Transgene, a France-based biotechnology company specializing in immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases, plans to modify its vertical integration model and to implement a restructuring in order to maintain its competitiveness and to ensure a sustainable future.
Transgene intends to focus resources on its core business of R&D by advancing its clinical portfolio, reorganizing its research model and outsourcing manufacturing and pharmaceutical development activities.
The company will apply its resources to advancing its clinical portfolio, as well as on R&D, particularly translational research. Transgene plans to continue to develop innovative immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases by further developing its technology platforms. The company’s strategy is to increase collaborations with academic institutions and hospitals, as well as with biopharmaceutical partners, with partnerships occurring at an earlier stage of product development.
In this context, it is no longer strategic for Transgene to keep its stand-alone pharmaceutical development and bio-manufacturing capabilities. Thus, the planned restructuring would lead to the company’s terminating such activities, which is expected to result in the loss of approximately 120 positions, mostly in manufacturing and pharmaceutical development and also in support functions.
In accordance with the values of its principal shareholder, Institut Mérieux, Transgene is committed to by all means minimizing as much as possible the social impact of the restructuring plan, giving top priority to finding new positions in other Institut Mérieux companies for affected employees. The aim is to leave no one without a solution.
Furthermore, as part of the Employment Safeguard Plan (Plan de Sauvegarde de l’Emploi, a mandatory process under French labor law), Transgene has received a proposal from ABL, a U.S. subsidiary of Institut Mérieux, under which ABL would offer, in Illkirch, France, positions to a significant number of Transgene’s employees involved in manufacturing and related activities.
Negotiations have been launched with employee representatives in order to discuss and finalize the plan, in accordance with French law. The company’s revised strategy should provide a more balanced business model and provide Transgene more flexibility in the execution of its strategic plan. Under this strategy, conducting and advancing ongoing and future research and clinical development projects would be priorities. The company plans to provide more details regarding its updated clinical development plan soon.