Invest NI pays tribute to Sir Allen McClay

Jan 13, 2010

Following the news of the passing of Almac Chairman and founder, Sir Allen McClay, the Board and management of Invest NI today praised his contribution to economic development.

Chairman Stephen Kingon said: “I had the privilege of knowing and working with Sir Allen since the early 1970’s and his personal drive, ambition and visionary leadership was always evident. The Almac Group has grown to become a Northern Ireland company of global stature. That would not have been possible without the huge personal contribution of Sir Allen, who could see the potential for Northern Ireland to be a global presence in Life Sciences. This was underpinned by his realisation of, and support for, the need to combine economic development with academic research as evidenced by the recent announcement of collaboration projects between the McClay Foundation, Queen’s University, and Invest NI. There is no doubt that he will be greatly missed.

“In recognition of his personal drive and contribution, Sir Allen rightly received a number of personal accolades, including being recognised as one of the inaugural inductees into Invest NI’s entrepreneurial Hall of Fame.”

Invest NI Chief Executive, Alastair Hamilton, commented: “In building Almac into a global player, Sir Allen laid the foundations for the emergence of a competitive life sciences sector in Northern Ireland.

“Since establishing Almac in 2002, Invest NI has worked closely with Sir Allen and his team on a number of major projects to support the growth of both the group and the wider life sciences sector, which is a priority sector. We are determined to continue the drive to develop the sector and build on the strong foundations which he put in place. There could be no more fitting tribute to Sir Allen.”

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