In Ireland since 1975, industrial giant 3M is to establish a new digital research and development technical centre in Dublin to devise AI-driven medical solutions of the future.

Science-based global company 3M is to create 100 new jobs over the next two-to-three years in Dublin at its new 3M Digital Science Community.

3M has had a presence in Ireland since 1975 and currently employs upwards of 500 people, both in Dublin and at its manufacturing facility in Athlone.

“We see Dublin as a highly attractive location for this significant investment”

3M’s investment in the 3M Digital Science Community is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Designing the digital future

“We see Dublin as a highly attractive location for this significant investment,” said Dr Michael Dolezal, vice president of the 3M Digital Science Community.

“With many businesses reopening over recent weeks, things are improving, and we will see our city centre bustling again”

“Crucially, you have the education ecosystem and experienced talent that we need to launch the company’s first Research and Development technical centre focused on digital technology.

“This centre is positioned to grow and optimise 3M’s global digital, data security and privacy operations, to accelerate deployment of cloud-based solutions and architectures, and to enhance research and development in artificial intelligence.”

“This new centre will bring together elite technology professionals to share knowledge and ideas helping to address the challenges that our customers face in a dynamically changing global market. The centre will enhance our ability to address customer needs through development and deployment of scalable digital technologies enabling us to enter new market segments and geographies.”

Recruitment underway

Recruitment for the new 3M Digital Science Community is underway with new team members working remotely until the fit out of 2 Cumberland Place in Dublin’s city centre is complete later this year.

“This investment communicates a strong message that Ireland is an ideal location for specialist skills and technology in the health tech space”

“With many businesses reopening over recent weeks, things are improving, and we will see our city centre bustling again,” said Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar, TD.

“The establishment of this new research and development centre will create 100 highly skilled jobs over the next two to three years and is further proof that Ireland is recognised as a global hub for leading technology innovators. I wish the company all the best in this exciting new chapter.”

The centre works closely with 3M Health Care’s Health Information Systems Division (HIS) and with the broader 3M Health Care Business Group.  3M HIS is one of the world’s largest providers of integrated software and consulting services designed to improve the performance and delivery of quality healthcare. 
3M HIS’s expertise lies in the provision of complex algorithms, artificial intelligence, clinical speech recognition and computer assisted coding designed to accurately document patient encounters, measure the quality of healthcare delivery and improve clinical outcomes, while also securing cost savings across for customers in the healthcare industry.

3M HIS works with more than 8,000 healthcare organisations in 25 countries, including healthcare providers, insurance companies and government agencies.

“3M is a high profile, iconic company and a leader within the healthcare IT market and its choice of Dublin for this important investment is very significant,” said IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan.

“This investment communicates a strong message that Ireland is an ideal location for specialist skills and technology in the health tech space.”

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 25 June 2021