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)
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