What is it?

A booster to transform breakthrough technologies and processes developed by best-in-class academic partners and start-ups into innovative solutions to accelerate our R&D portfolio.

In 2022, the initiatives iDEA Awards (North America) and iTECH Awards (Europe) came together under the same umbrella: the Sanofi iDEA-iTECH Awards.

Sanofi iDEA-iTECH Awards is a one-year program consisting of:

  • A seed funding of 120 000 euros. 
  • A dedicated support of a Sanofi scientific expert.
  • A steppingstone to further collaboration.

Who are we looking for?

European start-ups/biotechs and academics from our selected partner institutions developing cutting-edge technologies in the following areas:

  • Digital, data sciences and artificial intelligence
  • Drug optimization and biologics discovery research 
  • Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics 
  • Processes in Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control
  • Real World Evidence development
  • Precision Medicine in oncology, immunology-inflammation, rare and neurodegenerative diseases
  • Cell and Gene Therapy
  • Vaccines 

A fast process to select and start projects in less than 8 months:

Call for projects 2023

(open from November 3rd to December 16th 2022)

 

Discover previous iDEA-iTECH Awards winners’ stories

The iDEA-iTECH Awards recipients for the 2020 cycle are:

  • BOURQUARD Thomas, MAbSilico (start-up) 
  • CANTINI Laura, Université PSL 
  • GERMAIN Matthieu, Curadigm (start-up) 
  • GUEROIS Raphael, CEA 
  • MAMOUN Robert, Ciloa (start-up) 
  • MASSELA Michel, CEA
  • PICHON Valerie, Université PSL 
  • POMEROL Jean-François, TRIBUN Health (start-up) 
  • THIAM Abdou Rachid, Université PSL 
  • TOURNIER Nicolas, CEA 
  • TRIBET Christophe, Université PSL

For a complete list of past and current recipients, click here.

IDEA-iTECH Awards program Partners

ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS 

France : 

  • CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives) 
  • CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) 
  • Université PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres)
  • Inserm

United Kingdom: 

  • University of Oxford 

Germany: 

  • Universität Heidelberg 

Belgium: 

  • VIB (Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie)

LIFE SCIENCE CLUSTERS 

France: 

  • EurobioMed 
  • Genopôle 
  • Lyonbiopôle 
  • Medicen 

Switzerland: 

  • BioAlps 

Germany: 

  • BioRN

Belgium: 

  • Flanders.bio 

WITH THE SUPPORT AND COMMITMENT OF BPIFRANCE

For more information contact EMEA_iTech-Awards@sanofi.com