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Gareth Carpenter — 19 Mar 2021

All the latest appointments and promotions across the pharmaceutical supply chain sector...

March 2021:

Bioprocess technology provider Univercells Technologies has named Mathias Garny as Chief Executive Officer. Already acting as General Manager, Mr. Garny has been responsible for overseeing the company’s operations and leading the strategy development and implementation. He first joined Univercells in 2015 as Chief Financial Officer before transitioning to Chief Commercial Officer in 2017, playing a key role in Univercells’ development and commercialization efforts of the technology portfolio, including the scale-X single-use bioreactor range and the NevoLine biomanufacturing platform.

ApiJect Systems has appointed Craig Cohon (below) as Chief Strategy Officer. In his new role, London-based Mr. Cohon will lead the company's strategic and brand development in the US and abroad. He has been global advisor to the company since May 2020 and spent 14 years in executive leadership with The Coca Cola Company, spearheading its entry into Russia in 1991 and leading brand work for Coca-Cola globally. He also spent close to a decade owning and leading the Cirque du Soleil business in Russia. 

CDMO Alcami has appointed Patrick Walsh as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. He succeeds Walter Kaczmarek, who is stepping down. Prior to joining Alcami, Mr. Walsh was co-founder and CEO of TriPharm Services, a parenteral manufacturing business that was acquired by Alcami in January 2020. From 2015 to 2019, he was CEO at Avista Pharma, a private equity-backed global provider of contract manufacturing, development, and analytical testing services. Mr. Walsh also served as CEO of AAIPharma Services Corporation, a predecessor company to Alcami, from 2010 to 2014.

Cell and gene therapy-focused CDMO The Center for Breakthrough Medicines (CBM), has appointed women to four senior leadership positions. Sybil Danby has joined as Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategy; Eileen Brett is the Vice President of Project Leadership; Dana Cipriano serves as Vice President of Testing and Analytical Services; and Emily Moran is Vice President of Viral Vector Manufacturing. Prior to joining CBM, Ms. Danby spent over three years with responsibility for the strategic business development of Paragon Bioservices, playing an active role in grooming the company for acquisition by Catalent Pharma Solutions in 2019. She also spent two years at Pall Corporation as a driver of the development and sales of disruptive manufacturing technologies, and just under nine years at GSK in both the manufacturing and R&D organizations. Ms. Brett was most recently Head of the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) Leaders organization for Janssen's Biotherapeutics Development with responsibility for delivering the portfolio of biotherapeutic assets from discovery to post-launch. Ms. Cipriano is creating a testing and analytical services portfolio that enables efficient discovery, development, commercialization, and manufacturing of CGT products, supplying end-to-end solutions for CBM clients and enabling speed to market.  Prior to this position, she was in leadership roles at Wuxi Advanced Therapies for two decades, most recently as Senior Director of Operations & Strategic Projects. Ms. Moran was previously Head of Viral Vector Manufacturing at Lonza delivering both clinical and commercial viral vector products from 50L-2000L scale across multiple modalities. Prior to that, she spent 12 years with Sanofi in applied operational and quality roles of increasing responsibility.

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US-based CDMO Pharmaceutics International (Pii) has promoted Monique Mendoza (above) to the position of Head of Quality. She will be responsible for the entire Quality unit at Pii and report directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kurt Nielsen. Her scope of responsibilities include Sterility Assurance, Batch Disposition, Investigations, Change Controls, Product Complaints, Supplier Qualification, Raw Material Release, Audits (internal, external and client), Document Control, and Quality Control across all facilities including Microbiology Laboratories. ​Prior to joining Pii, Ms Mendoza served as Director of Quality for Dynavax Technologies both domestically and internationally. She also worked for Bayer Healthcare for over 15 years with increasing responsibilities in both Manufacturing and QA.

Shorla Pharma has named Nicholas Holsman as Chief Commercial Officer. A highly experienced US industry executive with in-depth experience in scaling oncology & specialty pharma enterprises, Mr Holsman was most recently Head of Commercial Operations at Oncopeptides, where he was responsible for building the infrastructure to support the launch of Pepaxto, a peptide-conjugated alkylator for the treatment of relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma patients. Before Oncopeptides, Holsman spent nearly four years leading the commercial efforts at KemPharm as Senior Director of Commercial Strategy & Market Access and held roles of growing responsibility at Gilead and Symphony Health.

