Investment of the Year trophy goes to Sanofi
French biopharma firm Sanofi claimed the grand prize for channeling EUR 300 million into the expansion of its biotech factory in Geel. Gunther Pauwels, general manager at Sanofi Geel received the trophy for Foreign Investment of the Year from Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment & Trade. Sanofi’s investment received the majority of the votes after 3 voting rounds. In addition to a professional jury, the public also cast its vote online. During the awards ceremony, a final voting declared Sanofi the overall winner. Sanofi gained victory over four competitors: air-conditioning specialist Daikin (Japan), sporting goods retail chain Decathlon (France), vinyl flooring manufacturer IVC (US) and package delivery company UPS (US).