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The Latest Pharma Jobs, News and Events today | 06 October 2015

New Head of Cancer Therapeutics sets sights on cancers of unmet need

Dr Rajesh Chopra, a global leader in the development of molecularly targeted cancer drugs, will be joining The Institute of Cancer Research, London, to spearhead its world-leading work in cancer therapeutics.

Dr Chopra plans to build upon the ICR’s international reputation for drug discovery by driving new advances in cancers of unmet need.

At the ICR, he will be Head of the Division of Cancer Therapeutics and Director of the Cancer Research UK Cancer Therapeutics Unit. He will also lead the Translational Cancer Discovery Team, and will hold an ICR Professorship and an honorary position atThe Royal Marsden....

Dr Chopra is a hugely experienced scientific and clinical leader who has developed molecularly targeted therapies in both industry and academic settings. He has expertise not only in small-molecule drugs but also in biological agents and immunotherapy.

Dr Chopra said: “I’m excited to be joining such a world-renowned centre for drug discovery and innovation. I’m looking forward to applying my expertise to help open up new approaches to treatment at the ICR, and to playing a part in strengthening the ICR’s relationship with The Royal Marsden, in order to take even more novel treatments into the clinic.

“I aim to foster an entrepreneurial and thoughtful culture that will help in identifying new approaches for treating cancers – especially where there is unmet need – while training and mentoring the ‘drug hunters’ of the future.”

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