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People in the News: Jun 9, 2011


Alnylam Pharmaceuticals this week announced that CSO Kenneth Koblan is leaving the company.

According to Alnylam CEO John Maraganore, Koblan has “decided to return to big pharma … for personal reasons.”

Koblan held various positions at Merck Research Laboratories before joining Alnylam in November last year. Before that, the company had been without a CSO since John Schmidt left in August 2009.

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