G4S helps secure Pfizer's new digital innovation centre

Thessaloniki, Greece

The opening of Pfizer's new innovation centre in Thessalonki, Greece

G4S’s strong relationship with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer - best known for producing a leading Covid-19 vaccine - has continued, with G4S now delivering an integrated security solution at Pfizer’s new Global Center for Digital Innovation in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Following the ongoing delivery of successful security services at one of Pfizer’ largest global production and packaging sites at Puurs in Belgium, and at a Research and Development site in Kent in the UK, the new site in Thessaloniki is a high profile new addition to G4S’s growing role keeping people and property safe at Pfizer sites in Europe.

The Global Center for Digital Innovation is a key component of Pfizer’s global digital operating model. Already employing over 300 high-level scientists, the centre’s focus includes digitising drug discovery and development, enhancing health outcomes and patient experience, digital tools to work faster and easier as well as AI and advanced analytics.

The site was inaugurated on the 12th October 2021 by the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who described it as a “very special moment for the city.”

“We are very proud to deliver our innovative security solutions for Pfizer at this exciting new site in Thessaloniki,” said Nikos Barbias, Managing Director for G4S in Greece. “We all know how pivotal a role this company has played in the last couple of years with their vaccinations to help people all over the world try to get back to normal during the coronavirus pandemic, and we are pleased that at this site - and others across Europe - G4S has been able to play our part and support that success.”

“G4S has been working with Pfizer for a long time, but we’ve had to continuously adapt as their increased global profile since the pandemic creates increased risks, such as the potential of being targeted for industrial espionage or by activist groups,” said Nikos. “The rapidly increasing number of staff on site also increases the importance of having effective health, safety and fire evacuation management at the site.”

At the Thessaloniki Global Center for Digital Innovation, G4S provides a range of security solutions including manned guarding, access control for people and visitors, ensuring that staff, contractors and visitors have the correct access level, surveillance including high-tech CCTV cameras, and a quick response team to investigate alarms that are triggered.

“Alongside the range of solutions that we deliver for Pfizer, we’re also a key part of the staff and visitor experience at the centre” said Nikos. “It is the role of our team to set the scene of excellence from the moment visitors and staff enter the building and throughout their journey.”

“Our highly-trained teams are also prepared to respond to any demonstrations, protests or attempted breaches to ensure that Pfizer’s staff and visitors are safe and secure as they go about their work. We ensure that all site-related health, safety and fire prevention issues are effectively managed, including executing fire drills, and we investigate any attempted breaches, thefts or security incidents in partnership with Pfizer, the police and local authorities.”

Conor Hanlon, Security Director for Pfizer, Global Security, EMEA said: “G4S are a critical service provider to Pfizer operations globally. The partnership with G4S has ensured our operations' continued success and security across the globe.”


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