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Regeneron Ireland College Awards in collaboration with UL

Regeneron Ireland College Awards: Tricia Flahive, Regeneron, QC Award Winner Lee O’Connor, Old Cork Road, Limerick and Ellen Fitzgerald at the award ceremony at Regenerons IOPS facility. In addition to a trophy and a monetary sum, the prize winners will also receive a paid co-op internship with Regeneron for nine months beginning in 2019. Over three years, Regeneron will provide 45,000 in student awards to further strengthen the relationship between the company and both universities. Picture: Oisin McHugh True Media

Regeneron Ireland College Awards in collaboration with UL

Regeneron, in collaboration with the University of Limerick (UL,) has announced its new Regeneron Ireland College Awards. Regeneron is providing selected students pursuing degrees in science, engineering and related disciplines a monetary sum to support their studies in addition to a paid co-op internship with an assigned employee mentor.

Regeneron held the inaugural awards ceremony for its Regeneron Ireland College Award at its IOPS facility in Raheen Business Park, Limerick. The awards recognise the promising young talent pursuing degrees in science, engineering and related disciplines at the University of Limerick. In addition to a trophy and a monetary sum, the prize winners will also start a paid co-op internship with Regeneron for nine months in 2019.

Conor O’Regan (Chemical & Biological Engineering), Aaron Cummins and Lee O’Connor (both Industrial Biochemistry) were the first Regeneron Ireland College Award winners.

Students were invited to enter the Regeneron awards at the start of the college semester by preparing a presentation about specific topics related to their academic studies. The shortlisted candidates then presented and discussed their findings with a group of senior Regeneron managers who selected the winners.  

Niall O’Leary, Vice President and Site Head, Regeneron said:

“We are delighted to welcome Aaron, Conor and Lee to Regeneron as future interns and I would like to personally congratulate them on their achievement. It is fitting that the inaugural winners of our new awards are from the local region and attend UL. Since we started in Limerick in 2014 we have grown our team to over 800 people and approximately 20% of our work-force has a degree from UL. We view our relationship with UL as the template for successful partnering between industry and academia and the “Regeneron Ireland College Award” further strengthens our connection.

Des Fitzgerald, President, University of Limerick added, 

“Our relationship with Regeneron has allowed us to further bridge the gap between industry and academia. These awards give selected undergraduates an extremely advantageous opportunity and it is fantastic that our students can get a world-class experience in one of the world’s most innovative companies right on our doorstep. UL is very proud of our co-op programme and we are delighted to be collaborating with Regeneron on these awards.”  

About Regeneron Ireland

  • Regeneron’s 400,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Industrial Operations and Product Supply (IOPS) facility in the Raheen Business Park is the largest scale bulk biologics production facility in Ireland. The facility became operational in 2015.
  • IOPS is responsible for the production, packaging, labelling and delivery of Regeneron medicines. IOPS manufactures a broad range of biopharmaceuticals for patients worldwide, including therapeutic proteins approved for marketing by regional or national regulatory agencies and those involved in clinical studies.
  • The Raheen site currently employs more than 800 people and recruitment is underway to bring on additional high-end specialist jobs in commercial manufacturing, process sciences, quality assurance/control and various support functions for scientists, chemists and technicians. 
  • Regeneron is involved in many local STEM initiatives as part of its ongoing commitment to the community and STEM.


    • Regeneron is a sponsor of the Learning Hub, a local education initiative which works with primary school children to deliver engaging and exciting STEM related experiences.


    • Coláiste Mhichíl, the local Christian Brothers secondary school located on Sexton Street in Limerick officially opened two new science laboratories that were voluntarily revamped over the summer by a group of Regeneron employees.


    • Regeneron has a four-year apprentice programme for post-Leaving Certificate students that is now in its second year.


    • Regeneron runs a successful internship programme in partnership with Irish universities.  71 college interns have worked at Regeneron this year, in roles spanning the STEM spectrum, from mechanical engineering to pharmaceutical and industrial chemistry roles.


    • Partnering with Junior Achievement Ireland, 19 Regeneron volunteers inspired and motivated 420 students in 10 schools in Limerick and Clare during 2018. 



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