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Olivier Brandicourt delivers a keynote speech at the IPlF

BEIJING, March 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Olivier Brandicourt, Chief Executive Officer of Sanofi, delivered a keynote speech at the 2019 International Pharmaceutical Innovation Forum held on March 26th.

Mr. Brandicourt welcomed China's recent policies and healthcare reforms. "From 2000 to 2016, the Chinese authorities approved around 100 medicines…Just this past year, the NMPA approved 48 medicines, close to the annual standards of the European Medicines Agency or the US FDA. More importantly, behind these figures, there are millions of Chinese patients who now have access to the most innovative medicines in therapeutic areas like oncology, rare diseases and infectious diseases," he said.

Mr. Brandicourt also spoke highly of China's importance in the international pharmaceutical innovation system. He stressed, "Because the development of innovative medicines has become a global and even more complex endeavor, a fragmented, country-based approach is thus no longer viable…I strongly believe that international cooperation will be a key enabler to advance world-class innovation for Chinese patients in the future."

Regarding the future of China's healthcare system, Mr. Brandicourt put forward five suggestions, including delivering integrated care, leveraging Health Technology Assessment, improving procurement, shifting to primary medical care and prevention, and developing supplementary medical insurance.

The International Pharmaceutical Innovation Forum (IPF) is a Biennial International Conference sponsored by the R&D-based Pharmaceutical Association Committee (RDPAC). Its aim is to create a high-level dialogue and collaboration platform between leaders of China's healthcare innovation ecosystem, in order to accelerate China's world-class innovation and better meet the common needs of global patients. More than 400 people, including government officials, corporate executives, academic experts and NGO representatives, attended this year's forum, calling for joint actions to advance China's world-level innovation to save and improve the lives of patients across the world.

About Sanofi

Sanofi is dedicated to supporting people through their health challenges. We are a global biopharmaceutical company focused on human health. We prevent illness with vaccines, provide innovative treatments to fight pain and ease suffering. We stand by the few who suffer from rare diseases and the millions with long-term chronic conditions.

With more than 100,000 people in 100 countries, Sanofi is transforming scientific innovation into healthcare solutions around the globe.

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About Sanofi China

In 1982, Sanofi opened its first office in China. Sanofi China has a diversified business that ranges from pharmaceuticals and human vaccines to consumer healthcare. Sanofi's China headquarters in Shanghai are supported by 11 offices in Beijing, Tianjin, Shenyang, Jinan, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Wuhan, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Fuzhou and Urumqi. Sanofi has around 9,600 employees in China.

Sanofi has three manufacturing facilities in China to meet the increasing demand of the domestic market. These plants are located in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenzhen.

Sanofi operates the China R&D Center and Asia Pacific R&D Hub in Shanghai, Global R&D Operations in Chengdu, and Global Research Institute in Suzhou. Sanofi's R&D focuses on unmet medical needs, such as oncology, immunology, and metabolic diseases in China and the rest of the world.

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Last Updated: 29-Mar-2019