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Varadkar launches Chicago base for Cork’s Atlantia

Wednesday, 20th March, 2019 4:36pm

A Cork company is to create jobs in Chicago as it expands across the Atlantic.

At an event in Washington DC, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the opening of new offices for Atlantia Food Clinical Trials in Chicago.

Atlantia Food Clinical Trials will create an initial six jobs on opening in Chicago, growing to 20 positions within two years.

Leo Varadkar said at the event on 14 March: “This is a big step for Atlantia and it marks the next phase of the company’s development. Atlantia has grown out of one of our Government-backed Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centres based at UCC.

“These SFI research centres are helping to create a new generation of cutting-edge enterprises which are using innovation to respond to consumer and market demand. I’d like to congratulate Atlantia on their success to date and wish them well as they go global.”

Atlantia Food Clinical Trials is a highly specialised, Enterprise Ireland-supported company, and a spin out of the APC Microbiome Ireland SFI Research Centre, which is funded by SFI and hosted at UCC.

Andrea Doolan, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder at Atlantia Food Clinical Trials, said: “The decision to expand our clinic base in Chicago is due to the ever-increasing demand for clinical trials on functional foods. This industry is in a phase of rapid discovery and strong growth, and as a leading expert in clinical studies, we can help our clients to deliver on their product development needs, in a highly competitive market.”

The company is a contract research organisation (CRO) that specialises in conducting studies in foods, supplements and live biotherapeutics for companies world-wide that want to scientifically validate their functional ingredients to support an EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) health claim, FDA (Food & Drug Administration) structure function claim, or general product marketing claim.

Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, said: “We are delighted to continue our support of Atlantia Food Clinical Trials into the next phase of their development, having supported the company to initially explore the US market through the Enterprise Ireland Discovery Fund. The company is providing a unique service, carried out by inhouse experts who have grown from a foundation of research excellence at UCC.

“This US expansion demonstrates an impressive commitment to the functional ingredients market, which is now worth in excess of €45billion.”

Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General at SFI and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland said: “World-leading SFI research centres are recognised internationally. As well as attracting talent and capital to Ireland, they foster cutting-edge spin out companies and continue to successfully deliver on their mandate for excellent research with strong economic and societal impact. I am delighted to congratulate Atlantia Food Clinical Trials, on its expansion in Chicago.”

Atlantia Food Clinical Trials is uniquely positioned in the marketplace, running and operating its own clinic sites. Its team includes physician experts in digestive health, mental health, cardiovascular health, sports performance, metabolic disease, bone health, immune health and healthy ageing. The clinical team includes project managers, research nurses, nutritionists, certified sports trainers and lab researchers.

Atlantia Food Clinical Trials continues to collaborate with the APC Microbiome Ireland SFI Research Centre, Teagasc and other recognised centres of excellence globally.

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