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27.11.2012 - Global medical technology specialist Smith & Nephew plc has appointed Julie Brown as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

The former VP Group Finance and interim CFO of AstraZeneca will formally take up the post in February 2013. Brown brings in 25 years of pharma experience with AstraZeneca, where she held a number of senior financial and management positions

26.06.2012 Swiss Molecular Partners AG (Zurich­-Schlieren) has appointed hematologist Lisa Rojk­jaer as its new Chief Medical Officer. Rojk­jaer, who comes in from German antibody specialist MorphoSys AG, has a track record of 10 years in bio­pharmaceutical drug development.

She will be heading up all clinical activities at Molecular Partners. Prior to her post as Vice President and Head of Clinical Development at Morphosys, she held a variety of senior positions in clinical development and medical affairs at Novartis and Novo Nordisk.

22.06.2012 In June, Ireland's Shire plc (Dublin) appointed a new Chief of Business Developer and Global Head of Human Resources. David Colpman, currently Senior Vice President, will take over that responsibility from Barbara Deptula, Shire's Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Development Officer, who will retire at the end of June.

Colpman, who has been with Shire for 12 years, brings in extensive experience in dealmaking. Prior to Shire, he worked at Glaxo Wellcome, Novo Nordisk and Boots Pharmaceuticals in a variety of business development and commercial roles. He started his industry career at ICI (now AstraZeneca) in formulation and manufacturing. Ann Judge (not pictured), Senior Vice President of Shire’s global Human Resources (HR) team, has also joined the Shire Leadership

30.05.2012 EuropaBio has named Miriam Gargesi as its new Director of Healthcare Biotechnology.

She arrives from the Brussels-based EDMA (European Diagnostics Manufacturers Association) where she was the Director for Public Affairs and Communications. Gargesi worked previously as a consultant for Hill & Knowlton and for Kreab
Gavin Anderson. She brings the EDMA extensive knowledge of policymaking gained serving in the Italian Parliament and at the House of Commons in London. Gargesi takes over from Ludovic Lacaine, who had led the division since 2009.

29.05.2012 Alan Schafer is to head British biomarker specialist Population Genetics Technologies Ltd.

The firm's new CEO has a track record in research, Big Pharma management and building new businesses. The former Wellcome Trust’s Director of Science Funding is currently an Adjunct Professor of Innovation at the Imperial College London. He has also served as Global Vice-President of Technology Development at GlaxoSmithKline, and co-founded the functional genomics firm Hexagen.

11.06.2012 Cancer nanodelivery firm Nanobiotix has appointed Dr. Bernd Muehlenweg as a member of its Executive Board.

He joined the firm in 2011 as Head of Business Development. Previously, Muehlenweg worked for Wilex AG (Munich) as Director of Business Development, where he played a key role for the company in licencing and commercialisation agreements.

07.06.2012 Creabilis SA has appointed Simon Russell as its new Chief Business Officer.

He joins the dermatology, inflammation and pain specialist from Novartis Pharma AG, where he played a number of global strategic marketing roles. Russell moved to Novartis from AstraZeneca, where he worked as Global Brand Strategy Director Biologics. He began his industry career at ICI Pharmaceuticals.

04.06.2012 German Antisense Pharma has looked abroad for fresh inspiration in its management board. At the beginning of May, the Regensburg-based company appointed Dr Philippe Calais as its new Chief Executive Officer.

The Frenchman brings in more than twenty years of international experience in executive positions in both biotech and pharmaceutical firms. Calais successfully guided the development of several drugs through clinical development and commercialisation in his former positions at F. Hoffmann La-Roche and ICI Pharmaceuticals. At Antisense Pharma, he will be responsible for commercialisation of the biopharmaceutical company's lead drug candidate Trabedersen (AP 12009). The antisense drug, which blocks the Transforming GrowthFactor beta 2 (TGF-b2) from being expressed, is currently in Phase III development against glioma, as well as in Phase I/II development for pancreatic cancer and maglignant melanoma. Calais steps in for interim CEO Hubert Heinrichs, who had led the business on an interim basis since July of last year.

20.06.2012 Andrew Bulpin took over Merck-Millipore‘s Process Solutions Business Unit. The chemist – who previously served as Head of Global Pharmaceutical Chemicals Solutions Sales – succeeds the retired Jean-Paul Mangeolle.

Bulpin joined Millipore in 2006 as a Vice President for the firm's Upstream Processing Business Unit. In January 2012, he assumed leadership of the company's Services and Solutions Business Department. Bulpin was appointed to his current position following the company's acquisition by Merck. 

11.05.2012 Swedish vaccine adjuvant company Isconova AB (Uppsala) has appointed a new CEO. Sven Andréasson took over from Russel Greig, who in turn assumed Ulf Tossman's post as the firm's Chairman of the Board.

Andréasson comes in from Beta-Cell NV (Brussels) and brings in nine years of experience as CEO of Active Biotech AB. Isconova wants to move forward with key clinical studies, strengthen corporate development activities, and enhance revenues from its saponine-based Matrix technology. In 2011, it had vaccine sales of a7.7m, –35.8% less than in 2010. 

03.05.2012 Cellectis has enlisted Mathieu Simon as a new Senior Vice-president. Simon brings in more than 25 years of leadership experience at Wyeth and Groupe Pierre Fabre.

 Simon will coordinate the activities of company subsidiaries Cellectis Therapeutics, Ectycell and Cellartis, which represent the young stem cell business of the French specialist for genome engineering. The new VP has extensive experience in marketing and sales of pharmaceuticals in Europe. Since 2011, Simon has been acting as an advisor to both financial institutions and other companies in the sector. 

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