French pharmaceutical company Sanofi hosted its first research competition in Morocco over the weekend, ultimately awarding $7,000 in research money.
French pharmaceutical company Sanofi hosted its first diabetes research competition in Skhirat, Morocco, on Saturday. The company was founded in 1973, and it has expanded to become the fifth-largest company in the world by prescription sales, according to its website. It has a presence in 100 countries globally, and last year made over €35 billion in sales.
The competition on Saturday was named the Sanofi Prize, and it was jointly hosted by Sanofi and the Moroccan Endocrinology Diabetology and Nutrition Society (SMEDIAN).
The award was organized by the Ministry of Health, and it received submissions from 37 doctors around Morocco. All the competitors were researchers at various university hospitals in the country.
Doctor Zineb Imane, who heads the unit for Type 1 diabetes at University Hospital Center Ibn Sina in Rabat won first place, with a presentation on “Neonatal Diabetes: Epidemiological and Genetic Profiles.”
Professor Nawal El Ansari, head of the endocrinology department at Mohammed VI Medical Center in Marrakech and Dr. Nassiba El Ouaradi of the same department jointly won second place. Dr. Lahoussine Abainou of the Marrakech Military Hospital won third place.
The first prize winner received $4,000 in research funds, and Sanofi also agreed to assist in all publication of their work for the next two years. Second place received $2,000 for research, and third place received $1,000.