Cure­Vac founder back at the helm; Mer­ck ex­tends im­munomod­u­la­to­ry drug dis­cov­ery pro­gram with Sutro

Daniel Menichel­la, the CEO of Cure­Vac and the face of its re­cent en­deav­ors to de­vel­op an mR­NA vac­cine against Covid-19, is step­ping down. Founder In­g­mar Ho­err is back in charge; the tran­si­tion hap­pens just days af­ter Menichel­la at­tend­ed the high-pro­file White House coro­n­avirus R&D meet­ing along­side oth­er bio­phar­ma ex­ecs. While Ho­err thanked Menichel­la for “his lead­er­ship hav­ing built a ter­rif­ic glob­al team” and ex­tolled the pipeline that he left be­hind, no rea­son was giv­en for the sud­den de­par­ture.

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