Sanofi Pasteur Influenza Vaccine Manufacturing Facility
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi-Aventis, is one of the largest seasonal influenza vaccine producers in the world. Before this facility was FDA approved in May 2009, Sanofi Pasteur reported that it produced approximately 40% of the influenza vaccines distributed worldwide and was responsible for over 45% of the vaccines distributed in the US during the 2008–2009 influenza season.
Now this state-of-the-art facility will boost Sanofi Pasteur filling capabilities, significantly reducing time to market. The $150 million plant with an area of 140,000 sq ft has a manufacturing capacity of approximately 150 million doses of trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine per year.
Completion has enabled Sanofi Pasteur to not only support public health and protect individuals against seasonal influenza, but prepare for a pandemic flu. It is equipped to manufacture a vaccine against the H1N1 influenza strain and swine flu. Utilizing the latest technology in egg-based vaccine production is part of the company's commitment to producing the largest number of doses of vaccine in the shortest time frame to counter the most dangerous flu threats. This pharmaceutical facility accommodates research, manufacturing, packaging, raw material and product staging, warehousing and supporting office space.
Binsky & Snyder provided the piping to support warehouse spaces including a large 2–8º C storage area, a smaller –20º C freezer space and ambient storage. Manufacturing suites were constructed to be cGMP compliant and fully validated. These areas met the cGMP area classifications as well as hazard classification for type H2 and H4 construction.
Process utilities, purified water, clean steam vacuum and inert gases were provided to support the process systems. Binsky fabricated and installed more than 70,000 ft of process piping and approximately 15,000 ft of high purity stainless steel tubing to complete this system. In addition, this project required 39,000 ft of copper piping and 12,000 ft of carbon steel piping.
This extensive facility required material from our Pennsylvania and New Jersey fabrication shops utilizing many of their specialties including more than 10,000 orbital welds.