What is it?

Sanofi is committed to collaborating with partners to advance cutting-edge discoveries. The Sanofi Innovations in Data Exploration and Analytics (iDEA) Awards program, launched in 2018, provides seed funding to innovators at research centers and early start-ups across North America to transform breakthrough digital, data science tools and new technologies into solutions that accelerate the R&D pipeline and improve people’s lives. In 2022, the iDEA awards and iTECH awards (Europe) merged into the Sanofi iDEA-iTECH awards.

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

  • Seed funding of $150.000 USD
  • Dedicated Sanofi Project Champion and resources (subject matter experts)
  • A steppingstone to further collaboration

Examples of Partnering Opportunities

Design & rank FIC/BIC drug candidates & combinations for efficacy and safety

Predict & track disease progression & drug effects

Optimize clinical trial design

Predict patient outcomes

Maximize drug value in the real world

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

iDEA-iTECH recipients for the 2021-2022 cycle

  • Doug Arnold & Tal Arbel, McGill University in partnership with the International Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Alliance 
  • Manisha Desai, Stanford Medicine 
  • Christopher Forrest, PEDSnet 
  • Dina Katabi, Emerald Innovations 
  • Fei Wang, Weill Cornell Medicine 
  • Jennifer Wilson, Stanford Medicine (now at UCLA)

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

For more information about iDEA-iTECH Awards, contact SRI-NA@sanofi.com

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