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Sanofi (France) fights eczema from its Flanders site

Pharmaceutical group Sanofi currently has 100 job vacancies at its plant in Geel, Flanders. The French company is mainly looking for quality controllers and production employees. “This recruitment round is the direct result of Sanofi’s EUR 300 million investment announced in 2016,” says Sophie van Wel, spokesperson at Sanofi. This investment earned the company the Foreign Investment of the Year Trophy presented by Flanders Investment & Trade in 2017.

Sanofi plant in Geel, Belgium

Major expansion of biotech plant

In 2016, the French multinational announced an investment of EUR 300 million in its plant in Geel, formerly known as Genzyme. Sophie van Wel, spokesperson at Sanofi, explains: “With this investment, the company wants to increase existing production capacity through the development of new laboratories focused on quality control and production technology.”

Sanofi built an additional production hall of 8,000 square meters, which is currently being validated by the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US.

Expertise in the treatment of eczema

The medicines that Sanofi will produce in Geel have already been approved. The drug will treat eczema, an inflammatory skin disease. "We target severe forms of eczema. Some sufferers can't sleep because of the itching,” says Sophie Van Wel. The topical treatment contains monoclonal antibodies, which Sanofi grows in 5 new bioreactors. The antibodies strengthen the immune system, empowering it to defeat pathogens that cause skin inflammation.

In Geel, Sanofi makes biological drugs, such as a treatment for Pompe Disease. Soon, drugs against cardiovascular disease (CVD) and arthritis (joint inflammation) will be added.

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Reported by
Newspaper De Tijd
28 January 2020

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