Emergent BioSolutions Founder Fuad El-Hibri Dies Weeks After Retirement Published: May 02, 2022 By Alex Keown Fuad El-Hibri/Courtesy of The Washington Post/Getty Images Weeks after stepping down from his role as executive chairman of Emergent BioSolutions, company founder and former chief executive officer Fuad El-Hibri has died. In a brief statement issued by Maryland-based Emergent, El-Hibri died at home last week died at his home, surrounded by family. No cause of death was provided by the company, however, The New York Times reported that the cause of death was related to pancreatic cancer. El-Hibri was 64. El-Hibri stepped down from his role as executive chairman on April 1. He initially announced his decision at the beginning of the year. “Creating and leading Emergent has been the honor of my life, and it would not have been possible without the help of our incredible team,” El-Hibri said in a statement when he announced his retirement. “I want to thank everyone at Emergent, past and present, for helping advance our inspiring mission over the past two decades. I could never have imagined the number of lives we would impact, and I will forever be proud of our accomplishments. Emergent is on track…
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