Paris, February 27, 2012
Four Prestigious Awards to Support Innovative Biomedical Research
Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) and the Institut Pasteur announced today the creation of the Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Awards to encourage scientific excellence in the service of health. Four hundred and eighty thousand euro (480,000 €) will support four innovative research projects demonstrating real progress in the life sciences and providing answers to major healthcare problems, more specifically in four fields: neglected tropical diseases, vaccine innovation, drug resistance, and therapeutic approaches to ageing and regenerative medicine.
“With these awards, the Institut Pasteur confirms its commitment to the greater interest by encouraging research, notably in conditions affecting the most vulnerable populations and diseases sharply on the rise in the world,” said Alice Dautry, President of the Institut Pasteur.
“I am enthusiastic about this collaborative endeavour with the Institut Pasteur which will promote and support research teams capable of making a real difference in the lives of patients and in key areas of public health,” said Elias Zerhouni, President, Global R&D of Sanofi. “The Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Awards follow a long-standing partnership between our two organizations.”
Candidates can submit their applications by April 20, 2012. The prices will be awarded in November 2012 at the Institute Pasteur in Paris. For further information: www.sanofi-institutpasteur-awards.com
Sanofi and the Institut Pasteur have a long history of partnership which reflects Louis Pasteur philosophy which states that "Pure research and applied research are not separate entities. Research and its applications are united together as the fruit of the tree is united with the branch that bears it”.
The first partnership emerged through the establishment of the dedicated fund "Fighting Parasitic Diseases" which led to the creation of new research teams. Today, Sanofi also sponsors the Center for Integrative Biology of Emerging Diseases (BIME) and collaborates with the Institut Pasteur in the development of new vaccines against infectious diseases.
About the Institut Pasteur
Sanofi, a global and diversified 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, rare diseases, consumer healthcare, emerging markets and animal health. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).