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28.07.2015 - British cancer Dx developer 14M Genomics, a spin-out of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, has appointed Alan Schafer as CEO.

He most recently served as CEO of Population Genetics Technologies, an infectious molecular disease diagnostic company. Previously, he was Global VP of Technology Development at pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline. He co-founded Hexagen, a functional genomics company that was acquired by Incyte where he subsequently served as VP of Genetics. He has also served as Director of Science Funding at the Wellcome Trust.


02.06.2015 Basel-based CRISPR Therapeutics AG goes stateside with the appointment of Alexion’s Bill Lundberg as its CSO to spearhead the creation of its R&D operations in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Lundberg has a long track record in biopharmaceuticals. At Alexion Pharmaceuticals, he was Vice President and Head of Translational Medicine and oversaw the progression of several compounds from early research to clinicial proof-of-concept. Prior to Alexion, the trained onocologist held senior positions at Taligen Therapeutics, Genzyme and Wyeth (now Pfizer) and led development programmes in various disease areas. Lundberg will accelerate R&D programmes both sides of the Atlantic. In May, the Swiss biopharma start-up raised US$64m (€57m) to hurry the new genome editing technology CRISPR/Cas9 to the clinic.


02.06.2015 The management team of Vetter Pharma International GmbH is complete once again after the appointment of Oliver Albrecht in April.

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Albrecht has stepped in as Managing Director and CFO of the German contract development and manufacturing organisation, which specialises in aseptic manufacturing. Albrecht will direct the two divisions Finance, Controlling & IT and Corporate Development, Legal & Corporate Compliance. He has more than 20 years’ of experience managing international mid-sized public companies, and most recently held the position of CFO for SHW AG in Aalen, Germany.


02.06.2015 Belgian-medtech Pepric has appointed Bone Therapeutics CEO Enrico Bastianelli as its independent non-executive Board member. Bastianelli has headed Belgium biotech Bone Therapeutics since 2006.

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Bastianelli sports a wealth of experience in the cell and pharmaceutical industry. Before joining Bone Therapeutics, which focuses on cell therapy for bone fracture repair and prevention. Before he founded the company in 2006 as a spin-off from Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bastianelli was Vice President from 2002 to 2006, in Corporate Development at Paris-based pharma ProStrakan (formerly ProSkelia). Bastianelli also garnered his experience at Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals, McKinsey & Co. Pepric develops and commercialises instrumentation for quantitative cell imaging and molecular imaging. As a member of Pepric’s board, Bastianelli will help develop instrumentation for cell and particle detection and imaging. “I’m pleased to join Pepric offering new solutions for targeted molecular imaging and longitudinal cell detection. I’m looking forward to contribute to its business strategy to maximize the potential of its innovative instruments,” commented Bastianelli on his new appointment.

12.05.2015 London-based Biomedical and healthcare technology group NetScientific has announced the appointment of biotech stalwart François Regis Martelet as its new CEO and Board Director. He will join the Group on 8 June taking over from Sir Richard Sykes, who will revert to his position as Non-Executive Chairman.

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From April 2013 – October 2014, François served as senior advisor to the CEO and Interim SVP at Stallergenes SA where he was responsible for international commercial strategies. Prior to SVP, he was CEO at Topotarget A/S, a publicly traded European biotech company specialising in oncology therapeutics, which François successfully transformed from a research based organisation into a late-stage clinical development company ready for a European exit. He also headed US-based biotech Avax Technologies Inc. as CEO, which focuses on therapeutic oncology vaccines. During François’ rich and long career, he has also held several senior commercial positions at Merck & Co, Inc, Novartis Pharma, Schering-Plough and Eli Lily. François holds a PhD in Medicine and a Masters degree in Business.

11.05.2015 Darmstadt-based Merck KGaA has earmarked Udit Batra as head of the combined life sciences business of Merck Millipore and newly acquired Sigma-Aldrich. Batra is currently Merck Millipore CEO. Until the completion of the merger in mid-2015, Sigma-Aldrich President and CEO Rakesh Sachdev will remain in his role until the acquisition closes.

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Batra has been CEO and President of combined life science business Merck Millipore since March 2014. Batra joined Merck Millipore in 2011 to head the Group’s Consumer Health Business. Prior to that, he worked at Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, where he was head of Global Public Health and Market Access. He served in a range of executive management positions at Novartis, including global Head of Corporate Strategy and Country President for the Pharma Business in Australia. Batra holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a PhD from Princeton University and is a chemical engineer by training. He will move into his new role once the planned US$17bn (€15) transaction, which remains subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, has been finalised. Until then, Merck Millipore and Sigma-Aldrich will continue to operate as separate companies.

05.05.2015 The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine has reinforced its top ranks with the appointment of Professor Alan Boyd as its new President. Alan who is currently Vice President of the faculty, will take up office later this year on 19th November replacing Dr Keith Bragman who will have served a three-year term.

