Servier invests in bioproduction in France
Servier announces the launch of a bioproduction programme at its site in Gidy. First research batches in 2019 and first clinical batches in 2020.
Today, approximately 50% of the new anticancer treatments originate from biotechnologies, and the partnerships established by Servier in this field over recent years with Macrogenics, Cellectis, Pfizer, GeNeuro, Sorrento, and also the Institut Curie, are in keeping with this trend. Through their mechanism of action, which is more targeted and more accurate than those of chemical molecules, these biopharmaceuticals allow better efficacy and reduced side effects to be achieved in given patient populations.
In order to accelerate the availability of these new treatments for patients and healthcare professionals, to better control the development process for these candidate drugs, and to be able to reduce the costs of the end products, Servier has decided to complement its industrial expertise by building a bioproduction unit at its site in Gidy, near Orléans (France).
Christian Sauveur, Vice-President in charge of Industry for Servier, states: “it is essential for our Group to control the entire drug chain, in order to improve our efficiency and to guarantee the quality of our products. Our industrial commitment in France, and worldwide, is thus strengthened”.
While waiting for the premises in Gidy to be ready to accommodate this new production, the setting-up process and the development of the group’s expertise have already started, in partnership with the University of Dublin (Ireland) and the Servier R&D teams. At the same time, work will soon begin on the fitting out of production unit 3 in Gidy, covering an area of some 3000 m2, at an estimated budget of 35 million euros. The site should be able to produce its first research batches (non GMP) during the first semester of 2019, and the first clinical batches at the beginning of 2020. In 2020, the bioproduction team should include some thirty staff.
By investing in its site in Gidy to launch this new bioproduction unit, Servier is contributing towards the regional ecosystem, as well as to the national market in this field.
Servier is an international pharmaceutical company governed by a non-profit Foundation and headquartered in France. With a strong international presence in 148 countries and a turnover of 3.9 billion euro in 2015, Servier employs over 21,200 people worldwide. Corporate growth is driven by Servier’s constant search for innovation in five areas of excellence: cardiology, oncology, metabolism, neuropsychiatry and rheumatology, as well as by its activities in high quality generic drugs. Being completely independent, the Group reinvests 25% of Servier’s products turnover in Research and Development, and all its profits in its growth.
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