Pharmaceutical services company Almac Group is planning to add 79 new hires in Durham over the next three years, a move that would boost its local workforce by 27 percent.
The company, which is headquartered in Northern Ireland, also plans to invest $5.2 million in its Durham site.
Almac, which currently employs 288 workers in Durham, is a contract research organization, or CRO, that helps drug companies conduct and analyze clinical trials of experimental medicines. It also does contract manufacturing for drug companies.
Almac is headquartered in Northern Ireland and employs about 4,600 workers worldwide, including more than 1,600 at six U.S. sites.
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The state Department of Commerce reported that Almac is eligible for up to $77,000 in tax incentives from the One North Carolina Fund if its meets its job creation and investment targets.
All One NC grants require a matching local government grant. Earlier this week, the Durham City Counncil approved a $77,000 incentive package for Almac, which has operated in Durham since the mid-1990s.
The new jobs, according to the state, will pay an annual wage of $69,979. The average wage in Durham County is $66,913.
The Triangle is the epicenter of the CRO industry and is home to three of the largest CROs: Quintiles, INC Research and PRA Health Sciences.