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Former Teva CEO Levin returns to biopharma as chairman of upstart Ovid Therapeutics

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Baxter pays execs more than $8.5M to stick it out through pharma spinoff

Baxter chief Robert Parkinson--who makes a perennial appearance on the list of the top-paid helmsman in biopharma--is in prime position to return this year, despite a drop in his overall compensation. But as for his colleagues gearing up to help biopharma spinoff Baxalta break free, they're in line for some pay bumps--assuming they stick around after the split.

The $600 million man: Gilead CEO's stock gains push compensation way past estimates

Year by year, drugmakers disclose the compensation they hand out to top executives. But the year-by-year numbers don't tell the full story. As Reuters notes, CEOs have reaped payoffs much bigger than proxy filings estimate, as long-term share awards meet big stock gains.

UPDATED: GlaxoSmithKline tags 180 sales-and-admin jobs for cutting in NC

Last year, GlaxoSmithKline announced plans to slim down its Research Triangle Park, NC-based operations, chopping 900 jobs. Now, it's telling state officials that almost 200 workers are heading for the door.

Regeneron chief nabs $42M, but he'll have to pay his own club fees this year

Regeneron chief Len Schleifer has topped the ranks of biopharma's highest-paid skippers for the past couple of years now, and though his salary may be rising still, being CEO doesn't quite come with all the perks it used to.

UPDATED: Daiichi Sankyo starts layoff drive with 16% cuts at HQ

Times have been tough for Daiichi Sankyo, and they're about to get tougher for some of the Japanese company's U.S. staffers. The drugmaker is cutting its headquarters staff by 16% on Monday, with more layoffs expected in mid-April.

AbbVie CEO pads $16M paycheck with $500K in jet travel

For the first couple of years after AbbVie's debut as an independent pharma company, its CEO, Richard Gonzalez, didn't quite follow in Abbott Laboratories CEO Miles White's footsteps compensation-wise, collecting a mere $8 million in 2012 pay. But for 2014, Gonzalez's total compensation amounted to $22 million, according to AbbVie's proxy statement.

Tal Zaks lands at Moderna as CMO

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Merck KGaA to tap Oschmann as new CEO, sources report

Merck KGaA is the latest company to join Big Pharma's recent round of executive musical chairs. The German drugmaker is promoting deputy chief executive Stefan Oschmann to replace current CEO Karl-Ludwig Kley as the company's top dog.

Departed Salix execs score $47M with Valeant buyout

Valeant wasn't the only one that scored a win when Salix Pharmaceuticals agreed to its $173-per-share buyout offer. Two former Salix execs--who left the company recently amid inventory issues--will make a pretty penny on the deal as well.