French animal health groups seek alliance

French animal health groups seek alliance

TWO French companies — Ceva and Sogeval, a subsidiary of Sofiproteol — announced Dec. 6 the opening of exclusive negotiations to create a future alliance.

The management teams of the two companies are looking into a strategic alliance that would give them a strong position among the world leaders in animal health.

Sogeval specializes in the development, manufacture and marketing of veterinary drugs and speciality products. The firm has been growing steadily and now plays a major role in the prevention and treatment of diseases in both companion animals and livestock. The company operates internationally through three subsidiaries in the U.S., the U.K. and Denmark as well as a network of more than 60 distributors worldwide.

Ceva is focused on the research, development, production and marketing of pharmaceutical products and vaccines for companion animals, ruminants, pigs and poultry. Ceva is directly present in 43 countries and has active business in more than 110 countries.

According to the announcement, the two companies have strong complements in the companion animal and livestock production sectors. For example, Ceva and Sogeval have developed similar expertise in the areas of cardiology and pain management in companion animals. Both also have significant expertise in the development and formulation of antibiotics, vaccines and reproductive products for livestock, the announcement said.

Sogeval parent company Sofiproteol will continue its development of biosecurity and nutritional products, and the proposed alliance with Ceva will give it the benefit of an international partner.

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