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Laurent Audoly, CEO and president of Kymera Therapeutics, left the Cambridge, Mass., biotech late last month, just weeks after the startup signed a $70 million business deal with Vertex Pharmaceuticals, company executives said Monday.

A news release issued by the privately held company said Audoly “has decided to pursue new entrepreneurial opportunities” but did not elaborate. He has been temporarily succeeded by Nello Mainolfi, a cofounder and the chief scientific officer of the firm.

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