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Pharma POOL
Bristol Myers Squibb Appoints New Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer

Andrew R.J. Bonfield joins Bristol Myers Squibb as senior VP and chief financial officer. Mr. Bonfield, 39, served most recently as executive director of finance at BGGroup Plc., a multibillion dollar gas and oil exploration and production company in the U.K. Before that, he was chief financial officer at Smith Kline Beecham, the British pharmaceutical company that became a part of GlaxoSmith Kline. “Andrew Bonfield has the breadth of finance experience, proven leadership, and vision that are all critical to the future success of BristolMyers Squibb,” says Peter R. Dolan, chairman and CEO of New Yorkbased Bris tolMyers Squibb. “He is a resultsoriented leader who will build on the financial strength of our company to accomplish our goals of driving the growth of our key products and realizing the full value of our pipeline.” “I am delighted to join BristolMyers Squibb at this important juncture,” says Mr. Bonfield. “The company’s financial position and policies will be key to realizing its near term performance goals as well as its future leadership position in the pharmaceutical and related healthcare products fields.” As CFO at SmithKline Beecham, Mr. Bon field was responsible for all aspects of the com pany’s finances, with specific responsibility for corporate control, operations finance, tax, trea sury, finance systems development, and corpo rate strategy and development. He was exten sively involved in investor relations in the U.K., U.S., and Europe. Mr. Bonfield earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Uni versity of Natal in Durban, South Africa, and is professionally certified as a chartered accoun tant. He will join BristolMyers Squibb with in the next two months. Mark SULLIVAN UCB Pharma Names Group Product Director UCB Pharma Inc., a researchbased phar maceutical company, has promoted Mark Sul livan to group product director for noncentral nervous system products. In his new position, Mr. Sullivan oversees the marketing teams for Zyrtec (certirizine HCl), Lortab CIII (acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate tablets, USP), Theo24 (theophylline anhy drous), and the Duratuss brand of cold medica tions. Mr. Sullivan also is involved in the devel opment of line and patent extensions, and is working with a global team to develop and acquire new brands in the allergyasthma category. “Mark has built strong relationships with our marketing partners,” says Nadine Craig, VP of sales and marketing, at Smyrna, Ga. based UCB Pharma. “We are confident that in this new strategic role, he will provide strong leadership for his new team and drive the growth of our products.” Mr. Sullivan joined UCB Pharma in September 2001 as senior product manager for Zyrtec. Before that, he was employed by Dura/Elan Pharmaceuticals, where he worked as regional business development manager, dis trict sales manager, and market development manager to create marketing and copromo tional programs. He also was responsible for training during his tenure. “My exposure to all facets of the sales pro cess has given me experience in promotional literature development, product forecasts, pub lication strategies, and NDA submissions,” Mr. Sullivan says. “I am excited about the opportunity to play a larger role in shaping the overall growth of UCB Pharma.” From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Sullivan worked at Solvay Pharmaceuticals, and previously worked at Leggett & Platt and Pepsi Cola. Mr. Sullivan earned his bachelor of science in mar keting from Frostburg State University. Biotech POOL Dr. Peter CHRISTEY GuavaTechnologiesTaps Executive With Global Market Development Experience Guava Technologies Inc., a privately held biotechnology company with core technologies in cellbased research and drug discovery, has appointed Peter Christey, Ph.D., as VP of busi ness development. In this newly created position, Dr. Christey is charged with overseeing Guava’s corporate partnership, licensing, and other business development activities. “We are very pleased to welcome Peter to the Guava management team,” says Rajen Dalal, president and CEO of Hayward, Calif. based Guava. “As Guava continues to grow on the strength of our cell analysis technology and product base, Peter’s broad experience will enhance our worldwide business development efforts.” Before joining Guava Technologies, Dr. Christey was VP of business development for Protogene Laboratories where he established a number of collaborations to support the com mercialization of Protogen’s fully customizable geneexpression microarrays. Before joining Protogene, Dr. Christey served in various roles within Chiron’s corpo rate development group before moving to its blood testing division. As VP of commercial development for Chi ron Blood Testing he was responsible for mar ket development in the Asia Pacific region and had global responsibility for the plasma frac tionation market. From 1989 to 1995, Dr. Christey served with McKinsey and Co. in Melbourne, Syd ney, and London. Dr. Christey holds a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Otago, New Zealand, a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Cambridge University, and a MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. TALENT POOL EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY TALENT pool 83 PharmaVOICE J u l y / Au g u s t 2 0 02 Dr.Vincent DEVITA Oncology Expert Joins Light Sciences as Chairman of Scientific Advisory Board Vincent T. DeVita, M.D., former director of the National Cancer Institute, has been appointed chairman of the scientific advisory board of Light Sciences Corp., a biotechnology company currently assembling leaders in the fields of oncology, ophthalmology and cardio vascular disease to steward the company’s research in photodynamic treatments. “The depth and breadth of Dr. DeVita’s oncology experience, including eight years as the director of the National Cancer Institute, will be critical to the development and com mercialization of our first therapeutic products, which are being studied for the treatment of refractory cancers,” says Albert Luderer, Ph.D., president and CEO of Issaquah, Wash.based Light Sciences. Dr. DeVita says, “Light Sciences has impor tant technology and uses a rich pipeline of drugs in its system that may provide hope for people whose cancers have failed to respond to today’s standard treatments. I look forward to participating in the advancement of this inno vative system and bringing hope and treat ment to people with refractory cancers.” Dr. DeVita is currently professor of medicine and director of the Yale Cancer Cen ter. Thomas E. RATHJEN Genencor Hires Wall Street Veteran as VP of Investor Relations Genencor International Inc. has hired Thomas E. Rathjen, a Wall Street veteran, to lead its investor relations efforts. Mr. Rathjen, who assumes the post of VP of investor relations, brings to Genencor almost two decades of market, investment, and strate gic investor relations marketing experience. Most recently, he served as VP of the west ern region of the New York Stock Exchange located in Palo Alto, Calif. In this role, he opened the first NYSE office outside New York and had oversight respon sibility for all NYSE listed companies in 13 western states. “We are very pleased to welcome Tom to Genencor,” says W. Thomas Mitchell, chair man and CEO of Palo Alto, Calif.based Genencor. “His indepth knowledge of Wall Street, investor relations planning and strong leadership abilities will be great assets to Genencor and will be instrumental in build ing our relationships with the investment community.” During his career, Mr. Rathjen also served as senior director for the NASDAQ Stock Mar ket in Menlo Park, Ca., where he was responsi ble for managing relationships of many NAS Beth SMITH Following a year that will go down in American history as among the most tragic, Beth Smith has been recognized as the 2002 National Dis aster Services’ volunteer. This is the top award given annually by the American Red Cross. Ms. Smith received this award May 30, 2002, at the American Red Cross National Convention. Beginning her volunteer work with the American Red Cross in her high school years, Ms. Smith has continued in her devotion to helping others. She began working with disaster services in 1988 with the local Chapter, and accepted her first national assignment in Puerto Rico serv ing victims of Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Ms. Smith is fluent in Spanish so she was ideally equipped to serve in Puerto Rico. Since that time she has served on many national and local assignments. Currently, she is the Disaster Services chairperson for the local Chapter and chair of the Dis aster Committee for the Red Cross in the state of Tennessee. Ms. Smith holds an Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin; a master of science in nursing from the University of Maryland, in mental health nursing; and a bachelor of science in nursing from ETSU. She works as a clinical research associate for CTMS Inc. (Clinical Trial Man agement Services Inc.) in Bristol, Tenn. Congress has charged the American Red Cross with the responsibili ty for disaster response and aid to military families. Disaster response occurs essentially every day. The most common type of disaster is dis placement of a single family caused by fire. In this case, immediate assis tance is needed in finding a safe environment, food, and clothing. The American Red Cross also may assist with needed medication or occupa tional needs such as uniforms for working persons to be able to return to work following a fire in their home. Recently, Ms. Smith’s services were requested for disaster response in New York City, following the tragedies of September 11, 2001. Ms. Smith provides mental health counseling and is a soughtafter resource because not all mental health professionals can readily provide services across state lines in times of disaster. Recognizing the need, Ms. Smith’s employer, CTMS, granted her two weeks’ leave to travel to New York. “This was a significant contribution from CTMS because others in mental health services are in private practice and have to rearrange patient loads in order to respond,” Ms. Smith says. In New York City, the American Red Cross set up a variety of services for those affected. Many were without shelter because their apartments were inaccessi ble due to safety and security reasons. Her primary role is to provide mental health counseling, but in NewYorkCity she did many things. “It is important to take care of the responders, fire fighters, and police offi cers,” she says. “We are there to make sure rescuers get that cup of coffee and sand wich, as would anyone else. In New York City, mental health needs of the responders were multiplied by the fact that they knew many of their colleagues had been killed or injured. When responders know the victims, it causes them to react differently and we are there to make sure the stresses and strains are being addressed. We assist through counseling, direct intervention, education, and occasional ly with the interjection of humor.” A Nashville apartment fire in 2001 was a tragedy that also required Ms. Smith’s presence. More than 150 people, mostly elderly, were dis placed. They were without essentials such as medications, dentures, glass es, and oxygen equipment, and the American Red Cross came to the res cue by reconnecting or replacing these things. CTMS is a contract research organization providing clinical trial man agement, data management, and quality assurance services to the phar maceutical/biotechnology industries. CTMS employs 133 people, with offices in Bristol, and WinstonSalem, N.C. Beth Smith was the recipient of the American Red Cross’ to award — the 2002 National Disaster Services’ volunteer. CTMS EMPLOYEETO RECEIVETOP NATIONAL HONOR FROMTHE AMERICAN RED CROSS TALENT pool DAQ 100 companies. He also was executive director for Research Holdings and a stockbro ker for Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. Rathjen received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Califor nia, Los Angeles, and attended the graduate school of business at Santa Clara University. He has been a member of the National Investor Relations Institute for 16 years. Specialty POOL Kip FREY Terrance G.MCGUIRE Gregory J. MOSSINGHOFF Dr.W.Leigh THOMPSON Inspire Pharmaceuticals Selects President, Appoints New Board Chairman and Member Inspire Pharmaceuticals Inc., which dis covers and develops new drugs to treat diseases characterized by deficiencies in the body’s innate defense mechanisms of mucosal hydra tion and mucociliary clearance, as well as other nonmucosal disorders, has promoted Gregory J. Mossinghoff to president. In addition, the company has appointed W. Leigh Thompson, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., to chairman of the board of directors, replacing Terrance G. McGuire of Polaris Venture Partners, whose term has expired, while Kip Frey has been elected to the