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AstraZeneca appoints Professor Nazneen Rahman to its Board

June 2, 2017
Life sciences

AstraZeneca announced that, effective 1 June 2017, the Board has appointed Professor Nazneen Rahman as a Non-Executive Director of AstraZeneca PLC. On appointment, Professor Rahman also becomes a member of the Science Committee.

Professor Nazneen Rahman is Head of the Division of Genetics and Epidemiology at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London; Head of the Cancer Genetics Unit at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust; and Director of the TGL clinical gene testing laboratory at the ICR. She qualified in medicine from Oxford University and holds a PhD in molecular genetics, according to AstraZeneca.

Professor Rahman’s research harnesses her scientific and clinical expertise to identify and clinically implement human disease genes. She has a strong focus on cancer predisposition genes, in which she is an internationally-recognised expert and has discovered many such genes during her career, particularly for breast, ovarian and childhood cancers.

Elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2010, Professor Rahman is a member of the scientific advisory boards of Genomics plc and the Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway, as well as the advisory board of Wellcome Open Research.

Professor Rahman has a strong commitment to open science and science communication and has garnered numerous awards, including a CBE in the 2016 Queen’s birthday honours in recognition of her contribution to medical sciences.

Leif Johansson, Chairman of AstraZeneca, said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Rahman to our Board and Science Committee. She brings world-renowned expertise in genetic research with a focus on cancer, which is a strategic therapy area for our business.”

In relation to Professor Rahman’s appointment, no disclosure obligations arise under paragraphs (1) to (6) of LR 9.6.13 R of the UK Listing Authority’s Listing Rules.

Source: The Financial

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