Sanofi Pasteur

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Sanofi Pasteur is the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group. It is the largest company in the world devoted entirely to vaccines.


In 2004, Aventis merged with and into Sanofi. The new sanofi-aventis Group became the world's 3rd largest pharmaceutical company. Aventis Pasteur, the vaccine division of sanofi-aventis Group, changed its name to sanofi pasteur.

Key dates

  • 1897: Marcel Mérieux creates the Mérieux Biological Institute in Lyon. Richard Slee creates the Pocono Biological Laboratories, in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania in the U.S.
  • 1914: John FitzGerald creates Connaught Laboratories, part of the University of Toronto.
  • 1968: Rhône-Poulenc acquires 51% of the capital of the Institut Mérieux.
  • 1974: Pasteur Institute creates Pasteur Production, a subsidiary specializing in manufacturing vaccines.
  • 1978: Connaught Laboratories in Canada acquires the vaccine manufacturing facility (Merrell-National Laboratories) at Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, U.S.
  • 1985: Pasteur Production is acquired by the Mérieux Institute, and Pasteur Vaccins is created
  • 1989: The Mérieux Institute acquires the Connaught Laboratories in Canada and its subsidiaries and becomes a world leader in human biology
  • 1990: Creation of Pasteur Mérieux Serums & Vaccins.
  • 1994:......
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