Trailblazer Sandra Horning Is Helping Companies Break New Ground
Roche’s former chief medical officer has new career as board member to three companies, including COVID-19 vaccine pioneer Moderna, and is co-founder of a startup seeking to develop more affordable drugs. She helped pave the way for FDA’s breakthrough therapy designation and diversification of Genentech’s clinical trials.
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