Spotlight On... Sanofi poaches Novartis exec Nathwani as new CMO; Epizyme CEO maps 5-year plan; CRISPR recruits a CFO; and more...

New Sanofi ($SNY) CEO Olivier Brandicourt is assembling his top team. The pharma giant announced that Novartis ($NVS) vet Ameet Nathwani has been named EVP and group chief medical officer, earning a seat on the executive committee. Nathwani is taking the place of Paul Chew, who's retiring later in the year. Sanofi has been setting the stage for a reorganization. Release

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> Epizyme ($EPZM) CEO Robert Bazemore mapped out a 5-year plan for the company, including the development of tazemetostat. Release

> CRISPR Therapeutics has named Marc Becker as its new CFO. He had been the CFO at rEVO Biologics. Release

> Germany's Evotec achieved a preclinical milestone for the work it's doing for Padlock Therapeutics. Release

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Pharma News

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> Valeant settles the R&O lawsuit that touched off its specialty pharmacy woes. Report

CRO News

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Pharma Manufacturing News

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> Bain-backed compounder QuVa gets slapped by FDA for plant failings. Article

> Pfizer expanding API plant in Australia. Item

Pharma Asia News

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> Carlyle-backed Meinian Onehealth snaps up Ciming for $415M. Story

> China FDA approves Roche's cervical test CINtec. More

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