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Elias Zerhouni, MD
President - Global R&D
Sanofi

Elias Zerhouni, MD, is the President, Global Research & Development, and a member of the Executive Committee and the Global Leadership Team for Sanofi. This new position brings R&D medicines and vaccines under one umbrella, enabling Sanofi to maximize opportunities for sharing and partnering the extensive wealth of experience and expertise that exists within the company, across Global Operations and the Vaccines Division. 

Prior to becoming the President for Global Research & Development at Sanofi, Dr. Zerhouni served as a Scientific Advisor to the company and played an instrumental role in redesigning the Sanofi R&D model to foster increased innovation through scientific networks and exchange, creativity and flexibility.  

Dr. Zerhouni’s academic career was spent at the renowned Johns Hopkins University and Hospital where he was professor of Radiology and Biomedical engineering and senior adviser for Johns Hopkins Medicine. He served as Chair of the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Vice Dean for Research and Executive Vice Dean of the School of Medicine from 1996 to 2002 before his appointment as Director of the National Institutes of Health from 2002 to 2008. In that position he oversaw the NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers with more than 18,000 employees and a budget of $29.5 billion (2008). 

Dr. Zerhouni has founded or co-founded five start-up companies, authored more than 200 publications and holds eight patents and a number of prominent positions on several Boards, including most recently, Senior Fellow of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, the board of trustees of the Mayo Clinic and the Lasker Foundation. He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, received the prestigious Legion of Honor medal from the French National Order in 2008, and was recently appointed as Chair of Innovation at the College de France and elected as a member of the French Academy of Medicine.

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