Sanofi Pasteur

Sanofi Pasteur
sanofi pasteur
Type Public
Founded August, 2004 by merger
Headquarters Lyon, France
Key people Wayne Pisano President
Parent Sanofi

Sanofi Pasteur is the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group. It is the largest company in the world devoted entirely to vaccines.



In 2004, Aventis merged with and into Sanofi. The new sanofi-aventis Group became the world's 3rd largest pharmaceutical company. Aventis Pasteur, the vaccine division of sanofi-aventis Group, changed its name to sanofi pasteur.[1]

Key dates

  • 1897: Marcel Mérieux creates the Mérieux Biological Institute in Lyon. Richard Slee creates the Pocono Biological Laboratories, in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania in the U.S.
  • 1914: John FitzGerald creates Connaught Laboratories, part of the University of Toronto.
  • 1968: Rhône-Poulenc acquires 51% of the capital of the Institut Mérieux.
  • 1974: Pasteur Institute creates Pasteur Production, a subsidiary specializing in manufacturing vaccines.
  • 1978: Connaught Laboratories in Canada acquires the vaccine manufacturing facility (Merrell-National Laboratories) at Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, U.S.
  • 1985: Pasteur Production is acquired by the Mérieux Institute, and Pasteur Vaccins is created
  • 1989: The Mérieux Institute acquires the Connaught Laboratories in Canada and its subsidiaries and becomes a world leader in human biology
  • 1990: Creation of Pasteur Mérieux Serums & Vaccins.
  • 1994: Pasteur Mérieux Sérums & Vaccins becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Rhône-Poulenc.
  • 1996: Pasteur Mérieux Connaught is the new name of Pasteur Mérieux Serums et Vaccins.
  • 1999: Rhône-Poulenc and Hoechst unite their Life Sciences activities in a single company, which takes on the name Aventis. Within this group, Pasteur Mérieux Connaught changes its name to Aventis Pasteur.
  • 2004: merger of Aventis with and into Sanofi. The new sanofi-aventis Group becomes the world's 3rd largest pharmaceutical company, behind Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline. Aventis Pasteur, the vaccine division of the sanofi-aventis Group, changes its name to sanofi pasteur.
  • 2008: Sanofi Pasteur acquires Acambis plc, a biotech company.
  • 2009: Sanofi Pasteur acquires major stake in Hyderabad-based Shantha Biotechnics, which has been valued at euro 550 million (over Rs 3,770 crore).[2]

Key facts & figures in 2009

  • Sanofi pasteur - 2009 net sales: € 3,483 millions (+9.2% over 2008)
  • Staff: more than 12,500 employees
  • More than 1.6 billion doses of vaccines produced yearly to immunize more than 500 million people in the world
  • Largest product range available, against 20 infectious diseases
  • A global presence
  • More than €1 million invested every day in R&D
  • Headquarters: Lyon, France
  • US Manufacturing Site: Swiftwater, PA
  • 3 new facilities under construction in Ocoyoacac, Mexico; Neuville, France and Shenzhen, China


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