- Appointment is a First for a Top 10 Biopharmaceutical Company -
PARIS, March 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) today announced the appointment of Anne C. Beal, M.D., MPH, to the newly created position of Chief Patient Officer.
« The appointment of a Chief Patient Officer at Sanofi, the first for a top 10 biopharmaceutical company, shows our commitment to go further in meeting the needs of patients », said Pascale Witz, Executive Vice President, Global Divisions and Strategic Development at Sanofi. « Interactions with patients are a source of strength for the company and Dr. Beal's appointment will help ensure the patient perspective advances our approach to meeting the unmet needs of patients ».
Dr. Beal's responsibility will be to further elevate the perspective of the patient within Sanofi so the company's future healthcare offerings can better incorporate the unique priorities and needs of patients and caregivers in a variety of Sanofi activities, ranging from early stage R&D through to on-market availability of novel healthcare solutions.
« I am incredibly honored to join Sanofi as the first Chief Patient Officer», said Dr. Anne C. Beal, M.D., MPH, Chief Patient Officer at Sanofi. « I will use my experience as a physician, researcher, philanthropic leader, and advocate for patient access to high quality care to infuse the patient perspective into Sanofi's work that will advance our ability to deliver health care solutions that matter most to patients and those who care for them ».
Anne C. Beal, M.D., MPH Biography
Dr. Beal is a pediatrician and public health specialist who has devoted her career to providing access to high-quality health care. She joins Sanofi from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the United States' largest research institute focused on patient-centered outcomes research. As PCORI's Deputy Executive Director, and its first Chief Officer for Engagement, she was charged with ensuring that the voices and priorities of patients and other stakeholders were reflected in the Institute's research portfolio.
Prior to her tenure with PCORI, Dr. Beal was president of the Aetna Foundation, the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. As President, she led the Foundation's work on improving health care in the United States, particularly for vulnerable patient groups. Dr. Beal holds a B.A. from Brown University, an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and an M.P.H. from Columbia University.
Sanofi, a global healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients' needs. Sanofi has core strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth platforms: diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging markets, animal health and the new Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).
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