The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) has announced Sanofi as the 2020 overall winner at the 2020 Facility of the Year Banquet during the virtual 2020 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo.
“Using the best of already proven technology and design, we’ve expanded the use to allow design and construction of a facility that enables continuous upstream and downstream processing,” the company said.
Sanofi says its facility has achieved higher capacity in a smaller footprint than traditionally possible. The company says this has provided the basis for 80 times more production capacity than traditionally achieved, leading to potentially reaching more patients. It has also enabled more than 90% reduction in chemical usage per year, more than 90% reduction in water usage per year, 80% reduction in energy consumption and CO2 emissions per year and more than 320 tons of waste saved from landfills every year.
From the early design phases Sanofi was dedicated to incorporating a full set of lean operations principles into the facility’s design. The entire facility is run using a comprehensive suite of digital solutions.