On 9 December, the Australian government officially re-opened its embassy in Bern, Switzerland, after a 30-year break. It is part of efforts by both countries to forge closer ties, particularly at the economic level. This event allowed the Bern site to show the Australian Minister for Trade and Tourism, Don Farrell, and Australia's new Ambassador to Switzerland, Elizabeth Day, CSL Behring’s Bern manufacturing site, showcasing our strong bonds and collaboration with our colleagues in Broadmeadows and across the network. We also pointed out our global R&D network with a strong relationship and legacy with Australia. A big thank you to Anna Meier, Head of Fractionation Bern, for her professional manufacturing tour guiding, and to Adrian Zuercher, Head of Research Europe, for his R&D expertise, explaining how CSL continues to build on its capabilities across the R&D value chain to address unmet patient needs.
Within the same week, two further Australian Government Officials were also present during the opening event of the fractionation facility in Broadmeadows, Australia. This is a great honor and evidently demonstrates how important CSL is for Australia, being a reliable partner for developing and providing treatments that save and improve lives, and delivering a healthier today and a better tomorrow for patients and people everywhere.