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Sanofi iAwards Program Request for Pre-Proposals

We all know the story of how young Isaac Newton was peacefully sitting in his garden when an apple fell on his head, inspiring him to come up with his theory of gravity. Or of Archimedes stepping into a bathtub, noticing the water level rise, and exclaiming "Eureka!" as he immediately understood how to measure the volume of irregular objects.

For most modern scientists, however, the time it takes between the lightbulb suddenly turning on and the full realization of a brilliant insight is a bit longer. Laboratory discoveries don't become new medicines or treatments overnight.

The Sanofi iAwards program, a new multi-institutional initiative launched in June, seeks to accelerate this process of translational research for our faculty. As part of this exciting collaboration between academia and industry, the biopharma company Sanofi will support early-stage applied research projects at Weill Cornell, as well as at Columbia, Johns Hopkins, the University of Pennsylvania, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the University of Texas. A key objective of the program is to spur innovation and the development of new therapies by building strong relationships between our principal investigators and Sanofi.

The deadline for submission of the iAwards pre-proposal is September 4, 2015. Weill Cornell's participation in the Sanofi iAwards program was negotiated by our Office of BioPharma Alliances and Research Collaborations, which proactively generates, structures and negotiates translational research alliances with industry in order to advance promising research projects with commercial potential. If you would like to participate in the Sanofi iAwards Program or would like to learn more about research alliances and opportunities to collaborate with industry, contact Larry Schlossman at las2041@med.cornell.edu

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Sanofi iAwards Launch on June 10, with Philip Larsen, PhD, Global Head of Diabetes R&D at Sanofi (center) and Lewis Cantley, PhD, the Meyer Director of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell (right)

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