Sanofi has announced the launch of its first Digital Accelerator to foster its ambition to become a leading digital healthcare company. The accelerator will develop products and solutions that will support Sanofi’s mission to transform the practice of medicine with the use of digital, data, and artificial intelligence (AI). Based in Paris, it already has brought together a team of over 75 experts from around the world and will continue to recruit top talent in digital product management, full stack development, and data science.
The Digital Accelerator is committed to diversity with internal transfers, external hires, the launch of the Accelerator Academy to upskill the internal workforce, and by partnering with the international non-profit organization Women In Tech, to close the gender gap in the digital field. The Digital Accelerator will reach 300 people in the next two years at locations that will best support the company’s global digital strategy, attract new talent, and further integrate agile ways of working into the company’s culture.
The Digital Accelerator is first focusing on addressing unmet needs in patients suffering from atopic dermatitis in France, Italy, and Spain. The team is developing an integrated platform and data solution to better engage with healthcare professionals and enhance their awareness, as well as their patients’ awareness of the disease and the available treatment options.
“Sanofi’s digital transformation is driven by a business and cultural shift as much as it is by technology,” says Arnaud Robert, executive vice president & chief digital officer, Sanofi. “The Digital Accelerator will help us democratize the use of data, develop an agile mindset across the company, and accelerate innovation for patients and healthcare professionals—at speed and scale. Our investment in the Digital Accelerator is another demonstration of our commitment to transform the practice of medicine and deliver better outcomes for patients.”
Since sharing its new global digital strategy in 2021, Sanofi has focused on simultaneously building digital and data foundations, delivering business value, developing modern skills, and fostering a digitally and data-driven company culture with the upskilling of over 16,000 employees. More than 300 new talents have joined Sanofi in the last 18 months in France, Spain, the U.S., and Canada to strengthen the company’s digital, data, and cybersecurity teams.