Helsinn Birex Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Helsinn Birex Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

The Helsinn Group

Helsinn is a privately-owned pharmaceutical group with headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland, and operating subsidiaries in Ireland, USA and China. Founded in 1976, the company has become known worldwide for its unique business model focused on the licensing of innovative pharmaceuticals, medical devices and nutritional supplement products in therapeutic niche areas. The Group in-licenses early to late stage new chemical entities, completes their development from the performance of pre-clinical/clinical studies and Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC), development to the filing for and attainment of their market approval worldwide. Helsinn’s products are out-licensed to its network of local marketing and commercial partners worldwide, selected for their deep in-market knowledge and know-how, and assisted and supported with a full range of product and scientific management services, including commercial, regulatory, financial, legal and medical marketing advice. The active pharmaceutical ingredients and the finished dosage forms are manufactured at Helsinn’s cGMP facilities in Switzerland and Ireland, and supplied worldwide to its customers.

Today Helsinn is committed to advancing quality patient care through the development and commercialization of cancer supportive care treatments to benefit both patients and caregivers. Helsinn focuses R&D investments and resources on enhancing cancer supportive care, a still underserved yet important therapeutic area.

A modern Group focused on growth and development but also tied to tradition and on the values of a family business: in Helsinn more than 500 employees work not only for the health of the patient, but overall for the quality of life of the person.

Helsinn Birex Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Dublin

Ireland is a global center for pharmaceuticals manufacturing and supply for the top pharmaceutical companies worldwide with an excellent reputation for GMP compliance.

Since 1997 Helsinn Birex Pharmaceuticals has operated from a new state of art finished dosage facility in Damastown, Dublin, Ireland. From here Helsinn supplies its partners globally with ready to sell products on an exclusive basis, which are manufactured on site and/or using a netwowrk of high quality external manufacturing partners (CMO’s) located around the world.

In 2009 the Helsinn Group invested over EUR 13 million, with the support of the Irish Development Authority (IDA), to build a Centre-of-Excellence for oral solid dosage forms and Stability centre focused on developing the group pipeline of new solid dose products.

In 2011, further investments were made to increase the analytical testing capacity on the site. Helsinn has invested more than CHF50 million in Dublin and in dedicated capacity at the sites of its strategic contract manufacturing partners to guarantee all elements of the supply chain for development and commercial products.


  • Building area 8,000 m2 on a Site area of 27.100m2
  • Oral solid dosage forms, topical forms and packaging of sterile products
  • Worldwide logistic platform
  • Solid dose development and clinical supply
  • Stability center
  • Employment ca 180 (2014)

Helsinn Birex offers interesting and challenging careers in a team based workplace with modern facilities and opportunities for advancement. 

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Helsinn Birex Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Jobs

Manager, QA Compliance

  • Not disclosed
  • Updated 10/02/2016
  • Dublin

The Manager of QA Compliance at Helsinn Birex ensures that the Quality Systems are current, maintained, promoted and complied with in accordance with cGMPs, ensuring the site is audit ready.

Accounts Adminstrator

  • Not disclosed
  • Updated 10/02/2016
  • Dublin

Helsinn Birex Pharmaceuticals requires an Accounts Administrator. Contact Anne-Marie on 01-5224429 for further information.

Validation Engineer

  • Not disclosed
  • Updated 10/02/2016
  • Dublin

A QA Validation Engineer is required on a permanent basis

Manufacturing Supervisor

  • Not disclosed
  • Updated 10/02/2016
  • Dublin

The primary purpose of this role is to supervise all manufacturing activities associated with the formulation and development of new products, the manufacture of clinical trial batches and the manufacture of small scale commercial batches.

Helsinn Birex Pharmaceuticals Ltd. reviews

Helsinn Birex has been very good to me. I worked their for many happy years

Anonymous in Mulhuddart, Ireland

The Best Bits

The company is well structured and is very stable. It has an excellent reputation and has done very well at regulatory audits to include the HPRA nad FDA over the past 10 years. It has a firm focus on the patient and is very results driven. It strives for continuous improvement and growth, and as such offers plenty of opportunities to develop and advance. It has excellent facilities and the employees are friendly.

Things to improve

It is a smaller company with only 180 employees. The benefits of this is increased autonomy and opportunities to develop (IE you are not pigeon holed) but transversely the work load can be demanding at times.

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