Over the years, Grifols has been an industry reference for its capacity to successfully leverage synergies among its divisions’ products and services. Keenly aware of the potential of its global workforce, the company has progressively promoted cross-functional work teams that collaborate to identify needs and promote new initiatives. This forward-thinking strategy has paved the way for a number of high-impact projects.
Development of diagnostic solutions to better identify and treat conditions that benefit from plasma products
In 2019, Grifols launched AlphaID™, a free bucal swab to detect alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AADT) developed jointly by the Bioscience and Diagnostic Divisions. AADT treatment includes infusion of alpha-1 antitrypsin, one of Grifols’ main plasma proteins. Thousands of patients worldwide can benefit from early diagnosis and treatment, if required.
Ensuring self-sufficiency of physiological saline and anticoagulant
The infusion of physiological saline post-donation is an additional preventative measure that Grifols has adopted to help replace fluids and restore circulatory volume in plasma donors. In the U.S., demand for this type of serum continues to rise. With the aim of achieving self-sufficiency, Grifols worked to obtain FDA approval for its physiological saline manufactured in its Murcia plant. At present, the company is able to serve its own network of U.S. plasma-donation centers without relying on market fluctuations.
Most Grifols’ protein fractionation, purification and dosing plants are licensed by diverse regulators, offering the company the flexibility to perform these processes interchangeably in any of one of them. The result is a leading-edge production system aimed at maximizing efficiency and optimizing profitability per liter of plasma, while guaranteeing the highest standards of quality and safety.
Grifols’ vertically integrated business model guarantees quality and control at every stage of its divisions’ value chains. This model also adds value by ensuring continuity of supply and reducing transactional costs, among other benefits. Grifols is a leading global manufacturer of plasma-derived medicines, with a solid reputation built on its ability to compete in dynamic, fast-paced environments.
The production process to obtain plasma products requires advanced technology and ongoing innovation. The company relies on Grifols Engineering to spearhead its diverse manufacturing projects and installations. Specialized in engineering solutions for pharmaceutical and biotechnology processes, this company represents a differential value in terms of costs, project execution and the quality of integrated innovations, including trailblazing technologies to reduce environmental impacts.
Inorganic growth has been a cornerstone of Grifols’ success. Since its origins, the company has successfully integrated acquisitions as drivers of its corporate growth, providing access to new markets, expanding production and supply capabilities, promoting innovation and offering new technologies. The company also has proven experience in integrating people. By promoting teamwork, Grifols has been able to instill a robust corporate culture and capitalize on its global talent pool. The acquisitions of Talecris (2011), Novartis’ transfusion diagnostic divisions (2014), Hologic’s share of NAT donor screening unit (2017), Haema (2018), Biotest (2018) and IBBI (2019) are recent examples of this pioneering strategy.
Pioneers pave the way and actively create processes that drive change. This quest for ongoing innovation has formed part of Grifols’ DNA since 1909. In alignment with its pioneering spirit, the company is committed to exploring the therapeutic properties of blood, plasma and proteins; serving as an industry leader; continued growth; and supporting science, scientific projects and those who make them possible. For this reason, Grifols’ R+D+i strategy is far-reaching, encompassing both internal and external resources to contribute to the advance of science and social progress.
Grifols has the necessary infrastructure and experience in planning future needs to maintain a path of sustainable growth based on continuous improvement and the optimization of processes and costs. Its solid manufacturing presence in the United States, Spain, Ireland and Germany has enabled a scaled global expansion with a distinctly global dimension. Today, the company markets its products in more than 100 countries, with plans to bolster its presence in China through its strategic alliance with Shanghai RAAS.