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Jun 17, 2015

French biotechs eye U.S. for investment, markets

PARIS, June 17 (Reuters) – A group of French biotech
companies working in diabetes, cancer and other fields went on
the hunt this week for funding and market share in the United
States, the world’s biggest drugs market.

About 20 biotech firms were meeting specialised North
American investment funds, banks and financial analysts in New
York on Wednesday and Thursday. bit.ly/1MIjZty

Apr 30, 2015

Sanofi warns of lower diabetes drug sales this year

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Sanofi (SASY.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) warned revenue in its key diabetes division would fall this year after it was forced to offer discounts for its best-selling drug Lantus in the United States.

Global sales of Lantus, which accounts for almost a fifth of the company’s revenue but is due to go off-patent in the United States this year, fell 5 percent at constant currency rates to 1.58 billion euros (1 billion pounds) in the first quarter – dragging down sales of Sanofi’s biggest division, diabetes, by 3.2 percent.

Apr 30, 2015

Sanofi Q1 beats forecast despite Lantus slide, 2015 guidance maintained

PARIS, April 30 (Reuters) – Drugs firm Sanofi
maintained its guidance for stable to slightly growing 2015
profit on Thursday, as first-quarter earnings grew modestly and
beat expectations despite lower sales of main drug Lantus and
the prospect that fall will continue.

The France-based company said first-quarter business net
profit grew 1.6 percent at constant currency rates, equivalent
to 11.6 percent on a reported basis, to 1.73 billion euros ($1.9
billion) thanks to the impact of a weak euro.

Jan 30, 2015

Three months on, fruitless CEO search overshadows Sanofi

PARIS, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Barring a last-minute
breakthrough, drugs firm Sanofi’s Chairman Serge
Weinberg may have to acknowledge in his results presentation
next week that the hunt for a new chief executive is not going
well.

At least three potential candidates in a narrow field have
turned their back on the job heading France’s largest company.

Nov 18, 2014

Sanofi draws up candidate shortlist for top job -source

PARIS, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Sanofi is drawing up a
shortlist of candidates for the post of chief executive to
replace Chris Viehbacher, ousted by the board last month, a
source close to the French drugmaker told Reuters.

Sanofi’s board met earlier on Tuesday and chose director
Jean-Rene Fourtou to lead the appointments and governance
committee that will be tasked with reviewing the shortlist and
selecting the new CEO, said the source.

Nov 17, 2014

Sanofi board to meet Tuesday after sacking CEO -sources

PARIS, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Sanofi will hold a board
meeting by telephone on Tuesday from 1100 GMT to 1200 GMT, two
sources close to the French drugmaker told Reuters.

The board is set to discuss Sanofi’s situation and
governance after it summarily ousted its chief executive Chris
Viehbacher last month. Chairman Serge Weinberg has taken the
helm while the company looks for a new CEO.

Nov 2, 2014

How the wheels came off for Sanofi’s CEO

PARIS/LONDON, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Chris Viehbacher speaks
plainly. “We had somewhat of a mess in Brazil,” he told
financial analysts in August 2013, “so that’s why I decided to
change management.”

Fifteen months later he has gone the same way as the
Brazilian employees he sacked so decisively – fired as chief
executive of French drugmaker Sanofi at a dawn board
meeting, with the “mess in Brazil” cited as one of the reasons.

Oct 29, 2014

Behind the scenes of Sanofi’s boardroom bust up

PARIS (Reuters) – A boardroom tussle brewing for months at Sanofi came to a head on Wednesday when France’s top drugmaker fired its chief executive, wiping more billions off its share price.

While the showdown played out in leaks to national newspapers has stunned investors as a “how not to do it” guide to corporate governance, the writing was on the wall in the deteriorating relationship between Chairman Serge Weinberg and CEO Chris Viehbacher.

Oct 29, 2014

French drugmaker Sanofi sacks CEO Viehbacher

PARIS (Reuters) – Sanofi’s board ousted its chief executive of six years at a special meeting on Wednesday, two days after it emerged he had fallen out with the French drugmaker’s chairman, wiping more billions off its market value.

The management turmoil comes at a particularly awkward time for France’s second-biggest listed company, after it warned on Tuesday that growth in its key diabetes business would likely stall next year.

Oct 29, 2014

Sanofi board ousts CEO Viehbacher

PARIS (Reuters) – Sanofi’s (SASY.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) board ousted its chief executive of six years at a special meeting on Wednesday, two days after it emerged he had fallen out with the French drugmaker’s chairman, wiping more billions off its market value.

The board said Sanofi would continue the strategy of international expansion it had pursued under Chris Viehbacher, blaming his dismissal on poor relations between the CEO and the board.

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