STAT+: Pharmalittle: Biogen R&D chief retiring amid controversy over Alzheimer’s drug; Pfizer strikes deal for generic versions of its Covid pill

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Al Sandrock, the top scientist at Biogen (BIIB) and the face of its years-long campaign to develop a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, is leaving the company after more than two decades, STAT reports. The surprise departure leaves a void in the upper ranks and comes as Biogen faces a worsening business outlook. The company is saddled with a string of setbacks to its research pipeline and is being forced to defend its scientific integrity after the approval of the polarizing Alzheimer’s treatment Aduhelm. Priya Singhal, Biogen’s senior vice president of global safety and regulatory sciences, will replace him on an interim basis.

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