board. Mr. Mossinghoff, 41, previously was senior VP and chief business officer. He continues to report to Christy Shaffer, Ph.D., CEO of Durham, N.C.based Inspire, whose role in the company remains unchanged. Mr. Mossinghoff continues to oversee cor porate development, finance, strategic plan ning, and operations, and serves as secretary and treasurer for the company. In addition, he oversees the development of commercial oper ations for Inspire at the appropriate time. Mr. Mossinghoff has 14 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including posi tions of increasing responsibility at Roche Holding Ltd. and Glaxo Wellcome Plc. He received a B.A. in economics from the Univer sity of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., and a MBA in financial management and analysis from George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. “Mr. Mossinghoff has made major contri butions to Inspire since joining us, particular ly in the areas of strategic planning and busi ness development,” Dr. Shaffer says. “This promotion reflects both the increased respon sibilities that he has taken on since our initial public offering as well as the role that he will assume in building a commercial infrastruc ture when the timing is right to do so. Greg and I have worked closely together since 1998, and our styles and skills are very complemen tary. Together we will capitalize on our areas of expertise to move Inspire forward.” Dr. Thompson, who retired from Eli Lilly and Co. where he served as chief scientific offi cer and as a member of the management com mittee, has served on Inspire’s board since 1996. He has had a distinguished career in both academic medicine and the pharmaceuti cal industry and is a noted expert in drug development. Dr. Thompson has published extensively, particularly in the area of criticalcare medicine, and is a member of numerous cor porate, academic, scientific, and civic boards. Mr. Frey is currently a professor of the prac tice in entrepreneurial management and law at Duke University, with joint appointments from the Fuqua School of Business and Duke Law School. Before joining the company, he was VP and general manager of dynamic commerce appli cations for Siebel Systems Inc., formerly OpenSite Technologies Inc., an Intersouth portfolio company. “We are delighted with the appointment of Dr. Thompson to chairman,” Dr. Shaffer says. “He is highly respected in the pharma ceutical industry and his wealth of experience has been invaluable to us. We are also very pleased that Kip Frey is joining our board. Mr. Frey’s experience and reputation in effec tively managing and growing entrepreneurial businesses will be of great benefit to us as we continue to grow our pipeline and expand our technology.” Mr. McGuire, whose term as chairman of the board has ended, was one of Inspire’s founders and has served as chairman of the board of directors since its inception. Mr. McGuire is a founding general partner of Polaris Venture Partners, and a general part ner of Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. and Beta Partners. “Mr. McGuire provided very effective lead ership, and we are grateful for his steadfast support and guidance over the past seven years,” Dr. Shaffer adds. Mark D.PERRIN Orphan Medical Taps Experienced Manager as Executive VP,Chief Commercial Officer Mark D. Perrin brings extensive manage ment experience in pharmaceuticals, biologi cals, OTCs, and generics to the position of execu tive VP, chief commercial officer, of Orphan Medi cal. Mr. Perrin also serves as a member of the man agement team and leads the commercial activities of the company as well as the business development function. Orphan Medical, Minnetonka, Minn., acquires, develops, and markets pharmaceuti cals of high medical value for inadequately treated and uncommon diseases treated by specialist physicians. Most recently, Mr. Perrin was executive VP, commercial operations, at COR Therapeutics. He has held numerous sales and marketing positions in the pharmaceutical industry including VP, marketing and sales, at Bur roughs Wellcome Co. and VP and general manager at Lederle Laboratories. Mr. Perrin earned his B.S. from Fordham University and holds a master of management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. “I expect Mark to add considerable value to the company as we expand,” says John Bul lion, Orphan Medical CEO. “Orphan Medical is at a pivotal point in its growth and Mark’s extensive experience will be important in ensuring that we reach our goal of becoming a leading specialty pharmaceutical company.” Drug Discovery/ Development POOL Dr. Robert BERGSTROM Lori FEEHAN Dr. Richard KENLEY Dr. Michael ZHOU Magellan Laboratories Selects Director of Research & Bioanalytical Division,VP of Business Development Magellan Laboratories, a fullservice con tract pharmaceutical development organiza tion, has appointed Michael Zhou, Ph.D., as director of its research and bioanalytical divi sion, which designs programs to identify new efficacious and safe compounds and provides bioanalytical support to all phases in the dis 84 J u l y / A u g u s t 2 0 0 2 PharmaVOICE retire within a few years of his return to PPD, our succession plan allowed him and Richard to work closely together. We are grateful for Frank’s leadership and all of his accomplish ments for PPD, and wish him well in his retirement. We look forward to continuing our success with Richard at the helm of our business development efforts.” Dr. Neil COOK PerkinElmer Appoints VP to Oversee Company’s Global Life Sciences R&D PerkinElmer Inc., a leading provider of drug discovery, lifescience research, and clinical screening technologies and services, has appoint ed Neil Cook, Ph.D., to the newly created posi tion of VP of global research and development and chief scientific officer for PerkinElmer Life Sciences. In this position, Dr. Cook is responsible for integrating and leading PerkinElmer Life Sci ences’ R&D efforts globally, while also guid ing the strategic execution of the organiza tion’s technology development efforts. “Neil brings to PerkinElmer a rare combi nation of international research and develop ment, business development, and manage ment skills developed through more than 20 years of lifesciences industry experience in Europe and the United States,” says John Engel, executive VP of Wellesley, Mass.based PerkinElmer Inc., and president of PerkinElmer Life Sciences. “We are extremely pleased to have someone of Neil’s caliber on board, bringing a breadth and depth of leader ship and technical skills to PerkinElmer Life Sciences.” Dr. Cook comes to PerkinElmer after a 15 year career at Amersham Biosciences, where he had been responsible for leading many of that company’s most successful acquisitions and technology developments. Most recently, Dr. Cook served as VP of cor porate development, leading the longterm strategic planning of business and technology development. As Amersham’s senior VP of drug discovery, he led four business organiza tions — genomics, proteomics, drug discovery, and bioinfomatics —where he was responsible for global marketing, business strategy, and the overall performance of the product lines. Among his many accomplishments was the coordination of a crossdisciplinary effort of a number of Amersham’s leading scientists, culminating in the development of the highly successful Scintillation Proximity Assay (SPA), Cytostar, and Leadseeker technologies. He also was responsible for developing a vari TALENT pool Dr. Kenley was formerly a senior VP at Magellan, formerly known as Magellan Labo ratories and now owned by Cardinal Health, and continues to manage the San Diego facili ty with added responsibilities that include directing the operations of the research and bioanalytical division, and the pharmaceutics division, which are based in Research Triangle Park, and overseeing Cardinal Health’s phar maceutical development facility in Albu querque. Also increasing his role in pharmaceutical development, Dr. Berg strom is charged with facilitating product devel opment for clients and enhancing collaboration between numerous ser vice and capability offer ings at Magellan. As the former executive director of phar maceutical development at Magellan’s biotech facility, Dr. Bergstrom facilitated growth in his division, from its inception to attaining a premiere status within the company. Frank CASIERI Richard STAUB PPD Promotes Business Development Leader to Senior VP Position PPD Inc., a leading global provider of dis covery and development services and products for pharmaceutical and biotechnology compa nies, has promoted Richard Staub to senior VP of global business development as Francis (“Frank”) Casieri retires from the position. Mr. Staub, 39, joined PPD in January 1997 as director of business development and in January 2000 was named VP of business development for the Americas, with responsi bility for the Phase IIIV business develop ment organization. Before coming to PPD, Mr. Staub served nine years in various roles in sales, market research, and product management at Zeneca Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Casieri, 59, served as director of mar keting and sales at PPD from 1991 to 1994 before leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. He returned to PPD in September 1999 as VP of business develop ment for the Americas, and was promoted to senior VP of global business development in December 1999. “Frank has done an outstanding job in his role of directing our businessdevelopment efforts, helping to grow our company’s net rev enue by 43% over the past two years,” says Fred Eshelman, CEO of Wilmington, N.C. based PPD. “Knowing that Frank planned to 85 PharmaVOICE J u l y / Au g u s t 2 0 02 covery and development of new drugs. Dr. Zhou has an exten sive, combined back ground in pharmaceuti cal, clinical, and food product research and development, and more than 20 years of analytical chemistry experience. His expertise and lead ership spans liquid chromatography and tan dem mass spectrometry technology to drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics as well as other areas of bioanalytical support. “Michael’s expertise and broad experience enhances our effectiveness to provide bioana lytical support to preclinical and clinical pro grams,” says Dr. Tony Chilton, VP of research and bioanalytical laboratories. Dr. Zhou comes to Research Triangle Park, N.C.based Magellan from OrthoClinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson company, where he was the group leader of bioanalytical research and development. Specializing in chemistry, Dr. Zhou earned his doctorate degree from the University of Delaware and his master’s degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received his bachelor’s degree in analytical chemistry from East China University of Science and Technology. Separately, Lori Feehan has been named as VP of business development. Ms. Feehan, who is based in Magellan’s new Somerset, N.J. facility, leads the sales groups for Somerset, Research Triangle Park, and Albuquerque, N.M. By fully leveraging Magellan’s capabilities with Cardinal Health and vice versa, Ms. Fee han can identify and capture opportunities for clients requiring the full spectrum of drug development services. During the past year, Ms. Feehan served under Cardinal Health’s Pharmaceutical Tech nologies and Services Commercial Develop ment (PTSC) group as VP and project consul tant. Ms. Feehan collaborated with the Pharmaceutical Technologies & Services (PTS) business units and account development team to secure formulation and development agree ments. Before Cardinal, Ms. Feehan was with Pfizer/WarnerLambert as VP and general manager of North America Schick. She also was the VP, global category director of upper respiratory brands, where she was involved in accessing Phase I/II prescription compounds for inlicensing. Ms. Feehan earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and American studies at Douglass College and her MBA in marketing/finance at Ruers University. In internal promotions, Richard Kenley, Ph.D., has been named executive VP, andRobert Bergstrom, Ph.D., has been named VP at the biotechnology facility located in San Diego. TALENT pool ety of highthroughput enzyme, receptor, and cellbased assays for drug screening. In 1997, Dr. Cook and his research and development team were awarded the prestigious U.K. Queen’s Award for Technological Achieve ment in recognition of the development of the Scintillation Proximity Assay and CytostarT technologies. Dr. Cook holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of London, Kings Col lege, and has completed postdoctoral training in cancer research at the Clinical Research Center in the U.K. He has authored or co authored more than 30 papers in lifescience research, and has appeared as a featured speak er at several of the industry’s most prestigious drugdiscovery and screening technical confer ences. In addition, Dr. Cook has filed for a number of technical patents relating to bio chemical processes and assay technology. Dr. Mary F. JOHNSON Michael E. LAIRD Dr. John R. REDMAN Michael