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Vectura poaches key AZ respiratory exec to replace departing CEO

What's in the water at AstraZeneca? Maybe it's an elixir for top managers who want to run a smaller drugmaker. Maybe it's an anti-Big Pharma potion. Either way, it means a second high-level exec has left the U.K.-based drugmaker for a CEO post elsewhere.

Pharma in India shakes up executive ranks at Ranbaxy, Cipla, others

A slew of senior executives at the Ranbaxy unit of India's Sun Pharmaceutical and Cipla are likely polishing up their Linkedin profiles and calling head hunters as something of a cull sweeps through management ranks at those companies and wider, highlighting deep changes in the industry.

Ex-AstraZeneca R&D chief Morrison takes helm of Syndax Pharmaceuticals

Welcome to this week's Chutes and Ladders, our roundup of hirings and retirings throughout the industry. Please send the good word--or the bad--from your shop to Eric Sagonowsky (email) or...

Zoetis to cut 165 workers from NJ headquarters as downsizing gets underway

One month after cutting its sales estimates for this year and announcing a major cost-cutting plan, Zoetis is pulling out the pink sheets at its global headquarters in Florham Park, NJ. The company plans to cut 165 jobs there, according to a notice filed with the state. The cuts will be made by the end of 2016.

AstraZeneca R&D chief Morrison makes unexpected exit

Welcome to this week's Chutes and Ladders, our roundup of hirings and retirings throughout the industry. Please send the good word--or the bad--from your shop to Eric Sagonowsky (email) or...

UPDATED: AstraZeneca R&D chief Briggs Morrison makes an unexpected exit

Briggs Morrison, the executive vice president for R&D at AstraZeneca and a major player in the pharma company's turnaround attempt over the past three years, is leaving the pharma giant, FierceBiotech has learned.

10X Genomics poaches David Jaffe from the Broad Institute

10X Genomics has lured David Jaffe away from the Broad Institute. Jaffe spent 15 years at Broad, during which time he developed methods for genome assembly and variant analysis.

Big data tells J&J that recent grads are more loyal than experienced hires

The "people analytics team" at drugmaker Johnson & Johnson used big data analysis techniques on employees to figure out whether hiring people with experience pays off better than picking up kids right out of college. The result is good news for all of those MBA still beating the bushes for a job.

Regulus CEO Xanthopoulos' abrupt exit alarms investors

Welcome to this week's Chutes and Ladders, our roundup of hirings and retirings throughout the industry. Please send the good word--or the bad--from your shop to Eric Sagonowsky (email) or...

Fresh off Novartis consumer deal, GSK slices off 350 workers to hit cost-squeezing targets

Now that it's teamed up with Novartis' consumer health unit to form an industry-leading joint venture, GlaxoSmithKline's OTC business is bigger than ever. But its payroll is about to get smaller, with 350 layoffs hitting the operation.
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