Biogen nabs top neuroscientist, leaving vacancy atop Pfizer’s Kendall outpost

Biogen has poached Pfizer’s head of R&D in Cambridge to lead its research organization — which means that Michael Ehlers, who doubles as Pfizer’s chief scientific officer for neuroscience research, will leave the company in late May, and his former employer will have two big jobs to fill.Ehlers has handled all neuro-related research at Pfizer since 2010, but served just one year as the head of Pfizer’s BioTherapeutics hub, housed in two giant buildings in Kendall Square. His predecessor, J.C. Gutiérrez-Ramos, left to run the startup Synlogic last year, and his successor, whoever that may be, will be the third person to lead the department since it opened its doors in June 2014. Pfizer declined to provide any specifics on Ehlers’s departure, including who’s taking over either of his roles in the interim.…


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