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Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Contractors for Sanofi-aventis are nearing completion on the drug company's new research and development facility on Innovation Park Drive in Oro Valley. The approximately $60 million building will house scientists and staff from Sanofi-aventis' current Oro Valley laboratory and operation. Move-in is planned during the summer.
Photo by Randy Metcalf/The Explorer
courtesy Sanofi-aventis, Special napkins commemorated the special event.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, One hundred-year-old wood was used within the bench, which makes up a portion of the public art at Sanofi-aventis in Oro Valley.
courtesy Sanofi-aventis, Sanofi-aventis officials cut the ribbon last Wednesday on the company's new Tucson Research Center in Oro Valley. From left are Tom Metcalf, vice president for U.S. sites; Beth Koch, Tucson site director; Ken Wertman, research site director; Rep. Vic Williams; Marc Cluzel, executive vice president for research and development; Paul Chew, U.S. chief science and chief medical officer; Jean-Marc Herbert, senior vice president and head of discovery research; Daniel Schirlin, vice president for global discovery; and Oro Valley Mayor Paul Loomis.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, The rarely seen eastern side of Sanofi-aventis reflects the Pusch Ridge portion of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Flutes of champagne were lifted skyward last Wednesday morning in Oro Valley, where Sanofi-aventis associates from across the nation and beyond celebrated the opening of the company's 110,350-square-foot Tucson Research Center.
The new Sanofi-aventis Research Center in Oro Valley has enough points to be certified at the "silver" level for Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Sanofi-aventis' Tucson Research Center scientific director Ken Wertman.
Sanofi-aventis' acquisition of the pharmaceutical development company that began as Selectide is "coincident with the technology, essentially, coming of age," according to Tucson Research Center scientific director Ken Wertman.
The inspiration for art comes from the site itself.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Artist Joe Tyler created the Arizona Centennial agave outside the Sanofi-aventis building.
Al Petrillo/Special to The Explorer, Rebecca Thompson points out a detail in a bronze feature on the freestanding cube at her public art project on the Sanofi-aventis campus in Oro Valley.
The Oro Valley Town Council last week voted to deny a tax break to pharmaceutical firm Sanofi-Aventis.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Beth Koch is the site director for Sanofi-aventis' Tucson Research Center in Oro Valley.
Explorer file photo, Sanofi-aventis' new building in Oro Valley is being dedicated next week.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Ken Wertman is the scientific director for Sanofi-aventis' Oro Valley research facility.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Oro Valley is home to Sanofi-aventis' new $61 million facility, where scientists search for new pharmaceuticals.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Research investigator Joseph Kim works in the chemistry department at Sanofi-aventis last week.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, One of the dozens of researchers walks a hallway within the 110,000 square-foot Sanofi-aventis facility in Oro Valley.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, This robotic arm at Sanofi-aventis performs throughput screening of multiple experiments for hours on end.
Photo courtesy Martha Lochert, Dr. Fernando Martinez, director of BIO5.
Dave Perry/The Explorer, Chris Hulme, Ph.D., University of Arizona pharmacy professor and leader of the Arizona Drug Discovery Center, is excited about the opening of BIO5 Oro Valley in the former Sanofi-aventis laboratory building off Oracle Road.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Despite the economic outlook, many companies are still moving to and expanding in southern Arizona. Sanofi-aventis recently completed an expansion in Oro Valley where workers research prospect compounds for pharmaceutical drugs.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Eric Wegrzyniak sorts small containers for use in compound management at Sanofi-aventis' Tucson Research Center in Oro Valley. He is a chemist and principal research investigator.