CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing efforts to address disparities in underrepresented communities, Sanofi has announced a collaboration with Howard University College of Pharmacy for a two-year post-professional Doctorate in Pharmacy fellowship program. Sanofi's goal is to hire fellows into permanent full-time positions at the company, marking the first time a Howard University College of Pharmacy industry partner has committed to post-fellowship employment.
Set to begin in the second half of 2022, the program will award ten PharmD graduate students an opportunity to participate in practical learning experiences across multiple research and development fields, including oncology, rare diseases, neurology, immunology, regulatory, pharmacovigilance, clinical and operations, as well as US medical, public policy and patient advocacy.
John Reed, MD., Ph.D.
Global Head of Research and Development at Sanofi
"At Sanofi, we recognize that work-force diversity correlates strongly with creativity, successful problem solving, and visionary innovation. This collaboration with Howard University will allow us the opportunity to foster the next generation of scientists from historically underrepresented communities. We look forward to working with the fellows as they begin their training and become Sanofi team members who will undoubtedly help contribute to frontier innovations as we bring the next generation of life-saving medicines to patients worldwide."
Sanofi employees represent the variety of Sanofi's patients, customers and partners, which builds a better understanding of needs and forges stronger connections. An inclusive culture unleashes our potential, increases innovation, improves our products and makes us better all around. For example, by facilitating the increased participation of diverse populations in clinical trials, Sanofi is striving to aid in the improvement of social equity and human health. With these beliefs and ambitions, the company is honored is to begin this collaboration with Howard University College of Pharmacy. The fellows' contributions will help to bolster Sanofi's mission and our diverse top-tier talent pipeline, and empower scholars to pursue STEM research in the future.
Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph.,
Howard University Provost and Chief Academic Officer
"We look forward to the partnership with Sanofi, a global leader in healthcare innovation, and the launch of this unique fellowship program. Howard University is among the nation's largest producers of African-American students who complete doctorates in science, technology, engineering, and physical sciences. The Sanofi fellowship will allow promising graduates to gain real-world experience while contributing to a field that has historically overlooked and undervalued people of color."
The fellowship program with Howard University College of Pharmacy is part of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) strategy, which set new objectives in June 2021 to be achieved by 2025. The strategy is built around three key pillars: building representative leadership, creating a work environment where employees can bring their whole selves and engaging with the company's diverse communities. Earlier this year, Sanofi took additional steps forward in its DE&I strategy by introducing a DE&I Board, joining the Novartis Beacon of Hope program, and fostering the creation of Global Employee Resource Groups framework.
About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.
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