Merck Serono Has Named Dr. John Orloff as Head of Global Clinical Development


Our friend and colleague Dr. John Orloff has joined Merck Serono as Head of Global Clinical Development. We wish him success in his new position.


At Merck Serono, Dr. Orloff will lead the design and execution of global clinical development programs and projects, driving quality execution of the projects after proof-of-concept (POC). John will also oversee pipeline management and development, working collaboratively with the research teams, commercial partners and Medical Affairs to drive the efficient development of Merck’s portfolio.


Dr. Orloff comes from Novartis Pharma AG, where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, responsible for leading all processes within Global Development as well as ensuring quality control and regulatory compliance, and driving innovative solutions to support business needs. Previous to that position at Novartis, Dr. Orloff was Senior Vice President and Head, US Medical & Regulatory Affairs, serving on the executive leadership front across Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, and Evidence-based Medicine (Health Economics and Outcomes Research) for the US organization, as well as Regulatory Affairs for North America. Prior to Novartis, Dr. Orloff was Senior Director of the Bone Group, Endocrinology & Metabolism at Merck Research Labs, supporting clinical development of products for bone related disorders including osteoporosis and arthritis.


Dr. Orloff received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, and his MD from the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh, and started his career in academic medicine at Yale University as a Fellow in Endocrinology & Metabolism.


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