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Fermentation & Biotechnology


Long Term Expertise

Sanofi Biotechnology expertise is based on a large volume fermentation technology used to produce complex APIs in Europe in a backward integrated manner, i.e. without intermediates from various origins. Sanofi inherited its know-how in fermentation from its roots in Roussel Uclaf, Rhône-Poulenc, Gruppo Lepetit and Sanofi.

Production of vitamin B12 started in the 1960’s with Roussel Uclaf and has expanded with Rhône-Poulenc. This strong industrial background makes CEPiA today one of the world’s leading suppliers and the only Western producer of vitamin B12.

CEPiA industrial footprint is also characterized by an integrated production of antituberculosis and antibiotics which started 40 years ago with Gruppo Lepetit.

Specific biotechnology projects are also developed. Thanks to in-house expertise and capacity in bio-manufacturing, high tech APIs are produced through recombinant technologies, cell culture, protein engineering…

Biotechnology Integrated Offer

A comprehensive offer from production by fermentation to delivery of API
2 major poles dedicated to integrated productions of traditional compounds. The total industrial fermentation capacity is more than 6000 m3 with a fully computerized control system and state-of-the-art downstream equipment (filtration, concentration, crystallisation, chromatography…).


Purification of recombinant proteins in a controlled environment as well as biochemical synthesis. 2 sites focused on specific biotech projects:

  • Aramon / France
  • Garessio / Italy

All sites are certified FDA, GMP, ISO 14001 and benefit from regional and specialized certifications such as ANSM (France), AIFA (Italy), ANVISA (Brazil), KFDA (Korea)…

Biotechnology Customer Oriented Offer

  • Packaging customization
  • Customized number of batches to minimize quality control and avoid extra costs
  • Specific certifications (e.g. Hallal, Kosher)
  • Customized product grades (particle size distribution, impurity profile…)