G4S’s strong relationship with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer – best known for producing a 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.”
Award winning services
“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.”
Across Greece, G4S delivers a wide range of security services that have recently attracted a number of industry awards. At the Security and Fire Awards 2021 held in Greece in November, G4S took home 8 awards including Best Special Event Security for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), Best Integrated Security Solution for the Avramar Aquaculture Project in Astakos, the Best Fire Security System at the National Theatre of Athens and the Best Transportation Security Solution at the Port of Rhodes. G4S also won the Grand Award for the Security Integrator of the Year.