B. STIEBER Dr. Ann SYSEL PharmaNet Promotes Senior VP, Biostatistics Worldwide,Selects Two Oncologists for Industry Recognized Division, Appoints Global Business Development Leader and Director of Neuroscience Operations PharmaNet, an international drug devel opment company, has promoted Mary F. John son, Ph.D., to senior VP, Biostatistics World wide. Dr. Johnson is one of the founders of PharmaNet and was most recently VP, bio statistics, and is a member of the PharmaNet executive committee. Dr. Johnson continues to manage statistical analysis and program ming activities and provide statistical consult ing services to PharmaNet’s clients. Before joining PharmaNet, Dr. Johnson served as a statistical consultant in the phar maceutical industry for more than 14 years, advising healthcare clients on both statistical and regulatory aspects of clinicaldevelopment programs. She also spent eight years at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Eval uation and Review (CDER) as a group leader and statistical reviewer in the Division of Bio metrics. “Dr. Johnson has built one of the best bio statistical departments in the industry,” says Jeffrey P. McMullen, chief operating officer of Princeton, N.J.based PharmaNet. “She is highly regarded by colleagues, and clients alike. We are very proud of Mary and wish her much continued success.” Dr. Johnson received her bachelor of sci ence degree in mathematics from Tufts Uni versity, and later acquired her master of public health in epidemiology and doctorate in bio statistics from Yale University. She has authored and coauthored numerous articles that have appeared in peerreviewed journals. In addition, Dr. Johnson has delivered many presentations on topics ranging from the relationship between cancer and radiation exposure, to statistical analyses and strategies for clinical trials. In other news, the international drug development company has added two oncolo gists to its growing oncology division. Since its inception in January 1999, the PharmaNet oncology division has established a reputation as one of the industry’s premier resources for conducting global oncology related clinical trials. Building on this success, PharmaNet has hired John R. Redman, MBA, FACP, and Dr. Ann Sysel, both of whom are based in the company’s main office in Prince ton, N.J. Dr. Redman, senior medical director of oncology, medical, and scientific affairs, is a boardcertified hematologist and oncologist. Dr. Redman has more than 22 years of experi ence, including 13 years of clinical experience at Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center in New York and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Additionally, Dr. Redman has nine years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, primarily at WyethAyerst where he supervised global clinical research programs. Dr. Sysel, medical director of oncology, medical and scientific affairs, is boardcertified in internal medicine and medical oncology, with experience in preclinical and clinical research. Before joining PharmaNet, Dr. Sysel was VP of medical services at Response Oncol ogy Inc. Dr. Sysel’s areas of expertise include medical oncology and hematology. She has additional training in epidemiology and autologous stemcell transplantation, among other areas. “We are pleased to welcome Drs. Redman and Sysel to our medical and scientific affairs team,” says Dr. Jeffrey Freitag, senior VP of medical and scientific affairs. “John and Ann are excellent additions to a professional staff of doctors who are dedicated to our clients’ clin ical development efforts.” In a separate announce ment, PharmaNet has appointed Michael E. Laird, R.Ph., as VP of worldwide business devel opment. Mr. Laird has more than 20 years of relevant 86 J u l y / A u g u s t 2 0 0 2 PharmaVOICE pharmaceutical and contractresearch indus try experience. Before joining PharmaNet, Mr. Laird was VP of new business develop ment with Kendle International where he was responsible for the organization, development and management of the company’s sales effort. “Michael has the experience and necessary skills to lead the PharmaNet business devel opment initiative,” says Mr. McMullen. “Michael shares our commitment to client sat isfaction and will work closely with all appro priate parties to deliver the highest possible level of client satisfaction.” Mr. Laird is a registered pharmacist. He attended the Clinical Pharmacy Program at Washington University and received his B.S. in pharmacy from St. Louis College of Phar macy in St. Louis. In addition, PharmaNet has appointed Michael B. Stieber as director of neuroscience operations. Mr. Stieber, who is based in the company’s San Diego office, has more than 12 years of contract research industry experience. Before joining PharmaNet, Mr. Stieber was a pro gram director with CroMedica and also held seniorlevel positions with Quintiles CNS Therapeutics where he specialized in a wide range of CNS studies. “We are very pleased to welcome Michael to the PharmaNet CNS division,” says David Hauser, Ph.D., senior director of clinical neu roscience operations and medical affairs “Michael has led a wide range of psychiatric and neurological studies throughout his career and has experience in overseeing projects from IND to NDA.” Drug Delivery POOL Dr. Donald E. MOREL Jr. West Pharmaceutical Services Promotes Key Executive to CEO Position West Pharmaceutical Services Inc., which applies proprietary technologies to enhance the effective administration of pharmaceutical and healthcare products, has promoted Don ald E. Morel Jr., Ph.D., 44, to CEO. Dr. Morel has served as West’s president and chief oper ating officer since May 2001 and retains the title of president. Dr. Morel succeeds William G. Little, who will continue as chairman until his retirement in the spring of 2003. Mr. Little, who joined West as CEO in 1991, plays a continuing role in the company’s business planning process, TALENT pool assists with management transition issues, and devotes time to specific projects assigned by the company’s board of directors. Dr. Morel began his career at Lionville, Pa. based West in 1992 as VP of scientific ser vices, responsible for global research and development activities. Subsequently he held a number of key executive positions. From 1998 to 1999 he served as group president in charge of worldwide operations for the compa ny’s core components business. In 1999, he was appointed division president of drug delivery systems, and in May 2001 became president and chief operating officer. Dr. Morel was elected to the company’s board of directors in March 2002. Mr. Little says, “West Pharmaceutical Ser vices is now wellpositioned to become a lead ing drugdelivery company. I have every con fidence that Don and the management team will effectively execute our corporate strategy and bring value to our shareholders.” Emerging POOL Frank BAMBAROLA Timothy MCKINLAY Protarga Announces Additions in Oncology and Clinical Development Moving to progress its product pipeline, Protarga Inc. has appointed Frank Bambarola to the position of VP of oncology, and Timothy McKinlay to the position of senior director of clinical operations. Mr. Bambarola is charged with leading Pro targa’s efforts to establish strategic collaborations and pursue the global reg istration and commercial ization of the company’s oncology drugs. Initially, his focus will be on Taxo prexin Injection, Protar ga’s lead Targaceutical product candidate for the treatment of certain cancers. Mr. Bambarola reports to Nigel Webb, Ph.D., chairman, president, and CEO of Pro targa, based in King of Prussia, Pa. Mr. McKinlay is responsible for directing clinical operations and reports to Lee Schacter, M.D., Ph.D., senior VP of clinical development. Protarga is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company that is developing new drugs for the treatment of cancer, CNS disorders, and infec tious diseases. Protarga’s product candidates employ the company’s proprietary Targaceuti cal platform technology, which entails chemi cally linking a specific fatty acid molecule to a pharmaceutical agent. The fatty acid acts as a targeting vehicle, or vector, to increase drug uptake by the cells intended for treatment and to sustain a localized therapeutic concentra tion in those cells for longer periods. “We are pleased to welcome Frank and Tim to Protarga,” Dr. Webb says. “They will play key roles in the continued progress of our Taxoprexin program from its current Phase II clinical status and in drugdevelopment decisions regarding other compounds entering clinical studies.” Mr. Bambarola joins Protarga with more than 20 years of experience at BristolMyers Squibb in its oncology/immunology division, where he held a variety of positions in medical and regulatory affairs, business development, and marketing. Most recently, he held the position of asso ciate director of medical affairs. While at Bris tolMyers Squibb, Mr. Bambarola was directly involved in the registration and launch of sev eral drugs and various licensing transactions. Before joining Protarga, Mr. McKinlay held the position of contract clinicalresearch manager at AstraZeneca and was responsible for the overall global clinical operations for two antiangiogenesis product candidates for the treatment of cancer. Previously, Mr. McKinlay was contract senior clinical scientist at BristolMyers Squibb. Robert A.LOBOSCO LifeSpan BioSciences Names Former Leader in Merck’s Global IT Organization as Chief Information Officer LifeSpan BioSciences Inc., a world leader in the emerging fields of molecular pathology and tissue proteomics, has selected Robert A. LoBosco as VP and chief information officer. Mr. LoBosco, who most recently was the VP of software engineering at Hotjobs.com, worked from 1997 to 1999 as a senior leader in infor mation technology at Merck & Co., where he led global initiatives to streamline that com pany’s businesscritical IT infrastructure. “We are delighted to gain an IT executive with the substantial pharmaceutical and scien tific computing background of Robert LoBosco,” says Joseph Brown, Ph.D., president and CEO at Seattlebased LifeSpan. “His first hand understanding of the IT needs of major pharmaceutical research firms will help us con tinue to augment the value of our offerings.” Before joining Merck, Mr. LoBosco ran a software consulting company that developed satellite software systems for NASA and the Department of Defense, including work on a Mars orbiter, from 1990 to 1997. His career in software engineering started at Sikorsky Aircraft where he developed battleground simulation software for U.S. Army attack helicopters. Mr. LoBosco received a B.S. in computer engineer ing from the University of Bridgeport, Conn. 87 PharmaVOICE J u l y / Au g u s t 2 0 02 Supplier POOL Paul MIGNON Ventiv Health US Sales Names Senior VP, Business Development and Marketing Ventiv Health, a leading provider of com prehensive marketing and sales solutions to the pharmaceutical and lifesciences indus tries, names Paul Mignon as senior VP, busi ness development and marketing, Ventiv Health US Sales. Mr. Mignon’s extensive pharmaceutical experience includes more than 12 years with Johnson & Johnson, most recently as director of sales at Ortho Neutrogena Inc. Mr. Mignon also has held senior positions at Ortho Derma tological where he also served as a board mem ber. He earned a B.A. in history and eco nomics from Lafayette College. “We are very pleased that Paul will lead this critical position at Ventiv Health US Sales,” says Terry Herring, president, Ventiv Health US Sales. “His depth and breadth of experience further strengthens Ventiv’s ability to provide the highest quality service in the industry.” Service POOL Greg AMAROSO Jason R. EPSTEIN Jennifer LINDEN ISITE Adds to Team Amid Continued Growth As it continues to grow, ISITE, an Inter net development and consulting firm special izing in the online marketing of products for healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and consumer TALENT pool products, has appointed Jason R. Epstein as senior strategist. Mr. Epstein leads the development of brand strategies for new and existing clients. He also assists in the formulation of strategies for I SITE’s new products, services, and ventures. Before joining ISITE, Mr. Epstein was principal consultant with Epstein Consulting, where he provided management consulting, strategic analysis, and ebusiness planning ser vices to Fortune 500 and growthoriented companies. Mr. Epstein holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from New York University. The company also welcomes Jennifer Lin den, senior interactive designer, and Greg Amaroso, programmer, to the company. In her position as senior interactive design er, Ms. Linden is responsi ble for overseeing all clientdesign projects. Before joining Philadel phiabased ISITE, she was an interactive design er at CD Now and Qwest Interactive, as well as a graphic designer at Disc makers and Philadelphia City Paper. Ms. Linden is a graduate of the Univer sity of the Arts. Mr. Amaroso is responsible for Web application and database