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Sanofi (France) (SAN.PA) Kicks Off Work on $95 Million Algerian Plant


9/27/2013 7:07:09 AM

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Paris, France - September 26, 2013 - Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) announced today that construction has begun on its new Sidi Abdellah industrial site in Algeria. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Sanofi's Chief Executive Officer, Christopher A. Viehbacher, and Ministers of the Algerian Republic, Amara Benyounes, Minister for Industrial Development and Investment Promotion, and Abdelmalek Boudiaf, Minister for Health, Population and Hospital> Reform.

At the ceremony, Sanofi and the Algerian Health Minister also signed a letter of intent stating their intention to execute, before December 31 2013 an agreement to improve the screening and assessment of cardiovascular risk, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia and the evaluation of their common risk factors in the Algerian population together with influenza monitoring. The agreement's objective will to promote the awareness, screening and therapeutic education of the Algerian public through a mobile medical clinic and aid in the training of health professionals.

"I am very pleased to celebrate groundbreaking of Sanofi new industrial site in Algeria. It represents an investment of nearly 70 million euros (6.6 billion Dinars) and will become the largest Sanofi industrial site in Africa. This investment crowns more than twenty years of our commitment to Algeria," said Christopher A. Viehbacher, Chief Executive Officer of Sanofi. "We are aware that drugs alone are not enough to fight cardiovascular diseases, which is why Sanofi, in collaboration with the health authorities, will be providing solutions for public prevention, screening and education."

The industrial site will cover an area of 6.6 hectares in the pharmaceutical and biotech cluster in the new town of Sidi Abdellah. It will primarily produce both dry and liquid pharmaceutical forms, and will house a distribution center. The site will have a production and distribution capacity of 100 million units a year, which is approximately 80% of the volume distributed by Sanofi in Algeria. This site will also create 133 skilled jobs. The site construction, including the commissioning of the plant, will take an estimated three years to complete. Sanofi has been present in Algeria for over 20 years and is the pharmaceutical market leader. The company has two manufacturing sites, in Ain Benian and Oued S'mar.

About Sanofi

Sanofi, an integrated global healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients' needs. Sanofi has core strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth platforms: diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging markets, animal health and the new Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).

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