Sanofi and Aviesan Renew their Agreement to Accelerate Research in France

09/27/2013 09:15:59 AM
Sanofi and Aviesan Renew their Agreement to Accelerate Research in France
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Published Date: September 27, 2013 09:15:00 AM EDT

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Sanofi and Aviesan Renew their Agreement to Accelerate Research in France

- Three-year renewal of the cooperation protocol -

Paris, France - September 27, 2013 - Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) and
Aviesan(1), the French National Alliance for Life Sciences and Health today
announced that they have renewed for a period of three years the cooperation
protocol signed in 2010.The aim is to contribute to the development of new
treatments that target unmet medical needs, including those in the field of
rare diseases, to participate to the excellence and consolidation of research
in French industry on an international level. Special emphasis will be put on
translational research projects that bring together clinical and medical teams
with fundamental research teams to translate research successes into medical
advances.

"As well as strengthening existing ties, this new agreement will allow us to
explore other avenues of research," said Professor André Syrota, President of
Aviesan. "Translational research combines clinical and basic research,
underscoring the critical importance of linking industrial and academic
expertise."

Several projects under this new protocol are under discussion, including the
creation of centers of excellence as part of future investments, particularly
in collaboration with IHUs (University Hospital Institutes) and IRTs
(Technological Research Institutes).

"With the signing of several projects between Sanofi and Aviesan during the
past three years, Sanofi has become the leading private partner of academic
research in the life sciences," said Dr Elias Zerhouni, President, Global
Research & Development, Sanofi. "Strategic and operational committees have
worked tirelessly to achieve this convergence of the best in French academic
excellence and our own teams. We all committed to pursuing these vital
interactions in order to accelerate scientific discoveries for the benefit
of patients."

The new cooperation between Aviesan and Sanofi research teams will also spur
the development of technology platforms to finance the work of researchers
(e.g. the ATIP-Avenirs program), CIFRE fellows, post-docs, and staff
secondment.

A Strategy Committee and an Operational Steering Committee, each consisting of
eight directors divided equally between Aviesan and Sanofi, will coordinate
interactions between the different players, as well as preparing and
validating projects and monitoring their implementation.

(1) An alliance between CEA, the CNRS, INRA, INRIA, Inserm, the Institut
Pasteur, the IRD, the Conference of University Presidents and the Conference
of Managing Directors of regional and university hospitals.

About the collaboration between Sanofi and Aviesan since 2010
The cooperation protocol signed in 2010 between Sanofi and Aviesan is based on
three pillars. First, collaboration agreements with Aviesan research teams.
Second, the creation of teams of young researchers supported by additional
funding from the ATIP-Avenirs program, a joint CNRS and INSERM initiative.
Third, Sanofi is a member of the COPIO (interagency Steering Committee) tasked
with setting up and bringing to maturity inter-agency projects that help with
medical progress and the development of the healthcare industry, through which
Sanofi has funded several projects.

In three years, Sanofi has signed 15 collaborative projects with Aviesan's
French teams of academic excellence, as well as providing additional funding
to 16 young scientists who won ATIP-Avenirs grants and investing in four
COPIO projects. Over 10 million euros were invested by Sanofi in 2012 for
these collaborations.

About Aviesan - French National Alliance for Life Sciences and Health
France's National Alliance for Life Sciences and Health (Aviesan) encompasses
the CEA, CNRS, INRA, INRIA, INSERM, Institut Pasteur, IRD, the CPU and the
Conference of Managing Directors of regional and university hospitals, as well
as 10 associate members: Ariis, CIRAD, EFS, Fondation Mérieux, Ineris, the
Curie Institute, IRSN, IRBA, Institut Mines-Telecom and Unicancer. Aviesan
aims to develop a seamless continuum from basic research to practical
applications at the very highest level in all areas of life sciences and
healthcare research.
The National Alliance for Life Sciences and Health is organized into 10
multi-organization thematic institutes that coordinate the research and are
tasked with providing an audit of French research on the basis of major
themes. www.aviesan.fr

About Sanofi
Sanofi, an integrated global healthcare leader, discovers, develops and
distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients' needs. Sanofi has core
strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth platforms: diabetes
solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging
markets, animal health and the new Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris
(EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).

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Contacts:

Sanofi Aviesan
Laurence Bollack Priscille Rivière
Tel: 01 53 77 46 46 Tel: 01 44 23 60 97
mr@sanofi.com presse@inserm.fr

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