Medical devices company Biotrin has announced 40 new jobs are to be created in Dublin.

The jobs will be in R & D, manufacturing and marketing and are supported through IDA Ireland.

Biotrin, a subsidiary of Italian firm Diasorin, develops technologies to run tests on common infectious diseases.

'Ireland has a strong cluster of firms in the life science sector with eight of the top 10 pharmaceutical and 15 of the top 20 medical devices companies based here,' said Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O'Keeffe announcing the jobs.

'The 40 new jobs will add to our reputation as a global leader for life science firms'.

The project establishes the Dublin site as Diasorin's corporate headquarters for molecular diagnostics R & D, and brings the total number of workers there to 100.

Biotrin was established in Dublin in 1992 and is the world leader in tests for Human Parvovirus B19, a virus that can cause miscarriage in pregnancy.