Dr Christopher Berry recently worked on R&D Transactions within Sanofi R&D, where he was responsible for building research collaborations (ranging from material transfer agreements through to multi-scaffold drug discovery deals) in the areas of anti-infectives, biologics, and regenerative medicine, as well as for the Asia-Pacific Therapeutic Unit. In addition he was also responsible for opportunity scouting in the UK across all therapeutic areas. He had over 14 years experience in research alliance building and alliance management. He was previously Head of Thrombosis and Haematology in Synthélabo Recherche (one of Sanofi’s predecessor companies), which was the culmination of 16 years in discovery research which began in 1984 when he joined Synthélabo’s Pain and Inflammation group, after a brief flirtation with academic research. He obtained his PhD in Pharmacology at King’s College, London in 1981, and an MBA at the Open Business School in 2003.