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This October, thousands of Canadian Muslims will be embarking on one of the greatest religious observances in Islam, the Hajj and Umrah. Requiring months of mental, physical and spiritual preparation, pilgrims need to also remember the medical preparation required to start this journey.

Following the Hajj in April 2000, an outbreak of meningitis occurred in Saudi Arabia infecting 225 people and taking the lives of 57. Since then, vaccination against meningococcal meningitis with a quadrivalent vaccine such as MENACTRA® to protect against serogroups A, C, Y and W135 has been mandatory for all pilgrims over the age of two making the journey to the Saudi Arabia.



After the recent success of the Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC), President of Sanofi Pasteur Canada, Mark Lievonen, shared his thoughts on the potential of our youth to change the world in an op-ed piece published in the Vancouver Sun.

Click here to read Mark’s article, “Sowing the Seeds of Curiosity to Grow Canada's Bio-Economy.”


An Ontario student, 16, who invented a disease-fighting, anti-aging compound using nano-particles from trees, won top national honours at the 2012 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC).

Janelle Tam’s super anti-oxidant compound acts like a “nano-vaccuum” and could one day help improve health and anti-aging products by better neutralizing harmful free-radicals in the body. Her research is detailed online at

Thirteen brilliant students, all just 16 to 18 years old, took part in the national finals.  They were top prize winners of nine regional SBCC competitions conducted nationwide in March and April, events that showcased youthful Canadian talent in the fast-growing field of biotech science.

The theme of the competition, “How will you change the world?” inspired hundreds of students to participate in 2012 SBCC events Canada-wide.

Click here to learn more about these brilliant students and their work.



Sanofi Pasteur has invested $1.3 million in a "condensing economizer". The cutting-edge equipment converts waste heat into energy and promises to reduce the site's carbon dioxide emissions by more than 2,300 tonnes per year.

Enbridge Gas Distribution, Canada's largest natural gas distribution utility, was proud to partner with Sanofi Pasteur on this initiative. "Through its leadership, Sanofi Pasteur is proving that energy efficiency measures can make not only environmental sense, but business sense by saving money as well," said Andrew Mandyam who manages energy efficiency programs at Enbridge Gas Distribution.

Through Enbridge's energy efficiency Industrial Demand Side Management Program, Sanofi Pasteur received a financial incentive grant of $200,000 toward the implementation of this efficiency measure.

Click here to learn more about this initiative.


Innovative research by two 17-year-old Toronto students that could lead to better testing of anti-depressant and anti-anxiety drugs has earned top prize in the Greater Toronto Area competition of the “2012 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC)”. The SBCC is a biotechnology research competition that encourages students to pursue future studies and careers in the exciting field of biotechnology.

Mark Lievonen, president of Sanofi Pasteur Limited who presented the first place award said: “The students in this competition represent some of the brightest young scientists in Canada and I congratulate them all on their outstanding achievements. Initiatives like these are key in encouraging youth to consider science as a career path and in fostering new talent in the life sciences sector in Canada.”

Click here to learn about the other prize winning scientific discoveries made by SBCC students.