Cork food trial company Atlantia is opening a new office in Chicago employing six people with plans to expand to 20 within two years.
At an event in Washington DC yesterday, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, made the announcement.
Atlantia Food Clinical Trials is a company that emerged from the APC Microbiome Ireland SFI Research Centre and is hosted at University College Cork.
The company specialises in conducting studies in foods and supplements for companies worldwide that want to scientifically validate their functional ingredients.
It is supported by Enterprise Ireland and funded by Science Foundation Ireland
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, said: “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 SFI Research Centres based at University College Cork. 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.”
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.”