Novartis' Kymriah head jumps ship to T-cell biotech Atara as its R&D chief quits

fiercebiotech | May 29, 2019

Novartis has lost its head of oncology and lead for its global head, cell and gene therapy unit Pascal Touchon as he steps up to become CEO and president of California biotech Atara Biotherapeutics.
This almost directly echoes the departure of Usman Oz Azam, who a few years back left Novartis to helm a T-cell biotech-in this case, Tmunity-also leaving his position as the Swiss Big Pharma’s cell and gene therapy unit lead.Buried at the end of the release was the news that Dietmar Berger, Atara’s global head of R&D, has resigned from the company. No further details were given except to say he has gone off to “pursue other opportunities.”

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