BOSTON, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) today announced a new research collaboration with Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), a teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, focused on immunology of type 1 diabetes. The two organizations will share knowledge and apply their respective expertise in basic and applied research regarding diabetes and drug target and candidate development.
Under the terms of the agreement, researchers from both organizations will undertake proof-of-concept, safety and functional studies for a novel immunomodulatory approach to treat type 1 diabetes. Sanofi has an option to exclusively license intellectual property emerging from this collaboration.
"Our engagement in this important research collaboration exemplifies our aim to help identify new treatment options and ultimately bring real benefits to people with type 1 diabetes," commented Pierre Chancel, Senior Vice President, Global Diabetes, Sanofi. "By working together to translate academic knowledge into know-how about a potential new drug target, we hope to discover revolutionary new options for patients living with type 1 diabetes worldwide."
Diabetes affects nearly 26 million people in the U.S. alone, with an estimated global prevalence of 346 million people(1,2) - a number which the World Health Organization projected would double between 2005 and 2030. In diabetes the body does not produce enough insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar, or cannot properly utilize the insulin it does make. It is the leading cause of kidney failure, a major cause of heart disease and stroke, and the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.(1)
"Brigham and Women's Hospital is excited to engage in this important research collaboration," said Barbara Bierer, M.D., Senior Vice President of Research, Brigham and Women's Hospital. "This strategic collaboration brings further recognition to the outstanding research of the renowned Brigham scientist Vijay Kuchroo, D.V.M., Ph.D. and his colleagues including, Drs. Terry Strom and Maria Koulmanda from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and the importance of the translation of fundamental discoveries into routine clinical practice."
Financial details of the collaboration were not disclosed.
About Sanofi Diabetes
Sanofi strives to help people manage the complex challenge of diabetes by delivering innovative, integrated and personalized solutions. Driven by valuable insights that come from listening to and engaging with people living with diabetes, the Company is forming partnerships to offer diagnostics, therapies, services, and devices including innovative blood glucose monitoring systems. Sanofi markets both injectable and oral medications for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Investigational compounds in the pipeline include an injectable GLP-1 agonist being studied as a single agent, in combination with basal insulin, and/or in combination with oral anti-diabetic agents.
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, 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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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National diabetes fact sheet: general information and national estimates on diabetes in the United States, 2011. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of
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