Eastern expansion


Eastern expansion

27.04.2016 - Swedish nanoliter-scale immunoassay pioneer Gyros Protein Technologies, recently established by the merger of Gyros AB and Protein Technologies, Inc., starts expanding into the Asia-Pacific region. Peter Luk takes over as VP Asia-Pacific.

Luk has over 25 years of life science business experience in Asia. Before joining Gyros Protein Technologies, he was General Manager of ProteinSimple, Asia. Prior to that, Luk was VP Asia-Pacific of Molecular Devices, and he has also held various management roles at PerkinElmer, Packard Biosciences and Bio-Rad Laboratories. He holds an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from the University of Leeds, UK, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the City University of Hong Kong.

24.10.2014 Former Co-Head of Global Healthcare Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan, Andrea Ponti, has taken over the role of non-executive director at Cell Medica, the London-based cellular therapeutics company.

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With an extensive network of contacts and over 25 years of experience in advising leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies across the globe, Andrea Ponti will play an important role in developing partnership and commercialisation opportunities for Cell Media's immunotherapy products. Before joining J.P. Morgan in 2008, Ponti was Partner, Managing Director and Head of European Healthcare, Consumer and Retail investment banking at Goldman Sachs. In 1996, he founded the European Healthcare Group.

17.10.2014 Jarrod Longcor the former Vice President of Corporate Development for Rib-X Pharmaceuticals has been appointed CBO at Avillion LLP.

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Jarrod Longcor brings over 18 years of pharmaceutical and biotech experience to the London-based drug development company. In his previous role at Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, Inc (now Melinta Therapeutics), Longcor was responsible for identifying and concluding several critical collaborations for the company. Prior to Rib-X, he held key positions in several small to mid-sized biotech companies where he was responsible for business development and strategic planning. At Avillion, Longcor will be responsible for structuring, negotiating and executing strategic alliances, co-development agreements, and financial instruments, as well as providing management and strategic leadership to the organisation.

16.10.2014 Biochemistry professor Michel Bouvier has been appointed as new chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board at Strasbourg-based Domain Therapeutics.

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As professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of Montreal, and also CEO of the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC), Michel Bouvier brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the board at Domain Therapeutics. The biopharmaceutical company specialises in the research and development of new drug candidates targeting G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and will assemble a team of experts in drug discovery and development. In the coming months, Bouvier will work closely with the Domain Therapeutics’ management team to assemble a group of academic and industrial peers.

08.10.2014 Karolinska Development has announced the appointment of its new CEO. Oncology expert Bruno Lucidi has been appointed CEO of the wholly owned subsidiary KDev Oncology and the portfolio companies Aprea and Akinion Pharmaceuticals.

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Lucidi has extensive international experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Before becoming CEO at Karolinska Development, Bruno previously held positions as CEO of Idenix and Chairman of Pharmasset, where he contributed to maturing the companies to a level that eventually resulted in both companies being acquired by multinational pharmaceutical companies. Lucidi has also held senior positions within Bristol-Myers Squibb and Global Head of Oncology Strategy, at Johnson & Johnson as Global Head of Oncology Strategy from Drug Discovery to Market and at GlaxoSmithKline.

29.09.2014 After serving on the board since January 2014 at Abcam plc, Alan Hirzel has been appointed as the new CEO of Abcam – a leading provider of innovative protein research tools and services.

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Alan Hirzel will succeed Jonathan Milner, the long-serving Chief Executive and co-Founder of Abcam. Hirzel brings an impressive combination of a strong scientific background, global business and leadership experience, and consumer knowledge. Hirzel takes on the role of CEO after having spent the last year as Chief Marketing Officer. As CMO he was responsible for the company’s branding, product portfolio and online consumer offering, and worked closely with Jonathan Milner to develop Abcam’s strategic vision.

26.09.2014 Drug discovery and development company Novimmune SA has named Adrian Mills as the company’s new CBO and member of the Executive Committee.

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Adrian Mills will be leading Novimmune’s commercial development activities as well as business development. With over 20 years of experience as a pharmaceutical executive, he has a particular focus on the commercialisation of orphan drugs. Mills joins Novimmune after 13 years at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where he held several strategic and operational positions in Europe and SE Asia. Most recently he was European Commercial Director for Rare and Critical Diseases. Prior to GSK, Mills worked in management consulting and investment banking in the life sciences sector.

23.09.2014 Reneuron Group, a leading UK-based stem cell therapy company, has appointed Olav Hellebø as their new Chief Executive Officer.

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A highly experienced pharmaceutical executive, Hellebø has broad commercial experience gained at both major pharmaceutical and small biotechnology companies in the fields of clinical development, commercialism and marketing of new therapeutics. Before taking on the role of CEO at ReNeuron, Hellebø held the position of CEO at Clavis Pharma ASA, a Norwegian company specialising in oncology. Prior to Clavis, Hellebø was at the helm of UCB Pharma and head of the UK operations of Novartis. Hellebø began his pharmaceutical career in 1992 at Schering-Plough, where he held senior commercial roles in Europe and the US.

22.09.2014 Frank Ubags has joined Cevec Pharmaceuticals to lead its new CMO initiative.

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He will replace Rainer Lichtenberger as Managing Director and will channel the extension of Cevec’s offerings to customers and production of up to Phase II cGMP material in CAP cells. Ubags has served more than 35 years in senior positions at firms that include Rhein Biotech, Kiadis Pharma and Scil Proteins. Ubags managed Scil Proteins CMO activities, and also initiated the sale of Scil Proteins Production to Wacker Biotech.

16.09.2014 David Veitch has been appointed as Chief Commercial Officer of Basilea Pharmaceutica International Ltd.

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As a member of the management committee, David Veitch will be responsible for leading Basilea's commercial operations, including sales, marketing, pricing and market access. Veitch has over 25 years of international commercial experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Before joining Basilea, he led cross-functional organisations at the country and European level and was responsible for the launch of numerous brands across several therapeutic areas. From 1996 ­to 2011, he was President European Operations at Savient Pharmaceuticals. Veitch has also held various positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb UK and Europe. His last position at the company was Senior Vice President Europe, Middle-East and Asia, Marketing and Brand Commercialization, where he led the commercial organisation for the region with a focus on specialty care brands.

15.09.2014 Nektarios Tavernarakis, notable researcher with a focus on cell death, neurodegeneration and aging, has been elected a member of The Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea).

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Tavernakis is Research Director at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) of the Foundation of Research and technology Hellas (FORTH), and professor at the Medical School of the University of Crete, has been elected a member of the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea). Tavernarakis’ research focuses on cell death, neurodegeneration and ageing. He has received several notable scientific prizes for his scientific accomplishments. Among his accolades are the Academic Excellence Prize from the Empeirikeion Foundation and the Science Excellence Award, General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Ministry of Education both awarded in Greece in 2012. Before joining IMBB-FORTH as Executive Researcher in 2001, Tavernarakis worked as a Research Associate at Rutgers University, USA. Tavernarakis is also an elected member of EMBO.

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