WASHINGTON – Howard University has announced a partnership with Sanofi for 10 new postgraduate scholarships in the College of Pharmacy for students pursuing PharmD degrees. Upon successful completion of the program, Sanofi’s goal is to hire fellows for permanent full-time employment with the company, it is the first time an industry partner of the college has committed to post-fellowship employment.
Earl B. EttienneMBA, LP.D., RPh., the College of Pharmacy’s director of graduate programs and industrial partnerships, said the partnership reflects the college’s continued commitment to address real-world challenges with innovative solutions. “We pride ourselves on developing outstanding men and women who are ready to contribute on day one and applaud Sanofi for their bold effort to create the next generation of leaders and researchers in the biopharma space,” he said.
The Sanofi two-year fellowship program is part of the pharmaceutical company’s ongoing efforts to address inequalities in underrepresented communities. Launching in the second half of 2022, the Sanofi program will give the 10 PharmD graduates the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning experiences in multiple research and development areas, including oncology, rare diseases, neurology, immunology, regulatory, pharmacovigilance and clinical operations, as well as medical, public policy, and patient advocacy in the US.
Sanofi said its employees represent the diversity of its patients, customers and partners, which helps build a better understanding of needs and forge stronger bonds. For example, by facilitating greater participation of diverse populations in clinical trials, Sanofi aims to help improve social justice and human health.
“At Sanofi, we recognize that diversity in the workplace strongly correlates with creativity, successful problem solving and visionary innovation,” said John Reed, MD, Ph.D, head of research and development at Sanofi. “This partnership with Howard University gives us the opportunity to nurture the next generation of scientists from historically underrepresented communities. We look forward to working with the fellows as they begin their training and become Sanofi team members who will undoubtedly contribute to groundbreaking innovations as we bring the next generation of life-saving medicines to patients worldwide.”
With these beliefs and ambitions, the company said it was honored to enter into this partnership with the College of Pharmacy. The company said the fellows’ contributions would help bolster Sanofi’s mission, its diverse top talent pipeline, and enable black scientists to pursue STEM research in the future.
“We look forward to partnering with Sanofi, a global leader in healthcare innovation, and launching this unique fellowship program. Howard University is one of the largest producers of African American students earning doctorates in science, technology, engineering and natural sciences,” said Howard University Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Anthony K. Wutoho, Ph.D., R.Ph. “The Sanofi scholarship enables promising graduates to gain on-the-job experience while contributing to a field that has historically overlooked and undervalued people of color.”
Sanofi’s fellowship program with College Pharmacy is part of the company’s Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DE&I) strategy, which sets new goals in June 2021 to be achieved by 2025. The strategy is built around three key pillars: building representative leadership, creating a work environment where employees can bring their entire lives, and interact with the company’s diverse communities. Earlier this year, Sanofi took additional steps forward in its DE&I strategy by introducing a DE&I board, participating in the Novartis Beacon of Hope program and promoting the establishment of a global employee resource group framework.
About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university made up of 14 schools and colleges. Students take more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The university is committed to excellence in truth and service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows, and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard is also producing more African American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information about Howard University, visit: www.howard.edu.
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