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Sanofi-aventis Kicks Off €200M Conversion of French Pharma Plant into Biotech Facility

Sanofi-aventis said this week it will spend €200M ($266 million) to transform its pharmaceuticals production site in Vitry-sur-Seine, France, into a facility for researching, developing, then producing biotechnology products through alliances with smaller biotech companies. Starting in 2012, for example, the plant is expected to create the company’s first cell culture biotechnoloy platform designed to produce monoclonal antibodies.

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