Sanofi Genzyme Recognizes Ninth Annual World MS Day

Highlights Global Awareness and Educational Initiatives to Support the Multiple Sclerosis Community

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--()--Sanofi Genzyme, the specialty care global business unit of Sanofi, joins the global multiple sclerosis (MS) community today in recognition of the ninth annual World MS Day, an initiative created by the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) to raise awareness for the more than 2.3 million people worldwide living with this challenging disease.

Sanofi Genzyme is committed to addressing unmet needs in MS. In addition to its current marketed therapies, the company has a portfolio of research and development-stage programs targeting both relapsing and progressive forms of MS, as well as neuroprotection and remyelination. Sanofi Genzyme also has external research collaborations with academic institutions such as Johns Hopkins and the Cleveland Clinic, and is a supporter of the International Progressive MS Alliance.

In addition, Sanofi Genzyme is continuously working to advance MS treatment and care through support for care partners and people living with MS, global initiatives to generate disease awareness, and the collection of real-world data to further advance the understanding of the impact of the disease.

This year’s theme for World MS Day is ‘Life with MS.' The goal is to bring the MS community together to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with and for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.

On World MS Day and every day, Sanofi Genzyme is proud to be part of the strong global community that supports people living with this disease,” said Bill Sibold, Global Franchise Head, Multiple Sclerosis, Oncology & Immunology, Sanofi Genzyme. “Our team is continuously inspired by the powerful stories we hear from people living with MS and the challenges they face on a daily basis. As part of our long-term commitment to the MS community, Sanofi Genzyme is focused on delivering treatment options and patient-focused programs aimed at addressing these challenges.”

Last year Sanofi Genzyme launched vs.MS, a global initiative focused on highlighting and addressing the physical and emotional burden of the disease. A survey was fielded among more than 1,000 people living with relapsing MS and nearly 600 care partners in seven countries. Results from the survey revealed significant challenges that people living with relapsing MS face on a day-to-day basis. Informed by the survey, Sanofi Genzyme is extending the vs.MS initiative in 2017 by launching resources intended to assist MS health care providers in more fully understanding the broad impact of the disease, with the goal of improving patient care.

This year Sanofi Genzyme will also be launching regional programs utilizing the vs.MS data with the goal of having deeper conversations with people living with MS and exploring potential solutions to the challenges they face.

Additional key initiatives being supported by Sanofi Genzyme in 2017 include:

  • Engagement with the MSIF on building capacity among patient advocacy organizations across South America and the Middle East.
  • Continued partnership on the ‘Digesting Science’ program, developed by Barts and the London Blizard Institute. This innovative program is focused on helping children understand MS. In 2017, Sanofi Genzyme funding will support the translation and global dissemination of an educational toolkit on how MS affects the body.
  • ‘Navigating MS,’ a multi-year initiative with the MS Association of America, which is leading a global coalition of patient advocacy organizations and thought leaders to develop guidance and best practices on patient-healthcare provider communications.

Sanofi Genzyme employees around the world are recognizing World MS Day with a variety of activities, including hosting educational events and performing volunteer work in the community. To learn more about World MS Day, visit www.worldmsday.org.

About Sanofi

Sanofi, a global healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients' needs. Sanofi is organized into five global business units: Diabetes and Cardiovascular, General Medicines and Emerging Markets, Sanofi Genzyme, Sanofi Pasteur and Consumer Healthcare.

Sanofi Genzyme focuses on developing specialty treatments for debilitating diseases that are often difficult to diagnose and treat, providing hope to patients and their families. Learn more at www.sanofigenzyme.com.

Sanofi® is a registered trademark of Sanofi. Genzyme® is a registered trademark of Genzyme Corporation. All rights reserved.

Sanofi Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. These statements include projections and estimates regarding the marketing and other potential of the product, or regarding potential future revenues from the product. Forward-looking statements are generally identified by the words “expects”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “plans” and similar expressions. Although Sanofi’s management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, investors are cautioned that forward-looking information and statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of Sanofi, that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. These risks and uncertainties include among other things, unexpected regulatory actions or delays, or government regulation generally, that could affect the availability or commercial potential of the product, the absence of guarantee that the product will be commercially successful, the uncertainties inherent in research and development, including future clinical data and analysis of existing clinical data relating to the product, including post marketing, unexpected safety, quality or manufacturing issues, competition in general, risks associated with intellectual property and any related future litigation and the ultimate outcome of such litigation, and volatile economic conditions, as well as those risks discussed or identified in the public filings with the SEC and the AMF made by Sanofi, including those listed under “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in Sanofi’s annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2016. Other than as required by applicable law, Sanofi does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information or statements.

Contacts

Sanofi Genzyme Media Relations
Rachel Gross, + 1 617-768-6881
rachel.gross@sanofi.com

Contacts

Sanofi Genzyme Media Relations
Rachel Gross, + 1 617-768-6881
rachel.gross@sanofi.com