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Strategic vaccine production centre
Firm to make major investment in biotechnology

Firm to build one of Europe’s largest biotechnology production sites

Boehringer Ingelheim is developing one of the largest biotechnology production sites for veterinary vaccines in Europe.

The first brick was symbolically laid for the complex on 20 September at the facility’s location in the commune of Jonage, in the eastern part of the Lyon metropolitan area.

The firm predicts that the investment of more than 200 million euros will significantly increase production capacities for antigens and vaccines against highly contagious diseases – such as foot-and-mouth disease and bluetongue disease – providing the means to fight animal epidemics that often have dramatic health and financial consequences.

This high-security, 15,000m2 building will begin operating during the third quarter of 2022. Its five floors will be home to 35 cell and virus culture tanks, a purification area, a decontamination station and a strategic active ingredient reserve.

The antigen bank will enable the company to respond to orders quickly and efficiently in case of an epizootic outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease or bluetongue disease. With this new site, the company is creating more than 100 skilled jobs.

“In the future, we will be able to supply millions of doses in a few days from Lyon for ring vaccination in affected areas to stop the progression of disease. This is a major challenge given the impact of epidemics in the animal population,” explains Erick Lelouche, president of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health France.

Boehringer Ingelheim is claimed to be the second largest animal health business in the world, with net sales of almost four billion euros in 2018 and presence in more than 150 markets.

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AWF Student Grant open for submissions

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 Applications are open for the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Student Grant Scheme for innovative research projects designed to impact animal welfare.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students of veterinary science, veterinary nursing, agriculture studies and animal welfare are invited to submit their proposals to undertake research projects next year.

Grants are decided based on the project’s innovation, relevance to topical animal welfare issues and ability to contribute towards raising animal welfare standards. For more information visit  

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SPANA film highlights plight of working animals overseas

Animal welfare charity SPANA (The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) has teamed up with Brian Blessed and other famous voices to highlight the plight of working animals overseas.

In a new animated film, the celebrities raise awareness by showing the solidarity of the UK's own working animals on strike. A sniffer dog (Brian Blessed), police horse (Peter Egan) and sheepdog (Deborah Meaden) are shown ignoring their duties and protesting in solidarity with animals in developing countries.

SPANA chef executive Geoffrey Dennis said: "We are so grateful to Deborah, Peter and Brian for lending their voices to our new film, and for speaking up for millions of working animals overseas. SPANA believes that a life of work should not mean a life of suffering, and it is only thanks to people’s generosity and support that we can continue our vital work improving the lives of these animals."