History

After the First World War, the first National Institute of Health of the Czechoslovak Republic was established on the grounds of a former agricultural facility in Bohumil. Its goal was to develop and produce serum and vaccines and to supervise the quality of food and pharmaceuticals. After the Second World War, the National Institute of Health relocated to Prague and only its serum and vaccines production facility remained in Bohumil, operating under the name of Biogena and later Sevac. Following the Velvet Revolution, it was decided to build a plasma processing plant in Bohumil. However, it was never finished and in 2001, the production facility was acquired by the American company Baxter. From that year until 2015, the facility produced flu vaccines using the advanced serum-free Vero cell technology.