Sanofi and Google to create Innovation Lab

Sanofi and Google to create Innovation Lab

19 June 2019 - Deborah Wilkes

Sanofi and Google are creating a virtual Innovation Lab with the aim of "radically transforming how future medicines and health services are delivered by tapping into the power of emerging data technologies".

There is an "opportunity to transform healthcare through partnerships with pioneering technology and analytics companies", says Ameet Nathwani, chief digital officer, chief medical officer and executive vice president, medical at Sanofi.

“Combining Sanofi’s biologic innovations and scientific data with Google’s industry-leading capabilities – from cloud computing to state-of-the-art artificial intelligence – we aspire to give people more control over their health and accelerate the discovery of new therapies," adds Nathwani.

Thomas Kurian, chief executive officer of Google Cloud, comments that life science companies are looking to "data driven innovation to help fuel the creation of accessible healthcare solutions".

Sanofi says the collaboration aims to change the way the company develops new treatments. It will focus on better understanding patients and diseases, increasing Sanofi’s operational efficiency, and improving the experience of Sanofi’s patients and customers.

More personalised approaches

The two companies will "leverage deep analytics across data sets to better understand key diseases and extract related patient insights". "This will enable Sanofi to research and develop more personalised approaches to treatment and identify accompanying technologies to improve health outcomes," says Sanofi.

Sanofi and Google will apply technology and analytics to "Sanofi’s large real world database to better understand what treatments work for patients". "This aims to result in an improved ability to offer personalised treatment advice, thus optimising patient care and reducing healthcare costs," says Sanofi.

The two companies also plan to apply artificial intelligence across diverse data sets to better forecast sales and inform marketing and supply chain efforts.

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