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When biotech investor Flagship Pioneering announced that it had hired former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn, more than a few eyebrows rose.

“It would not be a good look for our industry if the person who approved the vaccine went to work for an affiliated company,” tweeted Brad Loncar, a respected investor. “That would be a TERRIBLE look for both him and Flagship,” one biotech editor tweeted.


Flagship Pioneering is the firm that spawned Moderna, the biotechnology company that developed one of the Covid-19 vaccines that Hahn’s FDA authorized last fall; Flagship Pioneering founder Noubar Afeyan still chairs Moderna’s board.

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