Irishwoman takes over EMA Executive Director position

Irishwoman Emer Cooke officially took up office as the executive director of the European Medicines Agency on Monday, and much is expected of her after 10 years with her predecessor Guido Rasi. A woman on the post and a modernized management style will take the EMA to a new era, according to some.

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Monday marked the beginning of an era for the European Medicines Agency (EMA)when Irishwoman Emer Cooke officially takes up the position of executive director the the organization.

Following ten years under the leadership of Emer's predecessor, the Italian Guido Rasi, who has received criticism for his conservative and patriarchal management style, a woman at the steering wheel is a breath of fresh air to the EMA, and she is surrounded by great expectations.

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