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Bristol-Myers Squibb Appoints Senior VP, Head of Business Development
Bristol-Myers Squibb has appointed Paul Biondi as senior VP, head of business development. In this role, he is responsible for leading the development of strategic partnerships and pursuing scientific innovations across commercial, development, discovery, and technology platforms. Mr. Biondi most recently served as senior VP, head of R&D operations, at the company.
Dr. Alan Dunton
Purdue Hires Senior VP, Head of R&D
Alan Dunton, M.D., has been hired as senior VP, head of research & development at Purdue Pharma. In his new role, Dr. Dunton serves as Purdue’s lead scientist, and oversees the medical research, drug safety, clinical pharmacology, virtual discovery, project management, and pharmaceutics and analytics teams.
Baxalta Bolsters Oncology Unit
Anil Kapur has joined Baxalta as VP and global head, oncology commercial portfolio and product strategy. Mr. Kapur joins Baxalta from J&J where he was the VP, commercial leader for the hematology franchise.
Astellas Expands Corporate Affairs
Astellas Pharma has named Christeen Moburg director, stakeholder engagement, within the corporate affairs team. Ms. Moburg is responsible for advancing Astellas’ public policy, as well as business and reputational goals, in the U.S. and in support of the Americas. Most recently, she was alliance and advocacy director, U.S. corporate affairs oncology and infectious disease, at MedImmune.
Dr. Debra Schaumberg
Dr. Beth Schultz Scott
Shire Builds Up its Ophthalmics Team
Shire continues to expand its ophthalmics team with the appointments of Vic Noble as head of marketing, and Debra Schaumberg, OD, and Beth Schultz Scott, OD, as global medical leads.
Ms. Noble joined Shire in April 2008 and in her current role, she leads all marketing activities related to Shire’s ophthalmics portfolio, including its investigational candidate for dry eye disease, lifitegrast.
Dr. Schaumberg serves as a lead for U.S. and international medical affairs activities for ophthalmics, focusing on professional education and data generation.
Dr. Schultz Scott serves as a lead for U.S. and international medical affairs activities for ophthalmics, with an emphasis on lifecycle product management.
Digitas Health LifeBrands Names Executive VP
Jennifer Durante has joined the New York account team of Digitas Health LifeBrands as its new executive VP, director of client services. She is charged with nurturing and growing the New York account team and client relationships. Most recently, Ms. Durante was executive VP, senior director at BBDO New York, working on the GE business.
Mark Forbes Irving
IDEA Pharma Names Managing Director
Mark Forbes Irving, who has been named managing director of IDEA Pharma, is charged with driving the next phase of the company’s growth. He joins the company from Quintiles where he was director of health engagement and communications.
Guidemark Names Chief Strategy Officer
Guidemark Health has named Martin Mannion as chief strategy officer. He is charged with expanding Guidemark Health’s current brand strategy and branding discipline. Previously, he was chief strategy officer for IPG’s ICC Lowe.
MRB Partners Names Chief
Medical-communications start-up MRB Partners, which was recently launched by Maureen Regan, Richard Campbell, and Brendan Ward, the team who founded Regan Campbell Ward, has named Adam Persing VP, chief data scientist.
Mr. Persing joins the agency from Mezocliq, a New York-based software company.
Makovsky Supports Biotech Operations With New Hire
Makovsky, an independent integrated communications firm, has named Megan Thomas as senior VP, health practice. She is charged with leading the agency’s Cambridge, Mass., expansion.
Before joining Makovsky, Ms. Thomas was global head of communications, Sanofi Oncology.
J. Knipper and Company Appoints Chief Technology Officer
J. Knipper and Company, a provider of direct marketing, sampling, compliance, information technology, and salesforce productivity solutions, has named Rajeev Nair chief technology officer to lead its development and information technology departments. Mr. Nair comes to Knipper with a wealth of experience in software development and leading large organizations in the entire software development lifecycle process. (PV)