José Baselga, acclaimed drug hunter, physician and AstraZeneca's pioneering cancer R&D chief, has died
José Baselga, the brilliant oncology R&D chief at AstraZeneca and a towering figure in cancer drug development who had earlier been chief medical officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering, has died at the age of 61.
Baselga succumbed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rapidly progressive and lethal neurodegenerative disease closely associated with mad cow disease that is triggered in about 1 in every million people.
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