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Sanofi Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Elysée Treaty
- Supports First Two Academic Chairs for New Centre Virchow-Villermé for
Public Health -
Paris, France, October 21, 2013 - In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of
the Elysée Treaty, Sanofi (EURONEXT:SAN and NYSE: SNY) today signed agreements
to donate EUR2 million to support the first two academic chairs of the new
French-German Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health. Sanofi Chief Executive
Officer Christopher A. Viehbacher signed the agreements to support the two
chairs during this year's World Health Summit held in Berlin.
"In the 50th year of the Elysée Treaty, the donation of these first two Chairs
further supports the intensive collaboration between our two countries in the
field of science, politics and the economy," said Christopher A. Viehbacher
during the signature ceremony. "It is only through partnership that we can
succeed and through these chairs, we are bringing together actors in education,
research, science and industry to make a real difference in promoting health
The Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health, founded in April 2013, is
focused on interdisciplinary cooperation in the fields of education, research
and expertise. One of the initial projects consists in a multilingual and open
platform for internet-based learning (Massive Open Online Courses - MOOC), to
offer remote courses in the field of Public Health. The project's primary aim
is to enable students to benefit from high-quality courses in the field of
Public Health in regions of Africa where infrastructure is lacking.
The two academic chairs supported by Sanofi will be established in Berlin and
in Paris, and will exclusively serve the purposes of the Centre
Virchow-Villermé. The funds provided for a five-year period will be evenly
shared between the two academic chairs.
On behalf of the founding universities of both countries, the agreements were
signed by Professor Annette Grüters-Kieslich, Dean of the Charité Medical
University of Berlin, and Professor Frédéric Dardel, President of the Paris
Descartes University (Sorbonne Paris Cité), as well as Martine Aiach, President
of the Descartes Foundation.
About the Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health
The Centre Virchow-Villermé was set up in April 2013 as part of the
commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty. The objective of
the French-German Center jointly set up by the Charité Medical University of
Berlin and Sorbonne Paris Cité is to focus on public health education, research
and expertise with a deep commitment to interdisciplinary work. Sanofi is
supporting the Virchow-Villermé project by funding the first two academic
chairs of this unique French-German Center dedicated to Public Health.
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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