development, as well as server administration. Before this position, he worked as a program mer for the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., Mr. Amaroso graduated from The Pennsylvania State University. “This is an exciting time of growth for I SITE,” says Ian Cross, CEO of ISITE. “We are pleased to add to our team of Internet profes sionals whose combined skills and experience will help us continue to deliver creative, cost effective Internet marketing solutions for our clients.” Robert A.CECERE MDchoice Selects Proven Achiever to Head Sales and Marketing MDchoice Inc., a lead ing provider of medical and health information on the Web, has appointed Robert Cecere to the posi tion of executive VP of sales and marketing. Mr. Cecere, who joined the company in early 2000 as VP of sales, is responsible for the overall sales management and marketing of MDchoice, including introducing and expanding new Internetbased elearning marketing programs to help pharmaceutical companies expand their reach to both health care professionals and consumers. “Bob’s knowledge of both the Internet and pharmaceutical marketing, combined with his exceptional sales capabilities, has helped to drive the overall success and growth of the company,” says Ash Nashed, M.D., CEO of Somerset, N.J.based MDchoice. “In his two years with us, he has grown our client base to include eight major pharmaceutical compa nies representing a broad range of professional and consumer initiatives, while significantly increasing the company’s revenue and profits.” Dr. Nashed adds that Mr. Cecere helped manage a smooth transition when the compa ny acquired HealthScout.com and HealthCen tral.com last year. Before joining MDchoice, Mr. Cecere was senior VP of Physician’s Online, one of the first and most successful Internet service providers for physicianonly subscribers. He also spent three years at Formedic Communi cations, a company that develops and produces patient record and registration forms for physicians and consumers. A graduate of the William Paterson Uni versity, Mr. Cecere holds a B.A. in business administration. Dr. Douglas COWART James R. KREJCI Vincent S. LAGROTTERIA Medifacts International Announces Executive Appointments Medifacts International, a global leader in the management of cardiovascular, renal, and pulmonary clinical development programs for the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries, has announced several man agement changes. Vincent S. Lagrotteria has been named executive director of sales and marketing, assuming global sales and marketing responsi bilities for the company’s two divisions, Clin ical Research Services and noninvasive Core Laboratory Services. Mr. Lagrotteria will use his extensive experience in strategic planning and execution of strategic objectives to lever age Medifacts International’s expertise in the cardiac space. Before joining Rockville, Md. based Medifacts International, Mr. Lagrotteria was the executive director of business develop ment for latephase studies at Quintiles. While working at Quintiles in the capacity of senior director of business development for the medicaldevice division, he helped increase sales and proposals pending by 650% and increased the hit rate from 17% to 41%. Mr. Lagrotteria holds a MBA from Loyola College of Maryland, with a concentration and honors in marketing. James R. Krejci has been named as chief financial officer of Medifacts. Mr. Krejci assumes financial, legal, and administrative responsibilities for the company’s global opera tions. Mr. Krejci has extensive experience in architecting firms in domestic and internation al markets, raising debt and equity, and build ing international alliances. With Burson Marsteller, a consulting division of the WPP Group, Mr. Krejci led finance and operations for the Emerging Markets Group and was instrumental in expanding the division by 300% in three years. Mr. Krejci speaks German and Russian and holds a MBA in international finance from the American Graduate School of International ManagementThunderbird. Douglas Cowart, Pharm.D., has been named as executive director and chief operat ing officer of Medical Therapeutics Consul tants, a new venture affiliated with Medifacts International. MTC is a drug and medical device consulting firm specializing in the strategic and regulatory support of product development programs in the cardiac (nonin terventional and interventional), renal, pul monary, and neurological markets. In his new role, Dr. Cowart will lead a team of nationally recognized experts in regulatory science, med ical therapeutics, intellectual property assess ment, and venture capital funding. MTC will assist small to midsized drugdevelopment firms reach optimal potential by leveraging their programs through the shortest and most economical pathways to market. Dr. Cowart has 25 years of experience in leading research programs in academia, industry and the con tract service arena. Before this appointment, Dr. Cowart was the executive director of cor porate development at Medifacts Internation al. Dr. Cowart holds a Pharm.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina. John M.DARCY Gretchen L. JAHN Aegis Analytical Names President and CEO and strengthens executive management team Aegis Analytical Corp., a provider of soft ware solutions and expertise for pharmaceuti cal and biotechnology manufacturers, has named John M. Darcy as president and CEO. The move strengthens Aegis’ executive man agement team and enables Gretchen L. Jahn, one of Aegis’ cofounders, to focus her energy on directing relations with customers, part ners, and other external groups as Aegis extends its reach to additional key customers, as well as technical and business partners. Ms. Jahn serves as executive VP of corporate devel 88 J u l y / A u g u s t 2 0 0 2 PharmaVOICE TALENT pool opment, while maintaining an active role as chairman of the board. Mr. Darcy, who has served as an advisor to Aegis for the past three years, has more than 25 years of experience in management and leadership of Fortune 50 companies and start ups. Previously, he was president and CEO at Avis Enterprises. Before that, he was VP and group general manager for three divisions at Carnation/Nestle, and senior director of mar keting for Pillsbury. Ms. Darcy helped launch Aegis’ Discover ant, the only enterprisewide solutions with a complete view of the manufacturing opera tions that provides direct, pointandclick access to data for quick translation into useable intelligence. The technology is used by such pharma companies as Aventis Pharma. Bill ENGLE TrialCard Selects Chief Information Officer to Respond to Clients’ Needs TrialCard Inc., a privately held transaction services company focused on the pharmaceuti cal industry, has appointed Bill Engle as VP and chief information officer of the company. In this position, Mr. Engle is actively involved in aligning information technology with the corporate business plan, developing the infrastructure and system architecture, and com municating business rules and requirements to external/internal application developers. Most recently, Mr. Engle held the position of director of commercial information man agement. “Joining the TrialCard management team is a terrific opportunity,” Mr. Engle says. “The company’s business strategy is clearly striking a chord with pharmaceutical companies and other critical medical segments. My role is to ensure a service and resultsoriented infras tructure that is responsive to business needs and changes in priorities.” “Bill’s leadership and overarching vision for our data interface requirements has already made a measurable impact,” says David Cunningham, CEO of Raleigh, N.C.based TrialCard. Lisa KINDIG SMC Promotes Institute Director to Expand Qualitative Practice Strategic Marketing Corp., which delivers customized programs of highvalue strategic research to pharmaceutical and medical product companies, has named Lisa Kindig as VP of its Qualitative Institute. Ms. Kindig, the director of SMC’s Qualitative Institute since 2000, has been instrumental in the expansion of the qual itative practice at SMC, including the develop ment and implementation of innovative research techniques including PharmaForum, an Internetfocused group discussion tech nique. She also has been responsible for the development of internal training courses. Before joining SMC, Ms. Kindig served as senior project director and team leader for Harris Interactive’s Qualitative Research Prac tice. She also founded her own service business and has instructed at Cornell University, Uni versity of Delaware, Fontbonne College, and Hope College. “Lisa has made a valuable contribution to expanding SMC’s qualitative capabilities over the past several years, leading the Qualitative Institute to new levels of innovation, expertise and, original thinking,” says Bill McKenna, Ph.D., president and CEO of Bala Cynwyd, Pa. based SMC, a NOPWorld Health company. “She has developed a staff of excellent researchers who are respected within the industry,” adds Terri Maciolek, Ph.D., senior VP of SMC. Aaron LEVIN Dr. Ryan NGUYEN Jason RUSSO Dr. Stephanie SANSONI Medicalliance Hires Manager of Scientific Affairs,Account Manager Medicalliance Inc., a medical education agency, has brought on board four staff mem bers — Ryan Nguyen, Pharm.D., in the capacity of manager of scientific affairs, Jason Russo as account manager, and Aaron Levin and Stephanie B. Sansoni, M.D., as medical writers/editors. Dr. Nguyen provides scientific and clinical expertise, perspective, and direction to sup port the educational and promotional needs of Medicalliance’s pharmaceutical industry part ners. He also ensures the scientific accuracy and clinical appropriateness of tactical initia tives, and provides perspective on the health care audiences. After completing his doctor of pharmacy at the University of Maryland, Dr. Nguyen served as the director of pharmacy for McKessonHBOC Medmanagement Med LINK Hospital & Nursing Center in Wash ington, D.C. He also worked as the pharmacy operations manager at Holy Cross Hospital where he supervised 17 clinical pharmacists and 15 pharmacy technicians. As a director of pharmacy, Dr. Nguyen had the opportunity to establish pharmacy policies and procedures, manage medication use processes, and develop and implement hospital formulary. Meanwhile, Mr. Russo brings more than seven years of experience in the medical edu cation and pharmaceutical industries to Columbia, Md.based Medicalliance. Previously, Mr. Russo was the program manager of Medical Economics Co. There, he managed the development and implementa tion of projects for various medical magazines and journals, including Medical Economics, JAAPA, and Patient Care. Within these roles, Mr. Russo organized CME and CE programs delivered via symposia, magazine supple ments, and Webcasts. Mr. Russo graduated from Kutztown Uni versity in Pennsylvania in 1994 with a B.A. in speech communication. Mr. Levin is responsible for researching, writing, and editing a variety of medical edu cation materials, liaising with authors and speakers, preparing speakers, and assuring sci entific integrity in writing projects. Mr. Levin, who received his M.A. in pub lication design from the University of Baltimore, has taught collegelevel photography and science writing courses. Dr. Sansoni works with physicians, nurses, and other health professionals on monographs, journal articles, and symposia pro grams, and assists with the production of educational and training programs. Licensed in Maryland, Dr. Sansoni is boarded in pedi atrics. A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she is the author of numerous publications and presenta tions, most recently several chapters in the Pediatric Clinical Advisor. Dr. Sansoni received her M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1996. She completed her residency in pedi atrics and adolescent medicine at the Univer sity of Rochester School of Medicine. She then spent a year as pediatric chief resident. Before joining Medicalliance, Dr. Sansoni was a member of a group pediatric practice in Tow son, Md. Stephen GERARD Robert REBAK SimStar Announces Management Reorganizations David Reim, founder of SimStar Internet Solutions, a provider of Internetbased mar keting solutions for the pharmaceutical indus try, announced an executive management reor ganization. “This reorganization will place key deci 89 PharmaVOICE J u l y / Au g u s t 2 0 02 TALENT pool sionmakers at SimStar in roles that will support the winning combination of innovation, strategy, and delivery that SimStar has become known for,” Mr. Reim says. Robert Rebak assumes the role of president of SimStar Internet Solu tions, Princeton, N.J. Mr. Rebak is charged with the overall success of the busi ness, and his primary responsibility is to deter mine which strategic company investments will continue to deliver outstanding value to SimStar’s clients and their end customers over the longer term. “Rob and I have great history,” says Mr. Reim, who remains the company’s CEO. “We go back to 1996, early on in SimStar’s time as the Internet agency