French drugmaker Sanofi (Nasdaq:SNY) said it would spend €935 million between 2022 and 2026 to produce mRNA-based vaccines.
That funding is part of a larger €2 billion initiative to accelerate its mRNA development capability, Sanofi explained on its French-language website.
The company plans to use the funds to ramp up its lipid nanoparticle production capability and identify six candidate mRNA vaccines.
To commemorate the investment, French Prime Minister Jean Castex and Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson arrived at the company’s planned Evolutive Vaccines Facility plant in Neuville, France, on March 7.
The Neuville site will ultimately house equipment for multiple vaccine and biological platforms.
To date, Sanofi has been left on the sidelines as Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), BioNTech (Nasdaq:BNTX) and Moderna (Nasdaq:MRNA) have raked in billions of dollars of mRNA-based vaccine sales.
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