EMA management board elects new chair

The European Medicines Agency’s management board has found a new chair in the chief executive of the Irish health authority, Lorraine Nolan. With Emer Cooke, executive director at the EMA, there are now two women guiding the European agency.

As chair of the EMA, Lorraine Nolan will have perform certain tasks in Amsterdam, where the agency is headquartered | Photo: Peter Dejong/AP/Ritzau Scanpix

The Management Board at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has named the successor to Austrian national Christa Wirthumer-Hoche, who is passing the torch after having held the chair position for two terms of three years, which rules state is the maximum.

Lorraine Nolan, who is the chief executive of the Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority and has been a member on the EMA’s board since 2016, will be in charge of the agency’s budgets going forward, a press release announced on Thursday.

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