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A new association will be launched in New York City this month to unite Irish expatriates in the United States who are involved in life sciences. The aim of BioLink USA-Ireland, to be officially launched Oct. 9, is to help people reconnect with their home country and help develop the Irish biotech industry.

Enterprise Ireland (EI), the trade and technology board of the Irish government, is setting up the project. Over the past year, EI established contacts with 400 people involved in the life sciences, including researchers, intellectual property and regulatory affairs specialists, and venture capital investors. The association is designed to inform expatriates about the life sciences in Ireland and to encourage members to contribute their experience, contacts, and expertise to biotechnology projects in their home country.

Association membership will be beneficial to people who want to return, and according to Deirdre McDonnell-Lee at EI, this holds...

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