February 2021:

Spark Therapeutics, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) and a fully integrated, commercial gene therapy company has appointed Cynthia Pussinen as chief technical officer. Ms Pussinen has more than 25 years of experience in the biopharma industry, leading teams in manufacturing, quality, supply chain, formulation development and process sciences.  As CTO, she will oversee Spark’s manufacturing and technical operations, including pipeline process development, preclinical and clinical manufacturing, and the commercial manufacturing and distribution of Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec-rzyl).

Sai Life Sciences has hired ex-Novartis veteran Dr. Mahavir Prashad as Vice President of Early Phase Process Development. Dr. Prashad is a recognized leader in Chemical Process R&D and leveraging Green Chemistry principles and modern technologies in API synthesis and won the Novartis Leading Scientist award in 2002 and also the 2010 Diversity & Inclusion award of the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

Oral solid dosge specialist CDMO Recro Pharma has made a couple of key appointments to its management team and board of directors. The company has named Jim Miller, a highly regarded CDMO industry thought leader, to its board of directors. Additionally, Recro appointed Ryan Lake as chief financial officer (CFO), in late 2020. Mr. Miller is a well-known and highly regarded advisor on drug manufacturing strategy and a pre-eminent authority on the biopharmaceutical CDMO industry. He is founder and former president of PharmSource,, which was sold to Global Data, a London-based provider of market intelligence services in 2016. Prior to joining Recro, Mr. Lake served as CFO and vice president of finance of Aspire Bariatrics, a commercial-stage medical device company.

BioDuro-S undia has appointed Haijun Dong as Chief Executive Officer, taking over from Cyrus Mirsaidi.  The executive team, now led by Mr Dong, will continue to be co-located in both China and the US. Mr Dong has been a General Manager & CEO in China for over ten years, with experience in large multinational companies, including Roche and Eli Lilly. Mr Mirsaidi will continue to serve as Advisor to BioDuro-Sundia’s Board of Directors and leadership team.

Albany Molecular Research (AMRI) has announced the appointment of Scott Waldman as senior vice president, Corporate Development. Mr Waldman will drive key growth initiatives globally, including mergers and acquisitions, and serve as a member of the company’s executive committee. Most recently, he served as an advisor to private equity firms and select pharma industry clients. and previously worked in a number of executive roles at Lonza Group, including chief strategy officer where he led Lonza’s M&A activities.

Metrics Contract Services has appointed Britton Jimenez as Vice President of Business Development. He is responsible for marketing and sales in an executive leadership capacity to support the growing demand for novel oral solid dosage (OSD) projects. Mr Britton joins from Catalent Pharma Solutions, where he was Global Director of Business Development, and he will report to John Ross, President of Mayne Pharma US and Metrics Contract Services.

January 2021:

 

UK topical and transdermal specialist MedPharm has launched its Scientific Advisory Committee, headed by company founder and board member, Professor Marc Brown (above). Mr Brown has served as MedPharm’s Chief Scientific Officer for over 20 years and will be stepping down from his CSO role to chair the newly formed committee. Comprised of international experts, the SAC will ensure that MedPharm continues to provide clients with scientific services and access to strategic alliances. Dr Jon Lenn (below) will take over the role of CSO, with responsibility for MedPharm’s global scientific operations. Dr Lenn is well established as an authority in the development and optimization of topical products and has played a critical role in MedPharm's growth as well as the development and success of the Durham, NC site.

AGC Biologics has appointed David Stewart as General Manager/Site Head to oversee the startup, strategic development and operational excellence in large-scale biologics production at its Boulder, Colorado site, effective February 1. He also brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in the biotechnology and manufacturing industry, including roles with Biogen and Genentech.

CRO Quanticate has named Lee Patterson as the company's Chief Operating Officer. Reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David Underwood, Mr Patterson will work across Quanticate's global office network (UK, North America, India, South Africa, and Poland).

With data-focused solutions growing in importance in response to the trend towards virtual and decentralised trials, patient centricity and more efficient monitoring techniques, Mr Patterson will help guide and implement innovative tools, services and approaches with a constant focus on quality.

