Merck Vaccines Unit To Be Headed By U.S. Human Health President McGlynn
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
Margaret McGlynn will succeed Adel Mahmoud in overseeing four launches planned for 2005-2006, including HPV vaccine Gardasil.
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