Sanofi CEO unveils new strategy to drive innovation and growth

Sanofi CEO unveils new strategy to drive innovation and growthPrioritize key growth drivers – Dupixent® (dupilumab) and vaccinesAccelerate R&D focus on six potentially transformative medicinesImprove operating efficiencies to fund growth and expand business operating income margin1Align to support new strategy with three core businesses and a standalone consumer healthcare unitPARIS – DECEMBER 9, 2019 – At Sanofi’s Capital Markets Day tomorrow with the financial community, the company will provide details of a new strategic framework with four key priorities to drive innovation and growth. Sanofi will also discuss the alignment of the organization to support this new strategy.Sanofi Chief Executive Officer Paul Hudson and Executive Committee members will provide a detailed overview of the company’s strategy based on four main priorities – focusing the portfolio, leading with science, accelerating efficiency, and reinventing how the company works.

“Our new strategy positions Sanofi to achieve breakthroughs with our most promising medicines, addressing significant patient needs. We will anchor our efforts in leading-edge science with clearer priorities and a focus on delivering results,” said Hudson. “Sanofi gained leadership and changed the practice of medicine in diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. We are now preparing for our next cycle, with a new round of innovative solutions for patients. I’m confident we will achieve long-term growth and value for shareholders while turning innovation into transformative medicines for patients.”
Focus on growthDupixent® (dupilumab)2 – Sanofi expects to deliver strong growth for Dupixent with the ambition of achieving more than €10 billion in peak sales driven by its unique mechanism of action targeting the type 2 inflammation pathway.Vaccines – Vaccines are expected to deliver a mid-to-high single-digit net sales CAGR from 2018 to 2025, through differentiated products, market expansion and new launches.Pipeline – The company has identified and prioritized six potentially transformative therapies.Additional core drivers include treatments for oncology, hematology, rare diseases, neurology, and Sanofi’s strong presence in China.Lead with innovationSanofi has six potentially practice changing therapies in areas of high unmet patient need. These investigational therapies are listed as follows in order of planned submission timing:Fitusiran is an RNAi therapeutic in development for the treatment of hemophilia A and B with or without inhibitors with the potential to provide once-monthly dosing convenience. BIVV0013 is a factor VIII therapy designed to extend protection from bleeds with prophylaxis dosing of once weekly for people with hemophilia A that seek to enjoy a normalized lifestyle.Venglustat is an oral therapy in development for several rare diseases in the category of lysosomal storage disorders (Gaucher type 3, Fabry, Tay-Sachs disease, etc.), and also showing promise for more common disorders including autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease and some sub-types of Parkinson’s disease.SERD (‘859) is a selective estrogen receptor degrader which aims to be the new standard of care in hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer.Nirsevimab4 is a potentially cost-effective prevention against respiratory syncytial virus, with initial focus on protecting infants.BTKi (‘168)5 is an oral medicine for multiple sclerosis with potential to be the first disease-modifying therapy to address inflammation and disability drivers in the brain. The company also announced plans to acquire Synthorx, Inc. which will bolster its immuno-oncology (IO) pipeline with both a proprietary IO platform synergistic with Sanofi’s existing therapeutics platforms, and a lead IO candidate (THOR-707) being explored across multiple solid tumor types both alone and in combination with immune checkpoint inhibitors and other future IO combinations. Additional details can be found here: plans to hold a R&D Day in 2020 to provide a detailed review of its R&D portfolio of candidate medicines, strategy, and specifically productivity.Accelerate efficiencySanofi expects to expand its business operating income (BOI) margin1  to 30% by 2022, with an ambition for its BOI margin to exceed 32% by 2025. The company is also announcing efficiency initiatives that are expected to generate €2 billion savings by 2022. These savings will fund investment in its key growth drivers and accelerate priority pipeline projects as well as support the expansion of the BOI margin.The efficiency savings are expected to result primarily from limiting spend on de-prioritized businesses, from smart spending (procurement) initiatives and from operational excellence in manufacturing and organizational productivity. Regarding de-prioritized businesses, Sanofi is announcing a discontinuation of research in diabetes and cardiovascular (DCV) and will not pursue plans to launch efpeglenatide6. The company will also optimize the commercial model for DCV and rheumatoid arthritis, including right-sizing the resources deployed behind Praluent® (alirocumab)2 and Kevzara® (sarilumab)2.Reinventing how we workSanofi will be structured with three core global business units to support the company’s