Servier Pharmaceuticals, a U.S. subsidiary of the global French pharmaceutical company Servier Group, officially opened its American headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.
"We are delighted to welcome colleagues, friends, partners and the community to celebrate our entry into the United States," said Olivier Laureau, President, Servier Group, which is based in the Paris metropolitan area and is the second largest French pharmaceutical company. "We bring with us a rich uniqueness, and we are now able to bring our passion for innovation and our dedication to improving the lives of patients and caregivers to the U.S."
"As an independent company governed by a foundation, Servier can be deliberate about putting patients first and executing on its long-term vision," Laureau said. "The unique operating model translates into re-investing 25 percent of revenue1 into research and development each year."
Servier began building its presence in the U.S. with its 2018 purchase of Shire's oncology franchise, including all marketed products, pipeline, and partnerships with leading U.S. pharmaceutical companies such as Novartis, Allogene Therapeutics, Ipsen, MacroGenics and Symphogen. Servier also has long-standing partnerships with local academic institutions including Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others.
"We are here for the long term," said David K. Lee, CEO, Servier Pharmaceuticals. "We chose Boston so we could benefit from being in one of the world's leading hubs for bioinnovation, both to tap cutting-edge expertise, as well as to work collaboratively with like-minded companies."
"The commitment to serve patients permeates the Servier culture, and that includes providing support before, during and after treatment with our medicines," Lee said. To ensure patients are at the forefront of every decision, Servier Pharmaceuticals already has created an "Expert Council" comprised of patients, caregivers and advocates, and other experts across the patient experience to inform and advise on key business decisions.
"We are seeking a new level of engagement to best support patients and caregivers on their journey," Lee said. In addition to the Expert Council, Servier is working to develop digitally enabled connected devices to help patients in their daily lives and to provide enhanced medical monitoring, as well as direct assistance when patients need it most.
"The addition of Servier to our Commonwealth will continue to bolster Massachusetts' reputation as a healthcare industry hub, while also enriching our community with additional jobs," said Timothy McGourthy, Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. "We applaud Servier's commitment to our state and welcome their rich history in research and academic excellence, which aligns well with our state's heritage in healthcare innovation. Together, the future looks ripe for further partnerships and collaborations with Boston's leading academic and research institutions as well as with our broad patient care community."