The newly appointed board of France's Pasteur Institute wants to find a new director to replace the controversial Philippe Kourilsky as quickly as possible, the board's president has told The Scientist.

The new board was elected after the previous incumbents resigned en masse in January, and Kourilsky gave them the power to dismiss him before his mandate ends at the end of the year. Replacing him will be one of their first priorities, said François Ailleret, the board's new president and honorary director of the French state electricity utility Electricité de France.

"Kourilsky announced that he would not be running for a second term and gave us the power to replace him before the end of his mandate," said Ailleret. "Now we will try to choose the right candidate to replace him as quickly as possible—hopefully before the end of the year."

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