Mr John Conlon, EVP & Head of APAC Ops, Investment & Development Agency (IDA) Ireland
IDA Ireland (Investment & Development Agency) is Irish Government's investment and development agency responsible for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to Ireland. The country houses tech giants including Facebook, Sanofi, Intel, Yahoo, Adobe, Microsoft, SAP, HP, Apple, LinkedIn, Deutsche Bank, Google and Amazon among others. IDA is in business since the 1950s, and has offices in Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea and Singapore. It employs over 300 people and half of them are from overseas.
Based in Shanghai, Mr John Conlon is the EVP and head of APAC Operations at IDA Ireland. He recently visited India on a business trip, and spoke exclusively to BioSpectrum providing deep insights and happenings in Ireland's Life Sciences sector, and why Indian Pharma and Biotech companies should consider investing more in Ireland than ever before.
For Ireland, 70 percent of its business comes from the US; 20 percent from Europe, and the rest from the APAC.
In the next two to five years, the country aims to accelerate its business to the next level.
With a population of 5 million, the country is a host to 2 million workforce.