focused on product and software development, clinical research instrumentation and prototype development, primarily for the company's Life Sciences business".
Ellen Strahlman, Chief Medical Officer for BD, said that Limerick will be "very important" for the company's strategic growth.
"Ireland is an important part of our growth plans, and the Limerick Centre of Excellence is foundational in our objective to build an agile, world-class global organization to deliver an R&D portfolio that drives growth," said Ms Strahlman.
"This will require significant hiring of R&D associates, collaboration with local universities and the development of new technical capabilities.
"Areas served by activities and products arising from our new R&D Centre of Excellence will include the fields of microbiology and molecular biology, clinical and cellular research analysis, and industrial microbiology."
BD has been in Ireland since 1964 and currently employs almost 600 people.