If anything, you'd think her leaving was a good thing. As you'll recall, the company kind of bungled its presentation of data of its hepatitis C drug ACH-1625 at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver. Who knows whether it was really Olek's fault, but the buck stops with the chief medical officer.
The company didn't say the reason she was leaving, but this could certainly be a situation of an executive quitting to avoid being let go. Milind Deshpande, current president of research and development and chief scientific officer, will take over clinical trial operations for the company's hepatitis C program.
If Achillion is better off with Olek -- or at least not any worse off -- then why did the stock fall? My guess is investors hoping for a buyout came to a realization that it isn't going to happen anytime soon.
Since Gilead Sciences
If a buyout was imminent, there'd be no reason for Olek and Achillion to part company. Achillion wouldn't need to demand her resignation, if that's what happened, and Olek certainly wouldn't want to leave, potentially giving up stock options and other incentives that might vest upon an acquisition.
The moral of the story here is that investors shouldn't buy in hopes of a buyout. Sure Vertex Pharmaceuticals
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