Optos changes management
Optos plc (London) has announced two changes in its management team. Dr. Peter Fellner has taken the helm at the retinal imaging company after Dr. John Padfield retired from his position as Chairman of the Board at the end of 2009. And after a three-month period as the company’s interim CFO, Christine Soden was confirmed in the position, and also became a member of Optos’ board. Fellner’s last stint was as Chairman of medical devices company Consort Medical plc, and he has played instrumental roles at biotech companies Vernalis plc and Astex Therapeutics Ltd. He is also the non-executive director of UCB S.A., Evotec AG, and Biotie Therapies Corp. Previously, Dr. Fellner was the CEO and then Chairman of Celltech Group plc. More recently he has served as Chairman of Acambis plc and Premier Research Group plc. Soden previously worked for BTG plc, where she became CFO in 2005. She was later appointed BTG’s Chief Operating Officer following the acquisition of Protherics plc in 2008.