Drawing Shire parallel, Flemming Ørnskov mulls IPO for Galderma; Reistone shows results from eczema study with JAK1 blocker
Two years ago, Flemming Ørnskov took up a new challenge as CEO of Galderma with the expectation he would work the magic like he did with Shire — culminating in the rare disease biotech’s $62 billion sale to Takeda — with the pure-play dermatology outfit freshly spun out of Nestlé.
Now that the ship is steady, he’s seemingly setting his sights on an IPO.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Ørnskov said he’s accelerating research spending while recruiting more dermatologists and medical specialists to the company. The strategy, he added, is similar to Shire’s in the sense that he would double down on the science and shift to cutting-edge, high-risk products that can command high prices — even as Galderma continues to bring in revenue through its consumer aesthetic and skin care products such as Cetaphil moisturizers.
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