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Covance Inc. today announced the signing of definitive agreements with sanofi-aventis for Covance to become sanofi-aventis' R&D partner. Over the next ten years, Covance expects to provide drug development services to sanofi-aventis, with estimated payments ranging from approximately $1.2 billion to $2.2 billion. Sanofi-aventis will sell their Porcheville, France and Alnwick, United Kingdom sites and facilities to Covance for approximately $25 million and Covance will maintain employment on these sites for at least the next five years. The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
"A key strategy for sanofi-aventis is to transform its R&D model and discover new medicines through the use of novel technologies and innovative partnerships," declared Marc Cluzel, M.D., PhD, Executive Vice-President, Research & Development, sanofi-aventis. "This alliance with Covance will help us preserve hundreds of valuable jobs in Porcheville and Alnwick, while driving our R&D efficiency for the benefit of the patients."
Under the agreements, sanofi-aventis will utilize Covance's global R&D portfolio of discovery support, toxicology, chemistry, clinical Phase I - IV, central laboratory, and market access services with annual commitments for these services increasing over the next decade. These agreements include a 10-year sole-source relationship for central laboratory services. Covance will acquire CMC (Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls) services with the addition of the Porcheville and Alnwick sites, including preformulation, drug formulation, preclinical and early-stage clinical API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) manufacturing, and radiolabeled chemistry.