Sanofi strengthens its French-German partnership on the occasion the French-German Week for Science and Alumni
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Sanofi strengthens its French-German partnership
on the occasion the French-German Week for Science and Alumni - Proposal for the creation of a French-German Advanced Translational drug discovery Center - Support of the Paris-Berlin Virchow-Villermé University Centre for Public Health Paris, France - April 15, 2013 - Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) announced today its involvement in two major Franco-German projects in the field of healthcare, on the occasion of the opening of the "French-German Week for Science and Alumni." At a ceremony held at the Institut de France, in the presence of the French Minister for Higher Education and Research Geneviève Fioraso and the German Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka, Sanofi announced the signature of memoranda of understanding towards the creation of the French-German Advanced Translational drug discovery Center (FGATC), and its support to the Paris-Berlin Virchow-Villermé University Center for Public Health. "As this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of French-German friendship and as a Group with deep roots in both France and Germany, Sanofi is proud to contribute to the move towards the creation of the French-German Advanced Translational drug discovery Center, which should accelerate biomedical discoveries and transform them into new therapies for the benefit of patients," said Dr. Elias Zerhouni, President, Global R&D, Sanofi. "We are also very pleased to support a world class academic partnership and are convinced that the new Paris-Berlin Virchow-Villermé University Centre for Public Health will drive forward public health knowledge, which is a key issue for all governments." The French-German Advanced Translational drug discovery Center is a unique project of public-private partnership, in which Sanofi would partner with INSERM, the University of Strasbourg, the Mannheim Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg and the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ). The objective would be to share resources and experiences across the various entities in order to translate biomedical research into new therapies. The location would be planned on two sites in Strasbourg and Heidelberg/Mannheim. The Paris-Berlin Virchow-Villermé University Centre for Public Health will bring together two prestigious universities: the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Sorbonne Paris Cité. It will provide innovative academic courses in the field of public health and facilitate exchange programs for researchers and students. Sanofi's contemplated contribution would provide funding of two academic chairs for five years for a total budget of 2 million euros. About Sanofi Sanofi, a global and diversified healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients' needs. 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