Astel­las taps sea­soned CMO amid shift to on­col­o­gy; Doug Man­ion steps in­to a new Are­na fol­low­ing $6.7B buy­out

As Bern­hardt Zei­her re­tires from Astel­las’ chief med­ical of­fi­cer po­si­tion, the se­lec­tion of his suc­ces­sor says a lot about the changes he’s seen at the com­pa­ny over his 12-year tenure.

Tadaa­ki Taniguchi, the new CMO, is a sur­geon in on­col­o­gy by train­ing who’s led de­vel­op­ment for Mer­ck, Bris­tol My­ers Squibb and As­traZeneca in Japan be­fore mov­ing to the US, where he will be based. His most re­cent role at As­traZeneca was SVP, head of on­col­o­gy busi­ness unit Asia strat­e­gy.

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