Captured in a harsh spotlight, biotech unicorn Moderna names Melissa Moore as its new CSO
As Moderna Therapeutics drew a harsh review from Stat, portrayed as a company in turmoil with an often embittered staff, the biotech unicorn named Howard Hughes investigator and University of Massachusetts Medical School Professor Melissa J. Moore as its new CSO, now in command of its full mRNA development platform.
Moore was plucked from the company’s scientific advisory group at a crucial stage in Moderna’s development. The biotech has raised $1.9 billion so far — a huge amount by biotech standards — establishing a broad ranging preclinical effort to use patient cells as drug factories. That effort has now led to 11 development programs and a slate of new therapies waiting to enter the clinic.
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