Siena and Rosia

over a century of innovation

1904

Foundation of the Institute

In a small villa on the outskirts of Siena, Achille Sclavo founds the Institute, to produce the serum against anthrax he had discovered.

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1910-20

The industrial development

The Sclavo Institute is restructured to meet the scientific advances of the time and the needs of World War I.

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1930-40

Sclavo’s legacy

After the death of the founder, the Institute remained a family business, gradually establishing itself at the national level.

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1950

The international scope and new applications

The increasing degree of technical sophistication leads the Institute to be a modern center not only of production, but also for the study and research.

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1960

Albert Sabin’s turning point

The Institute begins to produce Sabin’s anti-polio and starts the collaboration with the Wellcome Foundation in London.

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1970-80

Expansion of the institute

The Institute extends in the US, while the futuristic Research Center is born and the activities of the new area of Rosia start.

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1990

The genetics revolution

From the collaboration with Venter, the Reverse Vaccinology technique is born, key of the vaccine against meningococcus B.

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2000

The fight against meningitis and flu

The company becomes one of the most important realities in vaccines, whose study proceeds, in addition to their use in mass vaccinations.

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Today

Number one in vaccines

With the integration in GSK, the Siena and Rosia site becomes part of a pharmaceutical company committed on a global scale.

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1910-20

The industrial development


The Sclavo Institute is restructured to meet the scientific advances of the time and the needs of World War I.

– Labs of the beginning of the XX century  –

The first decades of the twentieth century saw a general progress of science, including microbiology and immunology, which provided a stimulus for the development of the Sclavo Institute. During World War I, the Institute was restructured to meet the needs of the military war machine, starting a first significant extension of its production. In the following years, the Institute was able to extend to an actual industrial level the production of serums and vaccines, in particular those against typhus and cholera.

– Preparation of vaccine against typhus –
Source: “Gli animali soffrono per l’uomo”, 1949

Meanwhile, in 1925, the French bacteriologist Gaston Ramon, discovered that treating a bacterial toxin with formaldehyde, this was deprived of its toxic power but not of that to make the body produce specific antibodies. This discovery opened through way to the era of anatoxins, and the Institute began the large-scale production of diphtheric and tetanic anatoxins.

– 1927 | Price-list of Sclavo products –

 

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