Health service provider Legato Health Technologies intends doubling its Irish workforce in Limerick to 120 by the middle of next year.

The announcement was made this morning at the official opening of Legato's R&D Hub in the Technology Park in Limerick - the US company's first investment in Europe.

Legato Health Technologies was founded in 2017 and employs over 20,000 workers worldwide.

The company said that the additional jobs commitment reflects its growth intentions for its Limerick operations.

The newly established Limerick base will be home to 120 jobs across business analytics, data science, machine learning and product management.

Rajat Puri, President of Legato Health Technologies, said the company was delighted to officially open its new base here in Ireland, a location it chose due to the high levels of talent available.

"We are looking for highly skilled colleagues to develop cutting edge data science and engineering technologies that can be applied to provide innovation and digital transformation for the healthcare sector," he said.

"Today is a very important day for the development of our company and we look forward to expanding our Limerick base further over the coming years," he added.

John Shaw, Country Head at Legato Health Technologies Ireland, said, the company is well on the way to filling its initial 60 posts announced in September.

"Today's announcement of a further 60 posts reflects the ambition we have for our R&D hub here in Limerick," Mr Show said.

"Legato is all about advancing technology to transform healthcare management and, in the process, improving lives," he said.

"This is an opportunity for people who want to work on high-impact projects and we are thrilled to open our new R&D Hub here in Limerick. We look forward to working with stakeholders in the Mid-West and nationally as well as welcoming our new colleagues to help build this centre into a world leading innovation hub," he added.

The investment is supported by the Government through IDA Ireland.