Science & Technology in Action


GlaxoSmithKline is a leading research-based pharmaceutical company committed to excellence and innovation. We are the second largest life science company in the world and have a leadership position in four major therapeutic areas – anti-infectives, gastrointestinal/metabolic, respiratory and central nervous system.

The source of our competitive advantage is the energy and commitment of our employees. Our mission is to improve the quality of human life to enable people to do more, feel better and to live longer.

World-wide we employ over 110,000 people and have 80 manufacturing sites in 37 countries.  At our Cork Site in Currabinny, which was established in 1975, we manufacture the active ingredients of medical compounds. Our Currabinny facility employs over 500 people, many of whom are engaged in development chemistry, analytical and quality chemistry and chemical and process engineering. 

The Cork facility is a strategic global new product introduction site within GSK’s manufacturing network. We have a highly automated manufacturing facility, as well as an R&D Pilot Plant with Pilot Plant Laboratories on site.

We are currently the primary production site for a number of GSK’s top selling drugs which treat illnesses such as depression, Type 2 Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, Ulcers, HIV, Ovarian Cancer, Breast Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and Arthritis. GlaxoSmithKline also has a manufacturing and R&D facility in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford and sales and marketing functions in Dublin. GSK currently employs over 1,400 in Ireland.