Houman Ashrafian

Executive Vice President, Head of Research and Development
Houman Ashrafian, Executive Vice President, Head of Research and Development

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First elected or appointed

September 2023

Education and Business Experience

Houman Ashrafian is responsible for bolstering Sanofi’s pipeline of tranformative medicines and vaccines in support of its emergence as a science-driven and innovation leader in industry.

Houman joined Sanofi from SV Health Investors where he was Managing Partner of the global private equity and venture capital investment platform which has a special focus on biotechnology, healthcare growth equity, and medtech. He has a robust track record in building high value, successful companies in the healthcare space, that brought transformational medicines from discovery to market: he co-founded and chaired the biotechs Alchemab Therapeutics, Dualitas, Enara Bio, Mestag Therapeutics, Sitryx and Trex Bio.

Previously, he was Vice President and head of the Clinical Science Group at UCB with a main focus on precision medicine strategies and early clinical activities across the R&D portfolio. He also co-founded Cardiac Report, a cardiac services company, Heart Metabolics, Catamaran Bio, as well as Weatherden, a boutique clinical consultancy.

Houman is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford in the U.K.

He has received numerous prestigious awards and recognitions over the course of his career, including the Michael Davies Early Career Award from the British Cardiovascular Society and the Schuldham Prize. Houman has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Cambridge (U.K) and a BM BCh and DPhil from the University of Oxford (U.K).

Sanofi’s R&D strategy is integral to our overall transformation toward becoming a modern, science-driven company. I am passionate about making a meaningful difference in the lives of patients with breakthrough medicines and vaccines. 

Houman Ashrafian

Executive Vice President, Head of Research and Development

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