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Georgia Tech Research Institute To Open Research Facility in Ireland

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ATLANTA, GA. — Georgia Tech's Research Institute

is going international.

The applied research arm of Georgia Tech will spend $24 million and hire up to 50 researchers over the next five years as it builds a research facility in Athlone, Ireland.

Research will focus on Internet Protocol-based TV, radio frequency identification, biotechnology, medical devices and sustainable energy.

The facility will receive support from IDA Ireland, a government agency focused on industrial development and overseas investment in Ireland.

"Ireland is increasingly known as a world leader in innovation and for embracing technology," said Georgia Tech President Wayne Clough in a statement. "As Georgia Tech expands its global horizons, we seek partners who share our values and goals. Thus, we are especially pleased to celebrate the formation of this forward-looking collaboration with Ireland and our Georgia Tech Research Institute."

The Research Institute spends some $140 million a year in research and development. It employs 1,300 people.

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