French company Sanofi announces one of their largest investments ever in a single building and knocks the socks off the Toronto life sciences community. Sanofi announces that they are investing €350 million (C$500 million) into their Toronto facility to significantly increase capacity to meet the growing demand for pediatric and booster vaccines and demonstrate their commitment to innovation and leadership in global health.
The announcement was held at Sanofi Pasteur’s Canadian headquarters in Toronto and was joined by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth.
“Canada has a strong legacy in the research and development of vaccines. With this investment, Sanofi is renewing our longstanding commitment to making Canada central in our effort to protect and improve human health across the globe,” says David Loew, executive vice president and head of Sanofi Pasteur. “Vaccines save three million lives every year and this new facility will take us one step closer to a world where no one suffers or dies from a vaccine-preventable disease.”
The new facility will allow Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines global business unit of Sanofi, to meet the growing demand of five-component acellular pertussis (5-acP) antigen. The building itself is expected to be completed within three to four years, a year or two to get the quality management system up and running, and a year or two to do product development and testing. The site will be equipped to produce the antigens used in the diphtheria and tetanus vaccines.
“This project is one of the most important investments for the Sanofi global industrial network,” says Philippe Luscan, executive vice president, Global Industrial Affairs, Sanofi. “It demonstrates our continued commitment to manufacturing excellence and to better serving our vaccines portfolio to people all over the world.”
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