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Despite the Hawaiian print shirt, Steven Holtzman said retirement has not suited him well — which is why the biotech vet will announce Wednesday that he is taking the helm of Cambridge, Mass., hearing loss startup Decibel Therapeutics.

Decibel’s new CEO is a recent Biogen alum, who also founded Infinity Pharmaceuticals and led the business development team at Millennium Pharmaceuticals.


Armed with a boatload of cash — Decibel raised $52 million in October from Third Rock and GlaxoSmithKline’s venture arm — Holtzman plans to lead the company’s efforts to delve into the molecular pathophysiology of hearing loss and develop new drugs.

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