Sanofi-aventis expands Arizona facility

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Sanofi-aventis hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new research center in Oro Valley, Ariz.

The Bridgewater, N.J.-based pharmaceutical company, which has had a presence in Tucson for more than 17 years, announced the purchase of more than 11 acres last year to support the future expansion of its research and development center.

The proposed 110,350-square-foot research center will more than double the space at the company's current facility, and will focus on biotechnology, according to the company.

Jean-Marc Herbert, senior vice president of Discovery Research for Sanofi-aventis, said the new facility will enable “our local scientific team to enhance its impact on the Sanofi-aventis drug discovery pipeline."