Taoiseach Enda Kenny unveiled a multimillion Biomedical facility in Trinity College, Dublin on June 17.
It is hoped the facility will redefine the scientific landscape in Ireland and underpin job creation in the Republic.
Named the Biomedical Sciences Institute, the eleven-storey development brings together 700 researchers covering areas of immunology, cancer and medical devices.
€80m of the project came from state funding under the Higher Education Authority (HEA), co-financed by the ERDF 2007-13 plan for medical education.
The rest of the €131m project was financed by Trinity through donations and revenue from commercial accommodation, underpinned by financing from the European Central Bank.
Kenny commented: ‘I am highly impressed by the enormous contribution Trinity’s bioscience researchers have already made to the improvement of human health and I am certain that this Institute will be at the heart of further groundbreaking discoveries, with national and global impacts.’
Trinity’s biomedical science outputs are among the best in the world, housing a neuroscience research department in the top 0.01% internationally.