Head of Office, External Innovation Operations | Strategy, Science Policy and External Innovation at Sanofi + more
Vijayalaksmi (Viju) Agnani joined Sanofi as Head of Office, External Operations in Feb 2015.She joined Sanofi after an 8 year career in the research division at Merck and Co. Most recently, Viju was Manager, Strategic Operations where she managed a number of external research alliances at Merck Research Labs, which included working with biotechnology companies, CROs and premier academic institutions around the world. As Partner Relationship Manager she led all day-to-day operational and tactical aspects of the partnerships. While in this role, she spearheaded the launch of the Merck Innovation Network initiative, a first of its kind Open Innovation effort at Merck. Prior to that, she was a biologist at the Cardiovascular Diseases and In Vitro Pharmacology groups at Merck where she led biochemistry and biophysics research supporting Merck’s Cardiovascular portfolio.