Merck KGaA rearranges its executive board amid biosimilar surge

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Merck KGaA rearranges its executive board amid biosimilar surge

In an executive shuffle, Merck KGaA announced that Stefan Oschmann was promoted to deputy CEO and vice chairman of the executive board, while Belén Garijo was bumped up to the executive board, taking charge of the pharma business. Fresh from writing off one of its top late-stage programs, Merck KGaA stepped up with a revised comeback plan, detailing plans to invest about $500 million in a late-stage effort to develop new biosimilars while scouting for a major-league partner to come in on its PD-L1 immuno-oncology program. More

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Belén Garijo joined the executive board.

Christophe Bianchi will head the Millennium oncology unit.


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