strategy7Speciality Care (immunology, rare diseases, rare blood disorders, neurology and oncology), Vaccines, and General Medicines (diabetes, cardiovascular, and established products). Consumer Healthcare will be a standalone business unit with integrated R&D and manufacturing functions.Hudson explained, “Our objective for the Consumer Healthcare business is to unlock value and entrepreneurial energy by growing faster than the market over mid-term. We believe the new standalone structure, coupled with plans to accelerate the over-the-counter switches for Cialis® and Tamiflu®, will position the business well to accomplish this ambition.”Focused capital allocationSanofi expects to increase its annual Free Cash Flow by approximately 50% by 2022 compared with an adjusted base of €4.1bn in 2018.8Sanofi continues its focused and disciplined capital allocation policy. It expects to deploy cash generated from its three core GBUs as well as the standalone CHC business with the following order of preference:Organic investmentBusiness Development and M&A activities, focusing on bolt-on, value-enhancing opportunities to drive scientific and commercial leadership in core therapeutic areasGrowing the annual dividendAnti-dilutive share buybacksAdditionally, Sanofi has the potential to raise capital through asset disposals, including streamlining “tail” brands in its Established Products business, and by monetizing its stake after the expiry of the lock-up under the amended and restated investor agreement with Regeneron.R&D updateRegulatory updateRegulatory updates since October 31, 2019 include the following:In November, the FDA approved a supplemental Biologics License Application for Fluzone® High-Dose Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine) for use in adults 65 years of age and older.As of November 2019, the R&D pipeline contained 84 projects, including 37 new molecular entities in clinical development (or that have been submitted to the regulatory authorities). 35 projects are in phase 3 or have been submitted to the regulatory authorities for approval.Portfolio updatePhase 3:In December, positive results from the pivotal Phase 3 trial in patients with cold agglutinin disease (a type of anemia) for sutimlimab, a humanized, monoclonal antibody designed to directly target the classical complement pathway (C1s), will be presented at the Late-Breaking Abstracts Session of the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in Orlando, Florida.  Results from this trial will be submitted to regulatory authorities, starting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the near futureIn December, a Phase 3 study evaluating the extended pharmacology, once-weekly, Factor VIII replacement BIVV001 in patients with hemophilia A was initiated.In November, positive results from the Phase 3 trial for Toujeo® in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes were presented at the International Society of Pediatrics and Adolescent Diabetes 45th Annual Conference in Boston.In November, plans to initiate Phase 3 studies in dupilumab in additional Type 2 inflammatory diseases were announced, including studies in prurigo nodularis, bullous pemphigoid, chronic spontaneous urticaria and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis.Phase 2:In December, additional analysis of the ongoing Phase 2 open-label extension study of fitusiran, an RNA interference therapeutic targeting antithrombin (AT) for patients with hemophilia A and B with and without inhibitors, was shared at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in Orlando, Florida.Proof of concept was achieved for SAR439859, a selective estrogen receptor degrader (SERD), as a monotherapy in third-line metastatic breast cancer.  A pivotal study evaluating SAR439859 as a monotherapy in second and third-line metastatic breast cancer was initiated.Phase 2 results for SAR440340, Anti-IL33 in collaboration with Regeneron, in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) demonstrated reduced exacerbations in the overall study population, but the results were not statistically significant.  Sanofi and Regeneron are evaluating a potential path forward in this indication.Phase 1:Proof of concept was achieved for sutimlimab in patients with immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) without adequate response to two or more prior therapies.  These results will be presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in Orlando, Florida. ITP represents the second indication investigated for sutimlimab, an antibody molecule that could have broad utility for several complement-mediated diseases where autoantibodies attack host tissues. Collaboration      · In November, Sanofi and Aetion announced an enterprise-wide collaboration that will integrate Sanofi’s real-world data platform, DARWIN, with the Aetion Evidence Platform® to advance more efficient use of real-world evidence. About Sanofi Capital Markets DaySanofi will host a Capital Markets Day in its offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., on December 10, 2019, which will start at 9:00 am EST (2:00pm CET). The meeting will be a live webcast and can be accessed along with full copies of the presentations via the Investors Relations section of Sanofi corporate website: A replay will be available shortly after the live webcast.
