Richard Austin

Commercialization Partner
Richard Austin

Richard oversees operational aspects of Sanofi’s Tucson pharmaceutical discovery programs. A member of the site leadership team, his areas of responsibility include spend forecasting/management, laboratory equipment maintenance and consumable procurement. He serves as Sanofi’s liaison to non-Tucson R&D business functions. He distributes Sanofi sponsorships for Tucson STEM education initiatives ranging from primary school through the collegiate level, facilitates a robust intern program, and is co-founder of the annual Student-Industry Networking Event that brings together Tucson life sciences companies with local students to create employment and internship opportunities. Richard is a member of Desert Angels, a union of accredited investors that provides seed funding to southwest regional companies, many emanating from technologies discovered at the University of Arizona. He serves as board treasurer for Amistad y Salud, a not-for-profit organization that operates a free health clinic in Tucson. After post-doctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley, Richard was a medicinal chemist for GlaxoSmithKline in Research Triangle Park, NC. He moved to Tucson in 1997 to work for Sanofi. Richard holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA in Pharmaceutical Management from Drexel University.