News

Sanofi plans to axe 2000 jobs
Enlarge image

BusinessFrance

Sanofi plans to axe 2000 jobs

06.07.2012 - The French pharma giant is preparing for a major overhaul of activities in its home market.

Exact numbers are not yet final, but French unions already fear the worst. An estimate of 2,000 jobs lost is “probably close to reality,” said Thierry Bodin, a representative of the CGT union after a meeting with managers today. Europe’s third-biggest drugmaker wants to regroup its research in the Paris region and around Lyon, he said. This might be the end for research in Toulouse, where the blockbuster Plavix blood thinner was developed, and Montpellier. The company also plans to eliminate support functions and cut jobs at its Pasteur vaccine division, Bodin said.

Reuters reports, that Chief Executive Chris Viehbacher told employees that the unspecified number of job cuts, at its Toulouse and Montpellier sites, would be achieved through voluntary redundancies, early retirement and internal mobility. Manufacturing sites in France would not be affected by the project. Jean-Marc Podvin, a spokesman for Sanofi, said in a telephone interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, that no job cut figures were given and all options remain open for Toulouse. Montpellier could become a centre focused on clinical development, he added.

The company’s CEO Viehbacher began to restructure Sanofi in 2009 reducing headcount, closing plants and dropping the least promising projects. As part of a strategic shift, the French drugmaker is aiming at reducing internal research and having other actors, such as small biotechs, academic research to find new molecules and vaccines.

In its course to concentrate on its core competencies, Sanofi has decided to divest its 19.3% stake in the Yves Rocher Group, which operates in a variety of sectors, including cosmetics, home care products and clothing. The Rocher family which already controls most of the company will buy the shares and raise its stake to more than 95%.

http://www.european-biotechnology-news.com/news/news/2012-03/sanofi-plans-to-axe-2000-jobs.html

EbolaEUFrance

30.09.2014 In the face of the Ebola outbreak sweeping the West African countries, the EMA has started to review investigational treatments for the deadly virus disease.

FinancingSwitzerlandGermanyNetherlandsFrance

26.09.2014 Biotechnology has made the news in the stock market this month, as a wave of companies announced plans to launch IPOs on European exchanges later this year.

ResearchGermany

25.09.2014 After being hit hard by the Andromeda trial data falsification scandal, German biotech Evotec is moving back into calmer waters with new MS research projects.

FinancingNetherlands

23.09.2014 Dutch Biotech VC firm Aglaia has launched a new US$65m fund targeted towards biotechnology startups working on groundbreaking technologies aimed at preventing and curing cancer.

BusinessGermany

19.09.2014 In order to concentrate on the life science business, German industry giant Bayer is splitting off its plastics subgroup as a separate company.

FinanceSwitzerland

18.09.2014 Swiss biopharma Cardiorentis has received a €45m investment from overseas investment firm Healthcare Royalty Partners in order to finance the registration for its heart drug.

PoliticsEU

15.09.2014 Jean Claude Juncker, the European Commission President-elect revealed his new Commissioners last week, whilst announcing a change in the units dealing with medicines, medical devices and health technology.

BiosimilarsGermanyFrance

12.09.2014 The 2011 collaboration of Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly is bearing fruit. An insulin biosimilar developed through the partnership has now been approved in Europe - the first-ever generic version of this class.

FinancingNetherlands

11.09.2014 Cystic fibrosis specialist Proqr Therapeutics has set the terms for its upcoming IPO at US-American stock exchange NASDAQ.

Clinical TrialsUKSweden

09.09.2014 In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the European Respiratory Society’s International Congress 2014, Astrazeneca quietly announced the disappointing results of its latest benralizumab study.

Events

All Events

Current issue

All issues

Product of the week

Products

Stock list

All quotes

TOP

  • CO.DON3.13 EUR5.03%
  • 4SC1.06 EUR3.92%
  • SANTHERA88.65 CHF2.78%

FLOP

  • CYTOS0.19 CHF-9.52%
  • WILEX2.13 EUR-6.99%
  • FORMYCON8.03 EUR-5.42%

TOP

  • PAION3.18 EUR33.6%
  • CO.DON3.13 EUR27.8%
  • FORMYCON8.03 EUR14.2%

FLOP

  • CYTOS0.19 CHF-26.9%
  • ADDEX3.13 CHF-18.1%
  • EVOTEC3.06 EUR-16.8%

TOP

  • SANTHERA88.65 CHF2155.7%
  • PAION3.18 EUR224.5%
  • CO.DON3.13 EUR222.7%

FLOP

  • CYTOS0.19 CHF-95.2%
  • 4SC1.06 EUR-43.9%
  • THERAMETRICS0.08 CHF-42.9%

No liability assumed, Date: 30.09.2014