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Novartis replaces top scientists at Avexis unit over drug data manipulation

The Swiss drugmaker said last week that it was in the process of 'exiting' the Avexis scientists responsible for the manipulation of data on gene therapy Zolgensma

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Novartis AG said on Wednesday it replaced the two top research and development executives at its Avexis unit after some data was manipulated from early testing of a gene therapy for infants that costs more than $2 million. Avexis' Chief Scientific Officer Brian Kaspar and Senior Vice President of Research and Development Allan Kaspar have not been involved in any operations at Avexis since early May 2019, Novartis said in a statement. The Kaspars are brothers. Brian Kaspar was a founder and key executive at Avexis and made more than $380 million from the company's 2018 ...

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First Published: Thu, August 15 2019. 12:41 IST