Europe – Rasi signs off as EMA chief, Cooke to take the reins amid pandemic

Guido Rasi, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) long-serving executive director, ended his second five-year term on Friday, handing the reins to Emer Cooke, who is returning to the agency after a stint at the World Health Organization (WHO).
 
Cooke, who will be the first woman to lead the agency in its 25-year history after being nominated for the role in June, will begin her tenure at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic where her role as the EU’s top regulator will put her in the critical position of overseeing the medicines and vaccines being developed for the disease. (RELATED: EMA nominates executive director to replace RasiRegulatory Focus 25 June 2020).
 
“I hand over my responsibilities at this critical time to the capable hands of Emer Cooke, whom I have had the pleasure of working with over the years,” Rasi said. “I know Emer to be a strong leader who is committed to steering EMA during this very challenging period and ensuring that the Agency’s work on COVID-19-related activities continues uninterrupted. She will have the support of EMA’s talented and resilient staff, as well as the broader community of colleagues across the European medicines regulatory network.”…