of record for Claritin. Rob was our client at ScheringPlough, and our success there was the beginning of our rapid rise to prominence. Since early 1999, Rob has been a partner and board member at SimStar, and a driving force behind our success in the industry. His broad pharmaceutical back ground has enabled his understanding of how the Internet fits and continues to grow in importance in the pharmaceutical marketing mix. He is the right person to enable and com municate our corporate mission of helping our pharmaceutical clients optimize the relation ships with their customers through a motivat ing online experience.” Mr. Rebak reflects on a key reason for this management reorganization, “With this change, Dave plans to relinquish many of the business decisions and give himself the space to focus on the future of ehealth. He’s been an incredibly articulate voice for the promise of interactive healthcare, but as we’ve grown, the demands of the business have started to take time away from his core competency of innovation.” The additional executive change places the responsibility of company operational effec tiveness with Stephen Gerard. Before joining SimStar two years ago as senior VP, commercial operations, Mr. Gerard spent seven years at IMS Health in manage ment roles such as VP of account management and group director of the IMS technology con sulting group. Jeffrey SPRINGER Former Senior FDA Official Joins Kendle Subsidiary AAC Consulting Group Former senior Food and Drug Administra tion official, Jeffrey Springer joins AAC Con sulting Group — the regulatory/validation consulting subsidiary of fullservice contract research organization Kendle International Inc. — as senior consultant and special coun sel to the president. Mr. Springer will provide strategic regula tory compliance advice to clients on matters related to FDA regulations. “Jeff’s FDA experience and pharmaceutical industry background are a great asset to Kendle and AAC as we continue to focus on expanding our regulatory consulting busi ness,” says Dr. Candace Kendle, chairman and CEO of Cincinnatibased Kendle. “Jeff will play an important role in our efforts to help pharmaceutical companies comply with FDA regulatory standards governing new drug development and manufacturing.” Mr. Springer brings to AAC more than 30 years experience as an attorney in the FDA Office of Chief Counsel. He most recently was senior advisor to the chief counsel and before holding that position served 20 years as deputy chief counsel. In these positions, he provided legal and regulatory advice to FDA senior management covering the full range of FDAregulated products and a wide variety of legal and regulatory issues and situations. Mr. Springer earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from George Washington University. Lyn WIESINGER IMS Selects Industry Veteran as Senior VP of U.S.Marketing With responsibility for marketing initiatives, product introductions, and brand management activities in the U.S., Lyn Wiesinger joins IMS Health as senior VP of U.S. marketing. Ms. Wiesinger’s phar maceutical industry career spans more than 20 years, including senior marketing and product management roles at Pfizer, RhnePoulenc Rorer, and BristolMyers Squibb. Most recent ly, she served as managing director of Strategic Designs LLC, an independent consulting firm, where she worked on marketing and business strategies for a variety of pharmaceutical and venture capital clients. “As IMS drives growth through greater innovation, responsiveness, and customer focus, Lyn is the ideal executive to lead our U.S. marketing operation,” says Gary Noon, president of Fairfield, Conn.based IMS, a leading provider of information solutions to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. “Her proven marketing leadership skills and extensive understanding of the pharmaceutical industry — coupled with a track record of suc cess in product introductions, business devel opment, and innovative branding initiatives — will enrich our organization.” Before joining Strategic Designs, Ms. Wiesinger served as VP of U.S. cardiovascular marketing for BristolMyers Squibb, follow ing her previous position there as VP of glob al marketing, infectious diseases. In these roles, she led the development of new portfo lio and marketing strategies, licensed and launched new compounds and strengthened organizational effectiveness. Ms. Wiesinger is based in Plymouth Meet ing, Pa. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a MBA in marketing and strategic planning from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsyl vania. William WILSON M2 CommunicationsTaps Pharmaceutical Executive as VP of Client Services Culminating 15 successful years of sales, marketing, and meeting management in the pharmaceutical industry, William Wilson joins M2 Communications Inc., a medical commu nications company based in Jersey City, N.J., as VP of client services. M2 Communications is a leader in the tactical development of innovative, highimpact medical education programs for the pharmaceutical industry. In his new posi tion, Mr. Wilson consults with pharmaceutical clients to determine their communications needs, and design customized solutions using new, traditional, and live media. Communica tions services range from video, symposia, monographs and custom publications to cut tingedge electronic initiatives such as interac tive media. Mr. Wilson also supports business development and the salesforce. Mr. Wilson has held positions at leading pharmaceutical companies, including Merck, Aventis, and WyethAyerst. For the past five years, he was with Merck & Co., most recent ly as associate director, respiratory marketing. In this capacity, he managed advocacy devel opment with leading physicians, professional, and patient organizations in the respiratory field to promote Singulair’ Merck’s market leading drug for asthma. He also had respon sibility for publication planning, medical edu cation/CME projects, physician advisory boards, and overseeing field resources. At Aventis (then RhnePoulenc Rorer), he held positions as marketing product manager, area sales manager, and regional sales training specialist. Before RhnePoulenc Rorer, Mr. Wilson was a professional sales representative for WyethAyerst. He holds a master of sci ence degree from Ohio University and bache lor of science degree from Wright State Uni versity. 90 J u l y / A u g u s t 2 0 0 2 PharmaVOICE TALENT pool Media POOL Jamie BLOCHER Jon HAGGERTY MD net guide Hires Two New National Accounts Managers MD net guide, which integrates both elec tronic and print media to provide physicians with userfriendly access to online medical content, has hired two new national accounts managers. Jamie Blocher comes to MD net guide from Primedia Publishing’s Internet division. Before Primedia, Mr. Blocher worked for Pri mary Knowledge, a Web analytics firm. He graduated with honors from the School of Business at the State University of New York at Albany. Jon Haggerty has three years experience as a sales consultant within the cardiovascular division of Novartis Pharmaceuticals. He holds a B.S. in business administration from Kutztown University with a concentration in management and marketing. MD net guide, Plainsboro, N.J., is the flag ship publication of Intellisphere LLC. Kyle Marie CERVONE Cheryl CLAYTON Alefiyah DANISH Susan R. GRIMES Dr. David HARTREE Jeffrey MUFSON Dr. Cedric O’GORMAN Mark SCHAFFER Tim SCHUH Thomson Physicians World Cements Expansion With Staff Appointments Thomson Physicians World, which recent ly announced a relocation, has added several staff to its business. New account management appointments at the company include Cedric O’Gorman, M.D., as associate medical director for the Strategic Solutions group, and Susan R. Grimes, NP, as director, account management, for the GeoMed Global Communications group. Dr. O’Gorman previously was an asso ciate in the department of information services and later in the department of scientific ser vices at Phase Five Communications, where he was actively involved in the research and exe cution of marketing programs for numerous pharmaceutical companies. Dr. O’Gorman brings to PW significant expertise in strategic product marketing in such areas as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and HIV. Ms. Grimes formerly was director of client services at Galen. Among new program and speakers bureau staff are, Jeffrey Mufson, previously director of customer service at Exario Networks, who joins the company as account director. Kyle Marie Cervone, formerly marketing manager at Pharmedica Communications LLC, joins GeoMed Global Communications group as program director. Also at the company, Alefiyah Danish, for merly a program manager at Paraxel, joins PW as a program manager. PW also has made several editorial appointments recently. David Hartree, Ph.D., is a medical writer for the company’s GeoMed Global Communications group. Cheryl Clayton, senior editor, comes to PW from Bimark Medical Communications. Previous to joining PW, Ms. Clayton was an editor for managed healthcare, pharmaceuti cal, and continuing education programs and publications. Among key promotions, Tim Schuh, has been named director of program management for PW’s GeoMed Global Communications group. Mr. Schuh, who was group program direc tor, leads the entire program group and is responsible for developing program proce dures at GeoMed. Before this appointment, Mr. Schuh served as interim CME director Professional Post graduate Services, and his most recent experi ences include implementation of the 2nd International Congress on Immunosuppres sion and men’s health initiatives in the areas of erectile dysfunction and benign prostatic hyperplasia. In a separate announcement, PW has selected Mark Schaffer, EdM, as one of two chief accreditation surveyors appointed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medi cal Education. Mr. Schaffer is VP of continu ing medical education for PW’s ACCME accredited division, Professional Postgraduate Services. The chief surveyor role was created by the ACCME to support its 100 volunteer survey ors. Mr. Schaffer works closely with the ACCME staff to integrate new policies and programs, improve the accreditation process, and help train its surveyors. Before joining Physicians World, Mr. Schaffer was executive director for continuing medical education at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He has been an ACCME accreditation surveyor for seven years, is a member of the ACCME “Essentials” workshop faculty, and was former ly a member of the ACCME’s Monitoring Committee. Phyllis HASSARD Dennis O’NEILL Thomson Medical Economics Promotes Executive to VP of Industry Relations and Appoints Marketing Director Thomson Medical Economics has promoted Phyllis Hassard to VP of industry relations within the Medical Education and Communi cations Group, and has appointed Dennis O’Neill as senior director of marketing and brand management at MECG. Ms. Hassard began her sales career with Medical Economics in 1976 when she became the first woman to be appointed to a sales posi tion. She quickly established a standard for sales professionalism with an emphasis on cus tomer relations and service. Since then, she has served as accounts manager and national accounts manager for a number of Thomson Medical Economics titles, including Drug Top ics and Patient Care. Last February, Ms. Hassard was promoted to director of industry relations in recogni tion of her unsurpassed network of client relationships. Ms. Hassard’s dedication and commitment has led to more than 25 years of outstanding sales achievement including numerous acco lades. In 1993, she was honored as Advertising Sales Representative of the Year by the Associ ation of Medical Publishers. Ms. Hassard was the first recipient of the Dick Cenar Award in 1999, Thomson Medical Economics’ highest sales award. In 2000, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association named her their rising star for accomplishments that make a difference in the industry and inspire others. “Phyllis Hassard is a special person who has long been regarded as a pioneer within this organization and our industry at large,” says Terrence W. Meacock, senior VP at Montvale, N.J.based MECG. “Her efforts have enabled us to position ourselves to better meet the ever changing needs of our customers. Her latest promotion is recognition of the importance of the role she plays.” Separately, Mr. O’Neill is responsible for circulation, research and promotion, and the overall brand management of the specialty 91 PharmaVOICE J u l y / Au g u s t 2 0 02 TALENT pool magazine group, including Contemporary OB/GYN, Contemporary Pediatrics, Contemporary Urology, JAAPA, The Business &Health Insti tute, and patientcarenp.com. Before joining Thom son Medical Economics, Mr. O’Neill was publisher of Editor & Publisher mag azine, the leading trade publication in the news paper industry, where he managed three print pub lications, various confer ences (including the Interactive Newspaper Conference) and the Website. Mr. O’Neill earned a B.S. degree in