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Alan is owner of Boyds consultancy business and began his pharmaceutical career 28 years ago at Glaxo Group Research Ltd. From 1988 he led ICI’s cardiovascular medical research team, later taking on the role of Director of Clinical and Medical Affairs at ICI Pharma in Canada. In 1999, after four years as Head of Medical Research for Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, he became Director of Research and Development for Ark Therapeutics Ltd where he was responsible for delivering the majority of key development milestones that have shaped the company. In April 2005, he left to set up Alan Boyd Consultants Ltd. The focus of the consultancy is to aid and support early stage life science based companies.

Alan is a graduate in Biochemistry and Medicine from the University of Birmingham. His experience will ensure that the Faculty will help further establish its role as a healthcare partner and in the outside world.

27.04.2015 Cell therapy company apceth GmbH & Co. KG has expanded its senior management team by appointing Ulrike Verzetnitsch as Chief Technical Officer. Ulrike takes on the role with immediate effect and will lead all of apceth’s production activities and manufacturing operations and continue the expansion of apceth’s GMP manufacturing business.

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She brings a wealth of experience gathered in the pharmaceutical sector from her roles in leading pharma and biotech companies. Prior to joining apceth, Ulrike was the Head of the Production Unit at Takeda in Singen. Before that she held the position of Director of Production with Baxter. As part of her role, she gained professional experience in the manufacturing of products for worldwide distribution in compliance with the FDA, EMEA and Japanese and other guidelines.

Ulrike began her career in the pharma industry in 2000. She holds a degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University in Vienna.

14.04.2015 This year’s Norwegian Bioenergy Innovation Award was awarded to Vincent Eijsink, professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). The award, which was presented to the molecular scientist on 17th March during the CenBio Days 2015, recognises innovative thinking, research-based development and commercial potential.

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According to the award committee, Vincent was honoured for his endeavours and dedication, which has been crucial to the development of Bioenergy in Norway and has also contributed to optimal utilisation of biomass: “His work has had a great, lasting and decisive positive impact on the biogas sector in Norway,” stated the 2015 Committee.

Vincent has a PhD from Groningen, The Netherlands, in enzyme engineering and has been a professor of Biochemistry at NMBU since 1997. He has developed fast enzyme-based methods to test the biogas production potential of various feedstocks mixtures. He is also at the forefront within production of biogas from seaweed, a field with substantial commercial potential. The related fundamental enzyme work, which was published in Science in 2010, has led to several patent applications.

10.04.2015 Marc de Garidel, Chairman and CEO of French pharmaceutical Ipsen, became the new chair of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) Governing board at the end of March. The industry veteran has decades of experience working in the pharmaceutical sector and takes over the role from Roch Doliveux, who retired as CEO of Belgian biopharma UCB at the end of 2014.

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Marc has been the CEO and Chairman of Ipsen, a global speciality-driven pharmaceutical company, since November 2010. The Parisian company specialises in neurology, endocrinology and urology-oncology. From 1995 and 2010, he held executive positions at US biopharma Amgen including Corporate Controller of the group in the US. Marc graduated from the French Engineering School ESTP and holds an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School.

IMI is a public-private partnership between the European Union and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). It works by supporting and advancing collaborations between leading experts from industry, universities, small biotechs, patient groups, and regulators across Europe. The IMI's collaborations are currently delivering promising results for Alzheimer’s, infectious diseases, diabetes, schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis. In his role as chairman, Marc will work as a guiding force in the IMI’s development and patient access to innovative medicines where there is an unmet medical and social need. 

13.04.2015 London-based Intercept Pharmaceuticals continues to expand in Europe with the recent appointment of Steve Arnold as Regional Vice President and General Manager for Europe. The biopharma focuses on the development and commercialisation of novel therapeutics to treat neglected chronic liver diseases.

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Steve has over 25 years of experience in building and leading biopharmaceutical organisations. His expertise and in-depth knowledge in hepatology and immunology will help launch new products and develop strong clinical, payor and patient relationships to Intercept. He will serve on Intercept’s cross-functional European leadership team, spearheading European operations as the Company prepares for the launch of its first product, obeticholic acid (OCA). Steve will be responsible for commercial operations in the UK & Ireland, the Nordics, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Before joining Intercept, Steve was Managing Director for UCB Celltech, UK & Ireland, where he led its market access and commercial operations functions. 

He is currently a member of the Board of Management of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), which represents the biopharmaceutical industry in the UK. Prior to UCB Celltech, Steve spent two years as General Manager at Gilead Sciences in Canada after spending 5 years at Gilead in the UK. Steve will report to Lisa Bright at Intecepts headquarters in London. Lisa was appointed Intercept’s Chief Commercial and Corporate Affairs Officer last December.

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