Thomas Südhof

Independent director
Thomas Südhof - Independent director at the Board of Directors of Sanofi and Chairman of the Scientific Committee
Thomas Südhof, Independent director

At a Glance

Date of birth

December 22, 1955


German and American

First elected or appointed

May 2016

Last reappointment

April 2020

Term expires

General Meeting 2024

Education and Business Experience

Thomas Südhof, MD, is the Avram Goldstein Professor in Stanford University School of Medicine, and serves as a professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology and Neurosurgery, and, by courtesy, of Psychiatry and Neurology. In addition, he is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and has been an advisor at Catalio Venture Partners since 2019.

Previously Dr. Südhof spent 25 years at the University of Texas, Southwestern, where he acted as Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience. Most of his research at that time focused on the mechanisms of synaptic information transmission which have pharmacological consequences for the treatment of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases. He is co-founder and member of numerous scientific committees of companies and biotechs based in the United States.

Dr. Südhof won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (shared with James Rothman and Randy Shekman) in 2013, the Albert Lasker Medical Basic Research Award (shared with Richard Scheller), as well as the Bernhard Katz Award of the Biophysical Society (shared with Reinhard Jahn). He holds a Medical Degree from the University of Göttingen Medical School (Germany) and a Doctoral Degree from the Max Planck Institute/University of Göttingen (Germany).

Contact information

46, avenue de la Grande Armée - 75017 Paris (France)

Directorships & Appointments

Inside the Sanofi Group

Independent director

Chairman of the Scientific Committee

Outside the Sanofi Group

School of Medicine at Stanford University: Avram Goldstein Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Neurology

CytoDel Inc.: Independent director

NeuroCentria: Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee

* Listed company

Meet the Sanofi Board of Directors

Frédéric Oudéa - Chairman of the Board of Directors

Frédéric Oudéa

Chairman of the Board of Directors