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Daiichi Sankyo Announces New Global Head of Development

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September 06, 2016

Edison, NJ (September 6, 2016) Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. today announced the appointment of Marielle Cohard-Radice, MD as Executive Vice President, Global Head of Development, effective September 2, 2016. 

In her new role, Dr. Cohard-Radice will report to Glenn Gormley, MD, PhD, Senior Executive Officer and Global Head, Research & Development, Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. and Chairman of the Board and President, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., and will have responsibility for the development strategy and portfolio planning for the Cardiovascular-Metabolism and Internal Medicine therapeutic areas. Global Oncology research and development will continue to be led by Antoine Yver, MD, MSc, who was appointed Executive Vice President earlier this year. Marielle's team will be responsible for supporting the oncology clinical development group. 

"Dr. Cohard-Radice brings more than 25 years of experience and success in the global development of medicines," said Dr. Gormley. "Marielle is a proven leader who simultaneously drives accountability and collaboration across global teams, always with a keen focus on the needs of patients."

"I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead our development organization into the future," said Dr. Cohard-Radice. "Our global Five-Year Business Plan is aggressive and achievable and I am confident that we will deliver on the commitment we make each day to patients."

The former Global Head of Development, Mahmoud Ghazzi, MD, PhD, has decided to leave Daiichi Sankyo. "Dr. Ghazzi's contributions at Daiichi Sankyo are most appreciated and we wish him all the best in his new endeavors," Dr. Gormley said.

Prior to her promotion, Marielle Cohard-Radice was Vice President of Clinical Development Operations at Daiichi Sankyo Pharma Development, a position she held since 2012. In her role she was responsible for providing the strategy and oversight of clinical operations, medical writing and quality management functions. Marielle concurrently served as Managing Director of European Development for Daiichi Sankyo since December 2015.

Before joining Daiichi Sankyo Pharma Development, Marielle held positions at Aptalis Pharma, Axcan Pharma, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Schering Plough Research Institute. During her tenure at these organizations she built in-depth expertise in global leadership, strategic decision-making for clinical development and operations, medical affairs and drug safety in multiple therapeutic areas. Prior to working in the pharmaceutical industry, Marielle was an Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology at Michallon Hospital, Grenoble, France and spent two years as a Visiting Scientist at the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute at the New York Blood Center.

Marielle earned her M.D. from the Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble I), specializing in gastroenterology. She also holds a diploma in Medical Applications of Statistics from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI).

About Daiichi Sankyo

Daiichi Sankyo Group is dedicated to the creation and supply of innovative pharmaceutical products to address diversified, unmet medical needs of patients in both mature and emerging markets. With over 100 years of scientific expertise and a presence in more than 20 countries, Daiichi Sankyo and its 16,000 employees around the world draw upon a rich legacy of innovation and a robust pipeline of promising new medicines to help people. In addition to a strong portfolio of medicines for hypertension and thrombotic disorders, under the Group's 2025 Vision to become a "Global Pharma Innovator with a Competitive Advantage in Oncology," Daiichi Sankyo research and development is primarily focused on bringing forth novel therapies in oncology, including immuno-oncology, with additional focus on new horizon areas, such as pain management, neurodegenerative diseases, heart and kidney diseases, and other rare diseases. For more information, please visit:  Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, is a member of the Daiichi Sankyo Group. To learn more about Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., please visit

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