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HIPRA’s responsibility to society

At HIPRA, we are committed to the global One Health strategy to combat the different animal health challenges. We believe that professionals dedicated to human, animal and environmental health must be united and form collaborative teams that enhance the experience of each of the sectors.

Research for a new vaccine for COVID-19

Currently in HIPRA we are researching a new vaccine for COVID-19 by conducting two lines of research: one on our own based on a recombinant protein and another in collaboration with the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona based on virus mRNA.

The clinical phase of the own project is being carried out with these hospitals:

Hospital Clínic de Barcelona (Catalonia), Hospital Universitari Dr. Josep Trueta (Catalonia), Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron (Catalonia), Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol – Can Ruti (Catalonia), Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón (Community of Madrid), Hospital Universitario La Paz (Community of Madrid), Hospital Universitario Príncipe de Asturias (Community of Madrid), Hospital Universitario de Cruces (Basque Country), Hospital Regional Universitario Carlos Haya de Málaga (Andalusia), Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valencia (Valencian Community).

The own project has received financial support from the CDTI (Spanish Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology).

From the first minute

At the start of the health crisis caused by COVID-19, we contacted the public healthcare authorities to put at their disposal our new diagnostics lab and part of our technical staff.

For months we worked together in our facilities with teams from the Catalan Health Institute, the Institute of Biomedical Research of Girona and several local biotech startups.

The PCR sample process

Every day we processed around 1,000 PCR tests on samples coming from several public hospitals and care homes in the province which were processed according to international protocols and the most stringent biosecurity and biocontainment measures.

This action was carried out in a completely impartial and supportive manner as part of HIPRA’s commitment to society in respect of the crisis caused by this pandemic.

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Production with 3D printers

At the start of the crisis, HIPRA have also manufactured more than 1,000 items using 3D printers for the design of artificial respirators and face shields for these public hospitals. This project was coordinated through entities such as HP, LEITAT Managing Technologies and other public agencies.


10% of our annual turnover is invested in research