Biogen vet tapped as CIO of Harvard Med School

Harvard Medical School has named Rainer Fuchs as the prestigious institution's chief information officer, a post that Dr. John Halamka had recently vacated, FierceBiotech IT has confirmed after learning of the news on Twitter last week. Fuchs comes to Harvard from biotech powerhouse Biogen Idec ($BIIB), where he most recently served as vice president of R&D information technology, according to his LinkedIn profile. He was also known for heading the drugmaker's former startup incubator, the Biogen Idec Innovation Incubator, which didn't survive the change in research strategy championed by CEO George Scangos. Fuchs should have plenty of nascent research projects to support at Harvard's medical school, which has been a wellspring of biotech inventions for decades. He starts his new job on June 18, a Harvard spokeswoman told me via email, and I plan to interview him soon about the important gig.

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