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Sanofi Biologics, France

Sanofi Biologics, France

    • Client:
    • Sanofi Aventis Biologics, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
    • Consultant:
    • PM Group, Cork, Ireland
    • Project Description:
    • New ‘Bio-Launch’ 2-train cell culture biologics manufacturing facility
    • Work-Scope:
    • Electrical and instrumentation services
    • Value:
    • €7.0M

Project Description

Brief Description

Sanofi Aventis Biologics were working to re-focus their API production-based Vitry-sur-Seine site to concentrate on biologics manufacturing and R&D. They committed €200M to the establishment of a new 8,500m2 2-train cell culture manufacturing facility on a brownfield site. Kirby, in partnership with the GDF-Suez Energy Services subsidiary, INEO, successfully delivered the entire electrical and instrumentation work-scope for this project.

From an instrumentation perspective, Kirby was responsible for receipt of all instruments, bench-checking prior to release to the mechanical contractor, subsequent cold and hot loop checking and in-situ calibration services. All areas of the production building were included within our scope from media/buffer preparation to pre/post viral, harvesting and purification.

Kirby worked closely with the key process equipment vendors such as Bio-Engineering AG and PALL on the loop checking and calibration of instruments on their respective equipment and skids.


All containment within the cleanroom areas was ‘Hycon’ hygienic tubing with Kirby responsible for all associated preparation of piping materials, sealing and subsequent testing. Close cooperation and coordination of services between all trade contractors was necessary due to the complexity of building services, particularly within the media and buffer preparation areas.

Our partners on this project, INEO, were responsible for the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of all electrical equipment, cabling and containment systems in addition to all ancillary services such as fire detection, access, security within the production building itself and adjoining office / laboratory building.

Overcoming Challenges

While Kirby has an enviable track record in the successful delivery of electrical and instrumentation services to the bio-pharma sector, this project represented our first opportunity to work within the French construction sector.

One key challenge related to the management of Environmental, Health and Safety standards across all trade disciplines and contractors. Kirby adopt the same management techniques to ensure rigid compliance with the highest safety protocols irrespective of geographic region or sector. We continued to implement our standard induction and audit programmes; delivered training and tool-box sessions; and led by example throughout the project in maintaining the focus of all contractors on the need to adhere to project specific conditions.