Sanofi Global Health announced the launch of Impact, a new brand of standard of care medicines produced by Sanofi dedicated for nonprofit distribution to at-risk populations in the world’s most impoverished countries.
The Impact brand, which includes insulin, glibenclamide and oxaliplatin among others, will enable the secure distribution of 30 Sanofi medicines in 40 lower-income countries. Considered essential by the World Health Organization, the medicines cover a wide range of therapeutic areas, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, tuberculosis, malaria and cancer.
The launch of the Impact brand is among the steps taken since the formation last year of Sanofi Global Health, a nonprofit unit within the company aiming to increase access to healthcare through the distribution of medicines, and the building and bolstering of local healthcare systems in countries with among the lowest per capita GDP. Sanofi Global Health is the first and only global initiative to provide access to such a broad portfolio of medicines in so many countries and across multiple therapeutic areas while funding local support programs and strengthening local inclusive businesses.
“At Sanofi, we believe we have a responsibility to make a difference for the health of those most in need, and we know we have the ability and the ambition to bring about lasting change,” said Paul Hudson, Chief Executive Officer. “With critical medicines, relentless drive and impactful partnerships, we can take our innovation beyond the lab and use it to strengthen health systems and access to medicines for those most vulnerable communities of patients. Sanofi Global Health aims to improve the lives of millions of people who now cannot get the help they need. Sanofi’s renewed purpose is to chase the miracles of science to improve people’s lives. And our quest to make life better for all people must include helping to provide better access to care and quality medicines for underserved populations.”
The company also announces the establishment of an Impact fund that will support startup companies and other innovators that can deliver scalable solutions for sustainable healthcare in underserved regions. By providing inclusive business financing and technical assistance, the fund will complement the GHU mission of leveraging global, regional and local investment to support the training of healthcare professionals and aiding communities in running sustainable care systems. The announcements come as Sanofi gathers key global health stakeholders to discuss how to build effective end-to-end health programs that are embedded in the communities in which they serve, to best reach, treat and manage patients’ health effectively and sustainably.
“The launch of the Impact brand and our Impact Fund are our latest steps to make our medicines available and to help bring quality, sustainable healthcare to people in the world’s poorest countries,” said Jon Fairest, Head, Global Health Unit. “But we know that we cannot do this alone, and so we are building partnerships at global, regional and local levels that will help to improve and establish health systems to reach our goal of a healthier, more resilient world.”
Sanofi Global Health is one of the three elements of Sanofi’s multi-tiered approach to Social impact, which includes Foundation S — the Sanofi collective dedicated to philanthropy and a Corporate Social Responsibility strategy embedded in our business activities:
Foundation S is focused on efforts to fight childhood cancer, increase the health resilience of populations most affected by climate change, and provide donations of products to meet humanitarian crises. Carrying on the company’s 30-year legacy, Sanofi has also committed to donating 100,000 vials every year free of charge to support to patients with five different lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs), a group of rare genetic conditions caused by enzyme deficiencies.
Our company-wide CSR strategy focuses on four pillars: affordable access; innovation for vulnerable communities; planet care, in and beyond the workplace; in addition to responsible business. It is built around flagship initiatives spread across the company’s value chain, from R&D to manufacturing to commercial operations, considering every part of the organization has a role to play and a contribution to make.