New president-elect

New president-elect

23.11.2012 - The European Embryo Transfer Association (AETE) has elected Frank Becker as the society’s new president.

The former AETE vice-president from Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) studied veterinay medicine at Humboldt University Berlin and is working in the field of reproductive biology at FBN in Dummerstorf, Germany. The AETE was founded 1985 in Lyon and lobbies for the interest of veterinary reproduction biologists.

12.09.2012 Oslo-based Photocure ASA has named Erik Dahl as its new CFO.

The specialist for photodynamic skin and cancer therapy brings more than 20 years of experience in senior level financial management roles in both international public and private companies. He has a strong track record in corporate finance, legal and financial restructurings, M&A, IPOs and other capital market transactions.

14.09.2012 French-US non-statistical clinical data analyses provider Ariana Pharma has hired Dr. Mariana Kuras as its Chief Technology Officer.

From 2004–2012, Kuras led research at Bio-systems International, where she was responsible for the development and validation of biomarker platform technologies with the help of anti-body array technologies. Previously, she worked at Pfizer Global Research and Development (Fresnes, France). Kuras holds a PhD in biophysics and computational biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the US.

24.09.2012 Belgian chondrocyte therapy specialist TiGenix BV (Leuven) has named Jean Stéphenne as its Independent Director and new Chairman of the Board.

Previously, Stéphenne was a member of the executive team at GlaxoSmithKline, and Chairman and President of GSK Biologicals in Wavre (Belgium). He currently serves as Chairman of BESIX, IBA & BioWin, and Vesalius Biocapital.

28.09.2012 Dutch Mucosis B.V. (Groningen) has named Thomas Johnston as its new Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.

The vaccine developer's former CBO succeeds Govert Schouten, who founded an Internet start-up. Johnston joined Mucosis from Novavax Inc. in 2011, where he served as Vice President of Strategy. Prior to Novavax, Johnston was a consultant in various industries, including biotech.

01.10.2012 siRNA specialist Silence Therapeutics plc (London/Berlin) has appointed Michael Khan to its board of directors as Chief Medical Advisor.

Khan, who currently teaches and works as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Warwick, has a strong track record in clinical development of drugs targeting metabolic diseases and cancer. The previous head of molecular medicine at Warwick University is currently working on identifying novel tissue-based biomarkers for colorectal cancer, and the development of novel diagnostic tools.

18.09.2012 German oncology expert Wilex AG has altered its executive management board. Dr. Jan Schmidt-Brand, who arrived from Wilex daughter Heidelberg Pharma, stepped into the CFO role at Wilex at the beginning of September.

Schmidt-Brandt was Managing Director at Heidelberg Pharma, which develops antibody-drug conjugates, until that firm was taken over by Wilex in November 2010. From 1997-2001, the trained lawyer was Managing Director of the Austrian BASF-Pharma subsidiary EBEWE Arznei-mittel GmbH, where his responsibilities included finance and controlling. Prior to that, he held several positions at the BASF Group over a period of eight years. In his final position there he was an executive in the chemical giant's central tax department. At the beginning of August, the firm announced that current CFO Peter Llewellyn-Davies would be stepping down when his six-year contract expired. Wilex announced that he is planning to pursue new activities, but will continue to act for the company in an advisory capacity.

09.10.2012 Philip Astley-Sparke, previous President and CEO of BioVex, has become a venture partner in Forbion Capital Partners’ Boston office.

He will work with selected Forbion’s portfolio companies as a board member and/or advisor to help management to execute on their business plans. Until late 2011, the investment banker (JP Morgan) and biologist (BSc, Bristol University) worked with Amgen as its Vice President and General Manager after his former firm Biovex had been acquired by Amgen in a US$ 1bn deal. Forbion was the largest investor in the US-based developer of first-in-class oncolytic vaccines.

12.10.2012 Berlin-based diagnostics specialist Epigenomics AG has named its current Chief Financial Officer Dr. Thomas Taapken as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 October 2012.

He will replace Geert Nygaard who will leave the Executive Management of the company. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Geert Nygaard for his dedication to the Company for the past five and half years", said Heino von Prondzynski, Epigenomics’ Chairman of the Board. Prodzynski, a former Head of Roche Diagnostics, joined the company's board in March this year. He is regarded as a renowned industry expert. Epigenomics has faced several changes in the company's business strategy in the recent years. Taapken joined Epigenomics in April 2011 as Chief Financial Officer from Biotie Therapies (Finland). From 2005-2008 Taapken worked with elbion NV, which was then acquired by Biotie Therapies.

16.10.2012 Austrian Medtech provider Anagnostics has hired Karl Winkler (48), a marketing expert for medical devices.

Winkler brings in 20 years of marketing, 11 of which as a medtech distribution specialist. Winkler is specialised in drug analytics and will start marketing Anagnostic’s hybcell technology in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

19.10.2012 Dr Christian Itin has been appointed CEO of Swiss biologics developer Cytos Biotechnology Ltd, (Zurich).

Itin headed German-based Micromet before it was taken over in a US$1.16bn deal by Amgen. In May, Cytos announced it had chosen the 48-year-old to succeed Thomas Hecht as its Chairman of the Board of Directors after an extraordinary shareholders meeting scheduled to take place in November 2012. Before Itin’s stint at the Micromet helm, he worked with California-based protein array specialist Zyomyx. Inc (Hayward). He received his Diplom in biology and Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of Basel. In addition, Christian Itin performed post-doctoral research at Basel University’s Biocenter and at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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