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Ivan Richards


Sirna Therapeutics said this week that it has appointed Ivan Richards as senior director of pharmacology.

Richards joins Sirna from Pfizer, where he was responsible for preclinical drug discovery activities, including pharmacology, drug metabolism, and toxicology. He received a PhD in pharmacology from the Royal College of Surgeons and has published numerous scientific papers, said Sirna.

“As Sirna moves forward in selecting specific lead RNAi compounds, Ivan’s valuable drug discovery and development experience will help drive the advancement of these product candidates toward clinical trials,” Sirna president and CEO Howard Robin in a statement.

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