Ex-Sanofi Partnering Chief Wants AI Start-Up Owkin To Be Industry Leader
Alban de La Sablière Has Ambitious Plans
Having led $30bn of acquisitions of companies at Sanofi, the new challenge for its former global head of partnering is to help make Owkin, “the most disruptive AI biotech company in the world,” he tells Scrip.
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In this week's podcast edition of Five Must-Know Things: Pfizer takes on AstraZeneca and Merck & Co in prostate cancer; AstraZeneca’s gene therapy acquisition; ex-Sanofi partnering head joins AI start-up; Shionogi and Medicines Patent Pool strike deal for oral COVID antiviral; and Intercept sticks with NASH plans despite missed endpoint.
Deal Snapshot: Following its January AI discovery alliance with Exscientia, Sanofi will employ Atomwise’s platform technology against five undisclosed drug targets.