Asia Executives On The Move: Senior Changes At Biogen, Amicus, PhRMA In Japan, Ascletis and Lupin
The coming of autumn ushers in a flurry of executive changes. Biogen has a new R&D head for Japan while Amicus Japan has a new president, and other executive changes take place at Ascletis, Lupin and industry trade groups PhRMA and IPA.
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