1 See Appendix 3 for definition
2 Partnered with Regeneron
3 Partnered with SOBI4 Partnered with AstraZeneca
5 Partnered with Principia
6 Sanofi commits to complete ongoing studies – Sanofi will look for a partner to take over and commercialize efpeglenatide
7 Subject to completion of the appropriate social processes
8 See Appendix 4 for definition
AppendicesList of AppendicesAppendix 1: R&D PipelineNew Molecular Entities(*)
Developed in collaboration with ImmunextRegeneron product for which Sanofi has opt-in rightsDeveloped in collaboration with Revolution MedicinesDeveloped in collaboration with BioNtechDeveloped in collaboration with SangamoDeveloped in collaboration with DenaliReceptor-interacting serine/threonine-protein kinase 1Developed in collaboration with SKDeveloped  in collaboration with Immune Design/MerckDeveloped in collaboration with Lead PharmaDeveloped in collaboration with RegeneronAcid Sphingomyelinase Deficiency also known as Niemann Pick type BIdentification of out-licensing partner ongoingDeveloped in collaboration with PrincipiaAutosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney DiseaseDeveloped in collaboration with SOBIRecombinant Coagulation Factor VIII Fc – von Willebrand Factor – XTEN Fusion proteinDeveloped in collaboration with HanmiDeveloped in collaboration with AstraZenecaO : Opt-in rights products for which rights have not been exercised yet
R : Registrational Study (other than Phase 3)
(*)  Phase of projects determined by disclosure timing when relevant
(**) Partnered and/or in collaboration – Sanofi may have limited or shared rights on some of these products
mAb = monoclonal antibody; MM = Multiple Myeloma; RR = Relapsing Refractory; GCS = glucosylceramide synthase
Additional Indications(*)Developed in collaboration with RegeneronRegeneron product for which Sanofi has opt-in rightsPfizer product (palbociclib)Developed in collaboration with DenaliDeveloped in collaboration with Revolution Medicines – cobimetinib is a Genentech productPolyarticular JIA = Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic ArthritisStudies in collaboration with Genentech Inc. (atezolizumab) Transplant eligibleTransplant ineligible (*)     Phase of projects determined by disclosure timing when relevant
(**)    Partnered and/or in collaboration – Sanofi may have limited or shared rights on some of these products
 :   Opt-in rights products for which rights have not been exercised yet
 R :    Registrational Study (other than Phase 3)
COPD = chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; AML = acute myeloïd leukemia; ALL = acute lymphoblastic leukemia; MM = multiple myloma;RRMS = Relapsing / Remitting Multiple Sclerosis
Expected Submission Timeline(1)Excluding Phase 1 without POCProjects within a specified year are not arranged by submission timingDeveloped in collaboration with RegeneronAcid Sphingomyelinase DeficiencyDeveloped in collaboration with HanmiAutosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney DiseaseDeveloped in collaboration with SOBIDeveloped in collaboration with PrincipiaDeveloped in collaboration with AstraZenecaParkinson’s Disease with an associated GBA mutation (**)   Partnered and/or in collaboration – Sanofi may have limited or shared rights on some of  these productsPipeline Movements Since Q3 2019Developed in collaboration with SOBIRecombinant Coagulation Factor VIII Fc – von Willebrand Factor – XTEN Fusion protein Developed in collaboration with Denali       (**)     Partnered and/or in collaboration – Sanofi may have limited or shared rights on some of these products
Appendix 2: Expected R&D milestones
Developed in collaboration with PrincipiaDeveloped in collaboration with RegeneronAlso known as Niemann Pick type B        (**)    Partnered and/or in collaboration – Sanofi may have limited or shared rights on some of these products
         QIV: Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine; HD: High-Dose;
Appendix 3: Business Operating Income definitionBusiness Operating income (BOI)Sanofi reports segment results on the basis of “Business Operating income”.   Business Operating income is a non-GAAP financial performance indicator.  This indicator is used internally by Sanofi’s chief operating decision maker to measure the performance of each operating segment and to allocate resources. Business operating income is derived from Operating income, adjusted as follows:the amounts reported in the line items Restructuring costs and similar items, Fair value remeasurement of contingent consideration and Other gains and losses, and litigation are eliminated;amortization and impairment losses charged against intangible assets (other than software and other rights of an industrial or operational nature) are eliminated;the share of profits/losses from investments accounted for using the equity method is added;net income attributable to non-controlling interests is deducted;other acquisition-related effects (primarily the workdown of acquired inventories remeasured at fair value at the acquisition date, and the impact of acquisitions on investments accounted for using the equity method) are eliminated;restructuring costs relating to investments accounted for using the equity method are eliminated.Appendix 4: Free Cash Flow definitionFree Cash FlowFree Cash Flow is a non-GAAP financial performance indicator which is reviewed by our management, and which we believe provides useful information to measure the net cash generated from the Company’s operations that is available for strategic investments (net of divestments), for debt repayment, and for capital return to shareholders. Free cash Flow is determined from the Business Net Income adjusted for depreciation, amortization and impairment, share of profit/loss in associates and joint ventures net of dividends received, gains & losses on disposals, net change in provisions including pensions and other post-employment benefits, deferred taxes, share-based expense and other non-cash items. It comprises net changes in working capital, capital expenditures and other asset acquisitions net of disposal proceeds, and payments related to restructuring and similar items.  Free cash flow is not defined by IFRS and it is not a substitute measure for the IFRS aggregate net cash flows in operating activities.  Amount of the transaction above €500 million; Not exceeding €500 million. AttachmentPress release

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