EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Laboratoires Fournier

Laboratoires Fournier

Geographic Location

Country: France
Region: Côte-d\'Or; Bourgogne; Bassin Parisien
Location of affected unit(s): Dijon


Sector: Professional services
Scientific research and development
72 - Scientific research and development
Number Employed: 300
Group: Abott

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 17-11-2011
Planned Job Reductions min: 200
Planned Job Reductions max: 200
Type of Restructuring: Outsourcing
Employment Effect Start: 01-12-2011
Other Job Reduction Measures: 200

Additional Information

On 17 November, the French subsidiary of U.S. pharmaceutical Abbott has announced to its works council the sale of R&D Laboratories Fournier (300 employees) affecting 200 employees. Laboratories Fournier will be sold to the newly created company Inventiva. A social plan will be launched promoting internal and external mobility. 60 employees could make the choice of a voluntary departure in form of an early retirement plan.

Abott plans to support Inventiva financially for the coming 5 years and will sign two contracts with Inventiva in order to commit the new company to research for Abott. The aim of the new company is "to have very quickly a leading position in external research companies », according to Abott.