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Why Pfizer injects innovation in pharma production in Flanders

American biopharma juggernaut Pfizer has been present in Flanders for decades. Luc Van Steenwinkel, managing director of Pfizer Puurs, knows why: “The region boasts a central location in Europe. This, in combination with Flanders’ top-notch education system and excellent workforce, makes a big difference.”

Pharma production hub

“As a pharma and health company, we inform people about health, produce vaccines, detect diseases early on and carry out a lot of research to develop new medicines in response to medical needs,” Van Steenwinkel continues. “To achieve that, we operate 4 major sites in Belgium and Flanders as a region: an R&D center in Anderlecht, our Belgian HQ in Brussels, a distribution center in Zaventem and an ultramodern factory in Puurs, where we make sterile products that are shipped worldwide.”

Investment after investment

As one of the world’s largest biopharmaceutical companies, Pfizer invests heavily in research and development. Van Steenwinkel: “In the past 6 years, we have funneled over EUR 500 million into various projects at our Flanders-based site in Puurs. We have created more than 1,000 jobs, and we will continue on this path in the years to come.”

People power

It’s our people, however, who are the main driving force behind our growth in Flanders and beyond. In addition to their knowledge, educational backgrounds and expertise, there’s also the work ethic in Flanders: the drive to do the right thing for the patient at all times, and to produce medicines of the highest quality. That’s definitely a major key to success.

Luc Van Steenwinkel
Managing Director, Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium

Managing Director, Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium

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PfizerForeign Investment Trophy
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Flanders Investment & Trade
26 April 2018

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