accounting from Marist College. He is a mem ber of the advisory board of the Communica tions School of Marist College. Kenneth D.WATKINS Clinicians Group Promotes AwardWinning Sales Representative to Associate Publisher The Clinicians Group, a Jobson company, has promoted Kenneth D. Watkins III to the posi tion of associate publisher of BMJ USA and both the Primary Care and Gynecology editions of Women’s Health in Primary Care. Mr. Watkins, a past winner of the Associa tion of Medical Publications’ Sales Represen tative of the Year award, joined the Clifton, N.J.based company in 1998 as the advertis ing sales representative for Women’s Health in Primary Care and was subsequently promoted to the position of national sales manager in 2000. In addition to playing a key role in the growth of Women’s Health, Mr. Watkins has taken a lead role in the successful launches of both BMJ USA and Women’s Health in Primary Care—Gynecology Edition. In this new position, he is responsible for both the daytoday sales and marketing activ ities for all three publications. Women’s Health in Primary Care, launched in 1998, provides information on the wide spec trum of disorders affecting women. BMJ USA is a monthly evidencebased journal distributed to 95,000 U.S.based physicians. BMJ USA is the American edition of the British Medical Journal. BMJ USA was launched in February 2001 through a collaborative effort between the Clinicians Group and the British Medical Association. Agency POOL Tina CLEMENS Bryan DELMORE Rosalie DEW Suzanne GOSS Brett HALBLEIB Erin HASLINGER John HOFMEISTER Kimberly POTTERF AnneMarie WEBER inChord Continues to Build With New Staff Members Across Its Divisions inChord Communications Inc., one of the largest independent marketing communica tions organizations in the world, has brought on board several new staff members across its businesses. At Gerbig, Snell/Weisheimer, inChord’s fullservice marketing and communications agency, Tina Clemens has been named account supervisor. Ms. Clemens serves as liaison between the client and creative team for one of GSW’s consumer accounts. Before joining GSW, she was director of client services for TenUnited. Ms. Clemens received a bachelor’s degree in agri cultural economics from The Ohio State Univer sity. Bryan Delmore has been named account exec utive. Mr. Delmore is responsible for all the daytoday account work load for one of GSW’s pharmaceutical accounts. Before GSW, he was account executive in cor porate communications for Golin/Harris International in Chicago. Mr. Delmore earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Rosalie Dew has been named medical information specialist. She is responsible for researching, writing, reviewing, and present ing various scientific and/or technical docu mentations for specific agency healthcare accounts. Before GSW, Ms. Dew was a nurse manager at The James Cancer Hospital, and also served on the recruitment and retention committee and was instrumental in redesign ing the nursing orientation program. Ms. Dew earned a nursing degree from the Mount Carmel School of Nursing. Brett Halbleib has been named editorial manager. He is responsible for hiring, training, and managing editorial assistants and assisting the director of product management program services in various capacities. Before coming to GSW, Mr. Halbleib was the national and for eign affairs editor for The Indianapolis Star. Mr. Halbleib received a bachelor’s degree in jour nalism and creative writing from Bradley Uni versity in Peoria, Ill. Erin Haslinger has been named art director. Ms. Haslinger manages teams responsible for the concept, design, presentation, execution, and production of all projects for assigned accounts. Before GSW, she was senior art direc tor for the Ryan Partnership. Ms. Haslinger earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Bowling Green State University. John Hofmeister has been named creative team leader. He is responsible for managing overall quality, deadlines, and budgets of cre ative work for one of GSW’s pharmaceutical accounts. Mr. Hofmeister previously held the position of executive creative director for The Axis Group. Mr. Hofmeister earned a bache lor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in English from The Ohio State University. Kimberly Potterf has been named associate art director. Ms. Potterf assists in all stages of product development, including renderings, layout, illustration, photo direction, and pre sentation. Prior to GSW, she worked as custom publishing designer for Ohio Magazine. Ms. Potterf earned a bachelor’s degree in specialized studies from Ohio University in visual com munications and advertising/journalism. AnneMarie Weber has been named corpo rate communications coordinator. She is responsible for providing daytoday internal communications among inChord companies. Ms. Weber earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Otterbein College, Ohio. At the company’s Y division, which offers strategic consulting and branding services, Suzanne Goss has been named senior VP, branding director. At Y, Ms. Goss’ responsibilities include facilitating branding workshops, developing new business opportunities, designing brand ing strategies, creating workshop exercises to meet specific client needs, and generating names for products, franchises, and companies. Before joining Y, Ms. Goss served as senior VP, associate creative director, at Sudler & Hennessey Communications, where she led the creative strategy on a wide variety of accounts, including Nolvadex, Dove, Intron A, Viread, and Colgate Total toothpaste. 92 J u l y / A u g u s t 2 0 0 2 PharmaVOICE TALENT pool Before S&H, she held positions as VP, group copy supervisor, at Klemtner Advertis ing and as a creative supervisor at J. Walter Thompson Healthcare. In those roles, Ms. Goss gained creative and strategic planning experi ence on products including Prozac, Premarin, Prempro and Premphase, Kodak Imaging, and DaunoXome. She also has been involved in corporate launches and image campaigns for clients such as Vestar, Triangle Pharmaceuti cals, the American Liver Foundation, and Johnson & Johnson Clinical Diagnostics. “Suzanne brings an outstanding depth and breadth of knowledge to Y,” says Vince Parry, president of Manhattanbased Y. “Her under standing of the pharmaceutical industry and her insight into effective branding strategies will be a tremendous asset to the team.” Akosua APENTENG Kerry BAKER Bridget DONOHUE Amy GOLDMAN Dr. Ira MILLS Michelle MORGAN Wesley SPARKS John VASSILIOU Christopher WORATH Accel Brings New Staff Members on Board,Promotes Several Others Accel Healthcare Communications has announced several new additions to its staff as well as a number of promotions. Ira Mills, Ph.D., joins as scientific director. Dr. Mills formerly was scientific director at Ventiv Health Communications. Christopher Worath comes to Accel as a senior account executive, having formerly held the position of account executive at Sudler & Hennessey. Akosua Apenteng has been named as a financial analyst, having previously been a financial analyst at BMG Entertainment. Amy Goldman joins as an account supervi sor. Before joining Accel, Ms. Goldman was a senior account executive at Phase Five Com munications Inc. Wesley Sparks has been named associate director of meeting services and utilization management. Mr. Sparks formerly was VP, director of operations and meeting services, at International Meetings and Science. Among promotions within Accel, Kerry Baker and Michelle Morgan both become senior account executives from account execu tives. Bridget Donohue has been promoted to account executive from assistant account exec utive. John Vassiliou becomes senior publica tions editor having been a publications editor. Alfred ASSIN Gene M.CAVAZOS Renee MELLAS Michael UNGLO Wishbone Adds Staff to Match Explosive Growth WishboneITP, a young Manhattanbased pharmaceutical advertising agency, has signed several industry talents to join its team. Renee Mellas, formerly a senior VP at Lyons Lavey Nickel Swift, has signed on as executive VP, director of client services, bring ing with her a new dimension in strategic thinking and client service. Also joining the management team is Gene M. Cavazos, who adds his expertise in CME, medical education, and a variety of therapeutic categories from his time as senior VP at Genecom, the medical education divi sion of Robert A. Becker. Mr. Cavazos is exec utive VP, director of medical education mar keting, a new division at Wishbone. Alfred Assin has been named associate cre ative director, art. He comes to Wishbone after stints at, most recently, Slover and Co., Frank furt Balkind Partners, and, before that, Daniel Scharfman Design. Michael Unglo is Wishbone’s new VP, asso ciate creative director, copy. Mr. Unglo comes to Wishbone from Medicus New York. Brooke BLAIR Tory CENAJ Monica Noce KANAREK Laura KIPPEN Carlos LOPEZ Jim PAWLOWSKI Dorothy SCOTT Theresa VERA Growth at Donahoe Purohit Miller prompts hiring,promotions Continued growth at Donahoe Purohit Miller, a Chicagobased healthcare communi cations company, has prompted hiring and promotions in all of its divisions. New arrivals at Donahoe Purohit Miller include Jim Pawlowski as manager of digital communications. In addition, Monica Noce Kanarek was promoted to executive VP from VP of creative services. DPM’s market research arm, Fact Flow Research, also has experienced growth, adding Laura Kippen as senior director of marketing research, and Carlos Lopez as man ager data collection. In DPM’s medical education division, CPE Communications, new hires include Dorothy Scott and Theresa Vera as senior medical writers of the creative group, and Tory Cenaj as project director. Brooke Blair has been promoted to pro ject manager from associate project manager. Andrea CITARELLI Dr. Linda GIERING Rachel TEHRANI Sherry NOVEMBRE Jennifer VOTTA Catalyst Communications Selects Pharmaceutical Marketing Veteran to Head Medical Education; Announces Promotions Pharmaceutical marketing veteran Linda Giering, Ph.D., joins Catalyst Communica tions Inc., a fullservice healthcare communi cations agency, as VP and director of medical education. “Linda’s depth of knowledge gained from years in senior scientific and marketing positions within the pharmaceuti cal industry translates into enormous value for our clients,” says Rod Mehling, chairman and chief operating officer of Catalyst Communi cations. “Her perspective is especially valuable having worked on both the client and agency sides of the business. Linda’s passion for under standing the needs of clients and their cus tomers resonates clearly in the quality of her work. We’re thrilled to add her topnotch sci entific talent to our pool of staff healthcare communications professionals.” Before joining South Plainfield, N.J.based Catalyst, Dr. Giering held the position of VP, strategy and new business development at Ingenix, where she developed numerous key opinion leader and advocacy programs, publi cation strategies, and tactical plans. Previously, she was director of research and development of the InVitro Diagnostics Divi sion, and product manager for key radiophar 94 J u l y / A u g u s t 2 0 0 2 PharmaVOICE TALENT pool maceutical imaging agents at New England Nuclear Corp. as well as DuPont Pharmaceu ticals. An active member of the professional advocacy community, Dr. Giering was instrumental in the establishment of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, a professional medical soci ety dedicated to fostering optimal delivery of nuclear cardiology services through developing standards of professional education and training, establishing guide lines for the clinical performance of nuclear cardiology, and the promotion of nuclear car diology research. Dr. Giering also has served as a consultant on the Medical Education Steering Commit tee for the American College of Cardiology, a professional society of more than 25,000 car diovascular physicians and scientists. Elsewhere in the healthcare agency, Andrea Citarelli has been promoted to VP and group project director. Ms. Citarelli was previously group project director at the agency. Ms. Citarelli, who joined Catalyst in 1999, will draw on her 15 years of client and agency pharmaceutical marketing experience to lead medical education accounts for Catalyst’s key clients. Recently she has developed and managed programs on behalf of Berlex Laboratories in support of Betaseron (interferon beta1b), Campath (alemtuzumab), and Fludara (flu darabine), which is indicated for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Ms. Citarelli’s diverse pharmaceutical back ground includes positions as creative director, visual information systems, and assistant man ager of promotion for Roche Laboratories, where she worked in dermatology, infectious disease, oncology, and HIV/AIDS. In other promotions at the agency, Jennifer Votta has been named associate project direc tor, from her previous position of senior pro ject manager. Ms. Votta, who joined Catalyst in 1998, handles medical education assign ments for Betaseron (interferonbeta1b), Berlex Laboratories’ medication for multiple sclerosis. Sherry Novembre, who also has been with the agency since 1998, has been promoted to account supervisor from senior account execu tive. Ms. Novembre manages the promotional account team for Campath (alemtuzumab), Berlex’s treatment for chronic Bcell lympho cytic leukemia. Meanwhile, Rachel Tehrani, a member of Catalyst’s creative group since December 2000, has been promoted to assistant art director from junior studio designer. Ms. Tehrani works on brands for OrthoMcNeil Pharmaceutical and Hemosol Inc. Melissa COOKE Anna LOYEVA Danielle MILLER Levy VALVERDI Gwen WIGGINS Ribotsky Worldwide Announces Promotion And New Hires Ribotsky Worldwide Inc., a fullservice healthcare communications company, has appointed a new associate creative director and hired several executives in account and copy positions. Levy Valverdi was promoted to associate creative director from senior art director. Before joining Ribotsky, he was art director, creative services, at Leda Advertising. He also has worked at Lederle Pharmaceuticals, and in cre ative services at Hoffman La Roche. “The addition of Levy Valverdi as associate creative director, and the addition of new talent to the agency will amount to greater global growth for 2002,” says KenRibotsky, president and CEO of Somerset, N.J.based Ribotsky. Other new hires include Melissa Cooke as an account director. Previous positions held by Ms. Cooke include VP, account group supervi sor, at CommonHealth, and account supervi sor at Kane & Finkel. Accounts Ms. Cooke has serviced include Avandia, Pravachol, RemeronSolTab, Athena Neurosciences, and Connetics. Anna Loyeva has been hired as an account supervisor, having previously been an account supervisor at Integrated and at Lowe McAdams. Among accounts she has serviced are Foradil, and Schering’s asthma health man agement practice. Danielle Miller has been hired as a senior account executive. Previously she was an account executive at Lieber Levett Koenig Bab cock, and an account executive at Draft World wide. She has worked on several accounts, including AT&T, HBO, and GlaxoSmithKline. Gwen Wiggins has joined the company as a junior copywriter. Stephen DALY Sandi FILERGOTHIE Advanced Clinical Communications Selects Editorial Services and Account Services Directors Advanced Clinical Communications Inc. has hired Stephen Daly as director of editorial services, and Sandi FilerGothie as director of account services. Mr. Daly has 22 years of experience in edi torial services and publishing. Before joining New Hope, Pa.based Advanced Clinical 95 PharmaVOICE J u l y / Au g u s t 2 0 02 Ribotsky’s team of talent: back row standing: (from left to right) Levy Valverdi, Gwen Wiggins; seated on couch: (from left to right) Anna Loyeva, Danielle Miller; seated in front of couch: Melissa Cooke TALENT pool Communications, he was director of editorial ser vices at Medical Educa tion Group LLC, where he was responsible for managing the editorial department. Mr. Daly holds a B.A. in journal ism from Temple Univer sity, Philadelphia. Ms. FilerGothie has 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare communica tion industries. She was most recently account supervisor at Interlink Healthcare Communications, where she provided team direction and financial management for assigned products, and developed and imple mented product communications plans. Ms. FilerGothie holds a B.S. in business administration from The College of New Jersey. Sherrie BENDELE Deborah BENNETT Robert EGERT Jim PITNEY Terry VOLZSANDERS The Xchange Group Enhances Client Offerings With Appointment of Digital Solutions Director; Thomas Ferguson Announces New Hires, Promotions;Health Learning Systems Announces Advancements In an expansion of its digital offerings, The Xchange Group, CommonHealth’s relation shipmarketing division, has appointed Robert Egert as digital solutions director. The appointment of Mr. Egert gives Par sippany, N.J.based The Xchange Group in house digital strategy and implementation capabilities that, to date, had been provided through CommonHealth affiliates. As director, Mr. Egert spearheads all digi tal customer relationship marketing efforts to maximize this channel for each Xchange Group client. His responsibilities include identifying digital solutions for client brands and oversee ing Webbased strategies, design, program ming, and operations. “Robert has the leadership and vision to implement the cuttingedge digital capabili ties we’ve needed to expand our already exist ing cache of client services,” says Nancy Bar low, president of The Xchange Group. “With his impressive knowledge of customer rela tionship management and his digital qualifi cations, we are wellpositioned not only to meet the goals of our clients, but to help them redefine what their brand goals can — and should — be.” Before joining The Xchange Group, Mr. Egert was director of information architecture and creative services at Xpedior Inc., an e commerce consulting provider. Mr. Egert also was with Kinderhook Sys tems, where he was the senior information archi tect responsible for leading the creative teams in the development of ecommerce solutions. Meanwhile, several promotions and new hires have been announced at Thomas Fergu son Associates, CommonHealth’s founding fullservice professional advertising and pro motions unit. Terry VolzSanders has been named group art supervisor from group art director. Ms. VolzSanders is responsible for overseeing con ceptual and strategic development of a new client brand launch. She continues to manage the art direction and design for several Thomas Ferguson Associates’ clients. Jim Pitney joins Thomas Ferguson Associ ates as a VP, account group supervisor. Mr. Pitney is responsible for overseeing the dayto day business activities on his assigned accounts, which include the management of both tactics and overall strategy for the client brands. Most recently, Mr. Pitney worked at Robert A. Becker Euro/RSCG, where he held the position of VP, account supervisor. Health Learning Systems, Common Health’s founding medicaleducation unit, announced two advancements within its team. Deborah Bennett has been named senior VP, director of program and editorial direc tion, from the position of VP, director of pro gram and editorial direction. Ms. Bennett continues to have responsibil ity for managing client programs, budgeting, staffing, training, and development within the programmanagement and editorial depart ments at HLS. Sherrie Bendele has been promoted to senior director, program planning and devel opment, from director, program planning and development. In her expanded position, Ms. Bendele has been given increased responsibility for the daytoday direction of educational programs for one of the unit’s major client brands. In addition, Ms. Bendele oversees content development, faculty correspondence and rela tionshipbuilding, and budgeting for her assigned clients. CommonHealth comprises Health Learn ing Systems, Thomas Ferguson Associates, Adient, The Quantum Group, Noesis Health care Interactions, The Xchange Group, Pro Com International, The Connectics Group, MBS/Vox, Enterprise IG Health, Einson Health, MD&A/Salud, Shire Hall, Common Health Europe, CommonHealth Australia, and CommonHealth Kyowa. Jerry BIAG Jennifer HOLBORN Rebecca ZMYSLO Topin &Associates Announces Promotions and Appointments Topin & Associates, a fullservice medical and healthcare advertising agency based in Chicago, has promoted Jennifer Holborn to director of client service. Other moves at the agency include the appointment of Rebecca Zmyslo and Jerry Biag as account executives. In her new role, Ms. Holborn is responsible for managing the accountservice department and is responsible for strategic planning for the agency’s clients. In addition, she oversees strategic tactical implementation and dayto day client service. Ms. Holborn also is involved in strategic planning for new busi ness efforts. Ms. Zmyslo joins Topin as an account exec utive. Previously, she served as manager of marketing and key accounts for Norman Inc., a graphic design firm. She also has served in various sales and marketing positions for healthcare services companies. At Topin, Ms. Zmyslo is responsible for MDS Pharma Ser vices’ business units and Baxter Healthcare’s Intercept accounts. She is a 1997 graduate of Michigan State University, where she earned a bachelor of science in biochemistry. Mr. Biag has been promoted to account executive from project manager. Before Topin, he served as project manager at Simon Mar keting and as a marketing analyst at Shurfine International. As an account executive, Mr. Biag manages the MDS Pharma Services’ global/corporate and Sirius Laboratories accounts. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he received a bachelor of science degree in advertising in 1998. Eva HAMPTON Dimitri PROANO Staff Additions Bring Widespread Experience to AdTech Communications Eva Hampton has joined the account ser vicing staff at AdTech Communications, and Dimitri Proano has been hired as production 96 J u l y / A u g u s t 2 0 0 2 PharmaVOICE TALENT pool manager for the agency. Both new staff members bring outstanding back grounds and experience to the agency. Ms. Hampton has an extensive clinical and marketing background with medical equipment manufacturers, and has managed worldwide product launch efforts in the diagnostics industry. Ms. Hampton holds a degree from Temple Uni versity, speaks several lan guages, and will play a leading role with several of the agency’s clients. Mr. Proano has more than 10 years of expe rience in the design and production field, and has worked with several printers and agencies as both a staff member and as an independent contractor. Mr. Proano is a graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and is bilingual. Laura MARTINO Ken MESSINGER Kevin MURRAY Michael OSTERHOUT Dr. Linda RITTER Tom ROTHERMEL Susan SCOTT Andy SMITH Palio Communications Expands Staff With Several Appointments Across the Company Palio Communications, a fullspec trum advertising and communications agency, has added a host of new staff to its ranks. Susan Scott joins the agency as senior VP/account director. Ms. Scott brings more than 20 years of extensive sales and marketing experience in prescription and overthecounter product lines in both U.S. and international markets. She has created awardwinning inter national professional and consumer ad campaigns and managed the implemen tation of comprehensive managedcare strategic plans for diverse pharmaceutical product lines. Ms. Scott has product launch experience in allergy, asthma, ophthalmic Rx & OTC, ADHD, cough/cold, obesity/weight loss and oncology. Before joining Saratoga Springs, N.Y. based Palio, Ms. Scott was senior director of marketing for Celltech Pharmaceuticals, where she was responsible for launching the company’s first new product in ADHD and its first DTC advertising campaign. Before Celltech, Ms. Scott held several positions at Medeva and Fisons Pharmaceuti cals, including senior marketing manager, associate director of marketing alliances, dis trict sales manager, and product manager. Her agency experience includes managing the international Bausch & Lomb account at ICE Communications Inc. Before this, Ms. Scott held several marketing positions at Bausch & Lomb. Kevin Murray joins as a senior account exec utive, having come from a variety of positions at Celltech, the most recent being as regional business manager, where he was responsible for the company’s daytoday sales operations in the upstate New York region. Mr. Murray received his master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University, and his bach elor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Insti tute and State University. Michael Osterhout, who joins as a graphic designer, brings a wealth of design experience to his position at Palio, including illustration, studio photography, interactive media, screen printing, and package design. Most recently, he was an assistant art director at Fairbrother and Co. Mr. Osterhout received his bachelor’s degree from The College of Saint Rose and his associate’s degree from the Sage Junior College of Albany. Linda Ritter, Ph.D., has been named med ical information specialist. Dr. Ritter’s prima ry area of expertise lies in molecular genetics and biology. Previously, she was employed as an independent consultant for a variety of healthcare communications agencies. She also served as associate director of gene expression at Gene Logic Inc., a Washington, D.C.area biotechnology company specializing in gene discovery for drug design. Before that position, she was a postdoctor al fellow at the National Cancer Institute’s Laboratory of Cellular Carcinogenesis and Tumor Promotion, where her research experi ence focused on investigating the develop ment and progression of breast cancer and its metastases. As a graduate student, Dr. Ritter taught undergraduate molecular genetics at The Ohio State University, as well as laboratory techniques for gene transfer to the hematolo gy/oncology MD fellows at The Ohio State University