The Story of Sanofi: Innovating Together to Shape the Future of Healthcare

Sanofi is a global pharmaceutical company focused on customer care and headquartered in Paris, France. As of 2013, Sanofi is the world's fifth-largest company by prescription sales. 

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  • Health
  • 2019
    Year they joined the platform
  • 9
    Startups accelerated
  • Munich

Digital Solutions for a Better Future

When it comes to self-care, there is a steady growth of patients who use digital solutions to improve their quality of life. Sanofi needed a strong partner to tap into this situation, and that is where the collaboration with Plug and Play began.

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Customer-Centric Innovation

At Sanofi, they know that the quality of consumer insights and uniqueness of those insights is what drives differentiation and value. That's why they put customers in the center of their innovation strategy.

“Innovation is really at the core of what we do every day. It's really about thinking differently and providing better outcomes for our consumer to treat the condition that they have experienced every day” - Antje Howitz, Consumer Healthcare Global Regulatory Strategy Head Digestive, White Space & Connected Health


Covering significant ground in a short time

After the stage of learning and experimentation, Sanofi could establish a structured process to work with startups and define internal champions and advocates.

This year, they have also been able to expand geographically and extend the partnership from Munich to Latin America, São Paulo, Singapore, and Kyoto. Perfect locations to keep on looking for digital solutions and bring Sanofi’s innovation forward. 


“We are excited to give more of our agents and our markets the opportunity to experiment in these regions as well.” - Oliver Freichel, Vice President Business Development and Strategy


  • 01/2018 – Sanofi Corporate enters Plug and Play Health program in Silicon Valley
  • 05/2018 – Initial CEO Meeting @Vivatech: Saeed Amidi (Plug and Play) / Alan Main (Sanofi CHC)
  • 01/2019 – Sanofi CHC enters Startup Creasphere as a Founding Partner
  • 08/2019 – Partnership Expansion to Singapore
  • 01/2020 – Deal Flows in Sao Paolo
  • 03/2020 – Soft Launch in Japan

Reshape the future of healthcare

We connect the best startups in the world to corporations who want to disrupt the healthcare industry. 

We focus on digital health technologies that challenge clinical practices, improve data analytics, and enhance the patient journey across the continuum of care.