Philips adds jobs to Irish informatics group

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Philips Healthcare Informatics will create 30 new jobs as a result of its operations expansion in Belfast, Ireland.

In addition, Invest Northern Ireland's £420,000 ($595,000 U.S.) offer to support the expansion brings total employment to 49, the company said.

"This expansion project demonstrates the confidence that this blue-chip multinational group has in its Belfast operation and in the local skills base," said Northern Ireland Minister Arlene Foster. "The creation of these high-value specialist jobs shows that, even in an economic downturn, businesses that are focused on innovation and niche product development can continue to grow."

Philips Healthcare Informatics has had a presence in Northern Ireland since it acquired Belfast-based cardiovascular information systems developer Tomcat Clinical Systems in March 2008.