Careers

Join ABL to take an active part in the entrepreneurial adventure of a people-centered leader that creates innovative treatments thanks to a company culture grounded in trust, creativity, and humility.

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ABL, a subsidiary of Institut Mérieux

We have been a pioneer in developing and producing viral vectors since 1994.

We are grounded in the Mérieux family’s legacy of biology and vaccine expertise since 1897.

As a pure CDMO player, we contribute to the success of your immunotherapy innovations.

4
sites across the world

(France & US)

~320
employees

+40%
increase in our workforce in the next 3 years

ABL supports

an entrepreneurial spirit

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Estelle Azoulay, Director of Human Resources

Innovation and creativity

We constantly encourage our teams to turn the difficulties they face into opportunities. We give them the trust and freedom they need to take initiative, improve our practices, and take action to provide innovative solutions to our customers’ needs.

Team spirit and versatility

We work together to achieve common goals. The human scale of our organization facilitates collaboration, interactions between departments, and solidarity.

Internal mobility and career prospects

ABL helps our employees build their career path and progress in their profession, as well as develop or acquire new skills within the company and Institut Mérieux’s other subsidiaries.

Our Mission

From development to market, ABL provides GMP viral vectors, contributing to the success of our clients’ immunotherapy innovations.

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Thierry Van Nieuwenhove, CEO
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Patrick Mahieux, General Manager

Our Values

Trust

We replace control by “a priori” trust to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.

I appreciate the trust and autonomy ABL gives me to do my job.

Excerpt from our 2021 internal “Quality of Work Life” survey

Creativity

Our creativity allows us to see difficulties and challenges as an opportunity to innovate and provide solutions.

The versatility of our jobs allows us to take initiative and be creative in certain situations.

Excerpt from our 2021 internal “Quality of Work Life” survey

Humility

Individuals are respected for what they are and not what they represent. We recognize our abilities and limitations through our openness.

The company’s employees aren’t categorized according to their job level but for who they are… I’m surprised by how accessible and down-to-earth everyone is.

Excerpt from our 2021 internal “Quality of Work Life” survey

10 reasons to join us

From our October 2021 internal “Quality of Work Life” survey

1

88% Quality of my relationships with colleagues and people outside the company

2

79%
Autonomy

3

78% Interesting work

4

77% Versatile assignments

5

75% What I do in my job

6

75% The usefulness of my work

7

71% The freedom to adapt my work schedule

8

68% The working hours

9

66% Job security

10

60% The responsibilities I am given

Our Jobs

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Antoine, Biomanufacturing engineer – Lyon
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Céline, Validation Spécialist – Strasbourg
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Colin, Biomanufacturing technician – Strasbourg
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Coralie, Quality Control technician – Lyon
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Franck, Preparation and assembly technician – Lyon
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Joachim, Pilote Biomanufacturing technician – Lyon
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Marie-Françoise, Quality Control technician – Strasbourg
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Marion, Communication & HR officer – Lyon et Strasbourg
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Morgane, Biomanufacturing Team Leader – Strasbourg
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Olivier, Quality Assurance Specialist – Strasbourg

FAQ

What does ABL’s compensation system look like?

ABL provides our employees with many benefits (including excellent health insurance) and an attractive pay structure that combines a fixed salary, a variable component based on individual and collective performance, and profit-sharing bonuses.

What does ABL’s working environment look like?

We have made quality of life at work a priority by offering our employees flexible schedules based on a fixed daily rate. This encourages autonomy and supports work-life balance.

Our empowering and caring management model is horizontal, with a streamlined hierarchical structure that fosters quick and easy decision-making and encourages collaboration between departments. Initiative, autonomy, and versatility are critical to our organization.

Each year, we outline a QWL (Quality of Work Life) action plan to review and constantly improve our practices. Each site has a community of QWL ambassadors, the “Happy Committee,” to organize events and boost cohesion.

What are ABL’s commitments?

As a people-centered company, relationships are at the heart of everything we do. We make sure to provide our employees with a caring and fulfilling work environment, regardless of their gender. This has led to an outstanding gender equality index of 99/100.

We help employees build their career path through individual development plans (training, internal development, and mobility within ABL and other Institut Mérieux entities, etc.).
In 2021, we had an internal mobility rate of 14%.

Lastly, we are proud to support causes we believe in: for example, we are a member of “Entreprise des Possibles,” a group of socially conscious companies through which our employees can volunteer during working hours or donate their paid leave.

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