Sanofi and Insilico Medicine Ink $1.2 Billion Drug Development Deal

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The deal will see Sanofi use Insilico’s AI drug discovery platform to advance up to six new drug development candidates.

Sanofi and Insilico Medicine, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, announced a multi-year strategic research collaboration on Nov. 8, 2022. The agreement will see Sanofi use Insilico’s AI platform, Pharma.AI, to advance drug development in up to six new targets.

According to a company press release, Sanofi will pay $21.5 million in upfront and target nomination fees. Additional payments for various research, development, and sales milestones reach as high as $1.2 billion, as well as mid-single to low double-digit tiered royalties for any products developed.

“We look forward to working with Insilico Medicine, a demonstrated leader in AI-powered drug discovery,” said Changchun Xiao, head of China Research, Sanofi, in the release.“This collaboration will leverage our complementary capabilities, as well as the co-location of our scientific teams, to boost the drug discovery efforts of the Sanofi Institute for Biomedical Research (SIBR), Sanofi’s R&D center in China.”


“We are very happy to collaborate with Sanofi, a company with a clear strategy in AI-powered drug discovery,” said Alex Zhavoronkov, CEO and founder, Insilico Medicine, in the release. “This close collaboration will allow Sanofi to immediately gain the capabilities of one of the top AI startups in addition to enriching their drug discovery pipeline."

Source: Insilico Medicine