Hospitals’ division of internal medicine. Dr. Ritter received her doctorate degree 97 PharmaVOICE J u l y / Au g u s t 2 0 02 Ron PANTELLO The board of directors of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has unanimously elected Ron Pantello a member of the board. Mr. Pantello is cochairman of Euro RSCG Healthcare, the world’s thirdlargest health care communications agency, and chairman of Euro RSCG Healthview, parent company of Noonan Russo Presence Euro RSCG. He serves a twoyear term representing the associate communication and advertising companies of PhRMA. PhRMA represents the country’s leading researchbased pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, health ier, and more productive lives. The industry invest ed more than $30 billion in 2001 in discovering and developing new medicines. PhRMA compa nies are leading the way in the search for new cures. Euro RSCGHealthview provides integrated com munications solutions for the healthcare industry. Its member companies include the LM&P Group of advertising agencies (LM&P, LM&P Questar, LM&P Westar, and LM&P Biostar); Noonan Russo Presence, which pro vides marketing, finan cial, and corporate pub lic relations and public affairs; Nethod, an interactive communi cations agency; Sales Machine, a multimedia sales training firm; ManagedEDGE, a managedcare consul tancy, and EduAction, providing consumer medical education. Euro RSCG Healthview is a member of Euro RSCG Healthcare, the world’s thirdlargest healthcare network with 44 agencies serving healthcare clients in 17 countries throughout Europe, NorthAmerica, Latin America, andAsia Pacific. Euro RSCG Healthcare provides adver tising, consulting, marketing services, medical education, public relations, and interactive solu tions to the world’s leading healthcare companies. EURO RSCG HEALTHVIEW CHAIRMAN ELECTEDTO PhRMA BOARDOFDIRECTORS Ron Pantello has been elected a member of the board of PhRMA. TALENT pool from The Ohio State University and her bach elor’s degree from Xavier University. Andy Smith joins as director of traffic and logistics, bringing with him 16 years of agen cy experience. Previously, he served as managing director at Weiss Stagliano & Partners, where he was responsible for agency operations. Over the course of his career, Mr. Smith has worked closely with a number of national and interna tional clients, including Guinness, Hotj obs.com, National Geographic, Bain De Soleil, The Body Shop, Nickelodeon, BBC, DaimlerChrysler, Talbots, Financial Times, and Hilton International. Ken Messinger and Tom Rothermel join as senior art directors. Mr. Messinger comes from Bozell Global Healthcare, where he was VP/associate cre ative director, responsible for building a new directtopatient advertising department in anticipation of a new product launch. Before his work at Bozell, he held several positions at Lowe Healthcare Worldwide, most recently serving as VP, associate creative director, at Lowe Healthcare Union. Mr. Messinger was instrumental in the opening of the Union office, where he helped to design a depart mental structure and initiated training pro grams and procedures. In addition, his experience at Lowe expand ed to the development of the creative strategy and execution for the managed care/compli ance group within ScheringPlough, as well as the creation of directtoconsumer programs for the pharmaceutical company. Mr. Messinger’s work has earned profes sional awards from a number of national com petitions, including the Direct Marketing Annual, New York Festivals, and the Rx Club. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware. Mr. Rothermel brings more than 22 years of design experience to his new position at Palio. Most recently, he was a senior art direc tor at Media Logic, where he worked on a vari ety of consumer and healthcare accounts. His vast client experience ranges from A&E and the History Channel to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey and the Rhode Island School of Design. Mr. Rothermel received his associ ate’s degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Laura Martino comes to Palio as technolo gy coordinator, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the technology industry. She has held several consultant positions at a variety of large companies, most recently serving as a PC infrastructure technician at General Electric, where she provided support to the corporate research and development department. She is well versed in all aspects of TCP/IP, and has expertise working within a wide range of server systems. Thomas A.MOORE Nelson Communications Worldwide President & CEO To Resign Thomas A. Moore, president and chief operating officer of Nelson Communications Worldwide, announced his decision to resign later this summer to assume a new position with a biotechnology company. Nelson Communications, a medical mar keting and sales services company, with head quarters in New York, was acquired by Publi cis Groupe in November 2000. Publicis is currently in the process of acquiring Bcom3 Group Inc. in a transaction that is expected to close in August 2002 or September 2002. “We thank Tom Moore for his leadership and wish him all the best in his new posi tion,” says Maurice Levy, Publicis chairman and CEO. Mr. Levy is asking Roger A. Haupt, cur rently chairman and CEO of Bcom3 Group, and slated to become president and chief operating officer of the new Publicis Groupe, to work closely with Mr. Moore and to serve as Nelson Communications’ interim leader as soon as the merger with Bcom3 has been completed. Mr. Moore plans to join Biopure Corp. as president, CEO, and a member of the board in August. Paul A. Looney, currently president and chief operating officer of Biopure, will retire at the conclusion of a threeyear employment contract in midAugust. Mr. Looney will remain at Biopure as a consultant to the company. “I’ve come to know Biopure well over the last several months, as the company invited Nelson Communications to provide both strategy and communication services,” Mr. Moore says. “I’m extremely pleased to be offered the opportunity to take the helm of this fine team as we commercialize Hemopure for our first human market in South Africa and file for regulatory approval elsewhere around the world. In the next few months, I plan to focus on working with our regulatory team, who have largely completed the BLA to be filed at the end of July for U.S. marketing approval for Hemopure; securing European regulatory approvals; and expanding manufac turing capacity. We also expect to continue to share scientific information on our clinical experience with more than 800 Hemopure patients.” Biopure, with headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of a new class of pharmaceuti cals, called oxygen therapeutics. Oxygen ther apeutics are intravenously administered to deliver oxygen to the body’s tissues. Michele REST NewAccount Supervisor Brings Wealth of Medical Communications Expertise to DSJ Joining Dorland Sweeney Jones Health Communications as account supervisor is Michele Rest, who brings several years of expe rience in healthcare public relations. “DSJ is very excited about adding someone of Michele’s caliber to our team,” says Rita Sweeney, president and chief operating officer of the Philadelphiabased health communica tions agency. In her position as account supervisor, Ms. Rest leads the publicrelations efforts for sever al pharmaceutical accounts. Her role includes strategic planning and marketing, campaign development, and financial management. Before joining DSJ, Ms. Rest served as account supervisor at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide in New York. During her time at Edelman, Ms. Rest man aged strategic development and the implemen tation of programs for Effexor XR and Rogaine, in addition to launching campaigns for Hoff mannLa Roche’s oral flu pill, Tamiflu. A.J. VISCOMI Roska Direct Hires NewVP/Director Of Client Services Senior direct marketing executive A.J. Vis comi has joined Roska Direct as VP and direc tor of client services. Mr. Viscomi, formerly VP and director of direct response marketing at The Martin Agency in Richmond, Va., heads up account management for the $50 million direct shop. Executive VP, Jay Bolling previ ously held this position and now focuses on business development. “A.J. is highly regarded as an instinctive and insightful direct marketer. These skills are further complemented by his ability to bring clarity, focus, and efficiency to even the most complex programs,” says Jon Roska, founder and CEO of the 60plus person agency. At Martin, Mr. Viscomi was a key player in the agency’s business development program. He was instrumental in helping land the agen cy’s two premier direct accounts — UPS and Champion Mortgage — and participated in pitches for the US Army, Lucent, Deloitte, Kodak, IKEA, and many others during his time at the agency. He also worked on the agen cy’s other top brands including Alltel, Saab, and GEICO. Mr. Viscomi is a published author and frequent DMA and AMA speaker on market ing, advertising, and customer service topics. Please send your personnel announcements to feedback@pharmalinx.com. Pharma POOL Andrew R.J. Bonfield, Bristol-Myers Squibb Mark Sullivan, UCB Pharma Inc. Biotech POOL Dr. Peter Christey, Guava Technologies Inc. Dr. Vincent DeVita, Vincent T. DeVita, M.D. Thomas E. 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Epstein, I-SITE Jennifer Linden, I-SITE Robert A. Cecere, MDchoice Inc. Dr. Douglas Cowart, Medifacts International James R. Krejci, Medifacts International Vincent S. Lagrotteria, Medifacts International John M. Darcy, Aegis Analytical Corp. Gretchen L. Jahn, Aegis Analytical Corp. Bill Engle, TrialCard Inc. Lisa Kindig, Strategic Marketing Corp. Aaron Levin, Medicalliance Inc. Dr. Ryan Nguyen, Medicalliance Inc. Jason Russo, Medicalliance Inc. Dr. Stephanie Sansoni, Medicalliance Inc. Stephen Gerard, SimStar Internet Solutions Robert Rebak, SimStar Internet Solutions Jeffrey Springer, AAC Consulting Group Lyn Wiesinger, IMS Health William Wilson, M2 Communications Inc. Media POOL Jamie Blocher, MD net guide Jon Haggerty, MD net guide Kyle Marie Cervone, Thomson Physicians World Cheryl Clayton, Thomson Physicians World Alefiyah Danish, Thomson Physicians World Susan R. Grimes, Thomson Physicians World Dr. David Hartree, Thomson Physicians World Jeffrey Mufson, Thomson Physicians World Dr. Cedric O’Gorman, Thomson Physicians World Mark Schaffer, Thomson Physicians World Tim Schuh, Thomson Physicians World Phyllis Hassard, Thomson Medical Economics Dennis O’Neill, Thomson Medical Economics Kenneth D. Watkins, The Clinicians Group Agency POOL Tina Clemens, inChord Communications Inc. Bryan Delmore, inChord Communications Inc. Rosalie Dew, inChord Communications Inc. Suzanne Goss, inChord Communications Inc. Brett Halbleib, inChord Communications Inc. Erin Haslinger, inChord Communications Inc. John Hofmeister, inChord Communications Inc. Kimberly Potterf, inChord Communications Inc. AnneMarie Weber, inChord Communications Inc. Akosua Apenteng, Accel Healthcare Communications Kerry Baker, Accel Healthcare Communications Bridget Donohue, Accel Healthcare Communications Amy Goldman, Accel Healthcare Communications Dr. Ira Mills, Accel Healthcare Communications Michelle Morgan, Accel Healthcare Communications Wesley Sparks, Accel Healthcare Communications John Vassiliou, Accel Healthcare Communications Christopher Worath, Accel Healthcare Communications Alfred Assin, Wishbone-ITP Gene M. Cavazos, Wishbone-ITP Renee Mellas, Wishbone-ITP Michael unglo, Wishbone-ITP Brooke Blair, Donahoe Purohit Miller Tory Cenaj, Donahoe Purohit Miller Monica Noce Kanarek, Donahoe Purohit Miller Laura Kippen, Donahoe Purohit Miller Carlos Lopez, Donahoe Purohit Miller Jim Pawlowski, Donahoe Purohit Miller Dorothy Scott, Donahoe Purohit Miller Theresa Vera, Donahoe Purohit Miller Andrea Citarelli, Catalyst Communications Inc. Dr. Linda Giering, Catalyst Communications Inc. Rachel Tehrani, Catalyst Communications Inc. Sherry Novembre, Catalyst Communications Inc. Jennifer Votta, Catalyst Communications Inc. Melissa Cooke, Ribotsky Worldwide Inc. Anna Loyeva, Ribotsky Worldwide Inc. Danielle Miller, Ribotsky Worldwide Inc. Levy Valverdi, Ribotsky Worldwide Inc. Gwen Wiggins, Ribotsky Worldwide Inc. Stephen Daly, Advanced Clinical Communications Inc. Sandi Filer-Gothie, Advanced Clinical Communications Inc. Sherrie Bendele, The Xchange Group Deborah Bennett, The Xchange Group Robert Egert, The Xchange Group Jim Pitney, The Xchange Group Terry Volz-Sanders, The Xchange Group Jerry Biag, Topin & Associates Jennifer Holborn, Topin & Associates Rebecca Zmyslo, Topin & Associates Eva Hampton, Ad-Tech ­Communications Dimitri Proano, Ad-Tech ­Communications Laura Martino, Palio Communications Ken Messinger, Palio Communications Kevin Murray, Palio Communications Michael Osterhout, Palio Communications Dr. Linda Ritter, Palio Communications Tom Rothermel, Palio Communications Susan Scott, Palio Communications Andy Smith, Palio Communications Ron Pantello, Euro RSCG

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