Sanofi has announced the appointment of Karl Rotthier as the chief executive officer of its newly formed European API unit, EUROAPI, effective January 18th. Mr Rotthier was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Centrient Pharmaceuticals, and will lead the creation of EUROAPI, which will employ 3,200 skilled employees and be headquartered in France. A planned IPO on Euronext Paris will be evaluated with a decision expected by 2022, subject to market conditions.

December 2020:

Novavax has appointed Rick Crowley to the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer. In this role, Mr. Crowley will have leadership responsibility for all operations, including Quality, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Regulatory Affairs. He takes over manufacturing from Ben Machielse, who will continue with the company as an executive advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, supporting the development of the COVID vaccine. Prior to joining Novavax, Mr. Crowley was Executive Vice President, Technical Operations for TerSera Pharmaceuticals, where he was responsible for technical support as well as development and strategy for the company’s products, created the initial quality systems, and managed all CMC activities.

Injectable platform technology company, ApiJect Systems, has hired James Garrett as its new General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Mr. Garrett joins ApiJect with extensive legal and strategic business expertise, and was previously Senior Vice President for Business and Quality Systems, as well as Government & Regulations Strategy at NuVasive.

Samsung Biologics has appointed John Rim (below), the company’s former Executive Vice President, as the new President & Chief Executive Officer. Mr Rim brings more than 35 years of industry expertise and experience in biopharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Samsung Biologics in September 2018, he served as the head of manufacturing, sales, development department, and as a CFO at global biotech companies like Roche and Genentech.

Catalent has hired Nakaya “Nick” Matsumaru as General Manager of its new clinical packaging facility in Minakuchi, located in the Shiga prefecture of Japan. Reporting to Roel de Nobel, Catalent’s Vice President of Operations for Europe and Asia-Pacific, Mr. Matsumaru joins the company from SymBio Pharmaceuticals, where he held the role of Senior Director Supply Chain & Quality Assurance. Prior to this, he spent four years in vice president, executive officer and head of operations posts with AstraZeneca, and seven years in Japan-based supply chain management with Johnson & Johnson and Janssen.

ACG, a supplier of fully integrated solutions to the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industry, has appointed Dr. Marcus Michel (below) as the new CEO of ACG Engineering. In his new role, he will be responsible for continuing to drive ACG's focus on the global pharmaceutical industry, innovative technologies, Business Excellence, and Institution Building. He joins ACG from the GEA Group in Germany where he was Executive VP for the entire GEA Pharma Solutions business.

CDMO Frontida BioPharm has appointed Puneet Sapra as new Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Sapra will be replacing Andrew Wang, who recently accepted the CFO role at Frontage Holdings Corporation, a Contract Research Organization based in the US and China. Mr. Sapra has over 20 years of pharmaceutical and healthcare experience in executive roles at Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Halma and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

November 2020:

CDMO Idifarma, specialising in niche and highly potent drugs, has announced a partnership with Stefano Console from Swiss life sciences consultancy Oriento SA. Bringing with him over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industry, Console will be Idifarma’s scientific advisor focusing upon spray drying technology and particle engineering.

Catalent has named Behzad Mahdavi as Vice President of Open Innovation, Biologics, Cell and Gene Therapy. In this new role, reporting to Julien Meissonnier, Catalent’s Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Mahdavi will join a team of experts in Catalent’s Science and Technology Group that works with customers and external innovators in both small and large molecules, to accelerate the adoption of new development and drug delivery technologies, and scalable manufacturing processes and techniques. With over 20 years’ experience in developing and implementing growth strategies in the biopharmaceutical industries, Dr. Mahdavi joins Catalent after a 13-year career at Lonza, where he held the role of Vice President Strategic Innovation & Alliances, and various board-level positions at other innovative companies. Prior to joining Lonza, he was Chief Executive Officer of SAM Electron Technologies, a venture capital-backed company in the life sciences field.

Brian Sasaki has joined Pharmaceutics International, Inc. (Pii) as Director of Business Development. He has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and is responsible for Pii’s business development operations in the Western Region of the United States. He began his career as a bench scientist with Bayer Corporation. His range of experiences includes roles with Pfizer, Takeda/Abbott, GE, Lonza, Catalent, and Rapid Micro Biosystems.

Biopharmaceutical CDMO Cytovance Biologics has named Bin Zhang as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Zhang served two months as Interim CEO before this formal appointment by the board and will report to Mr. Li Li, founder and Chairman of the Board for Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical Group (Hepalink). and member of the Board for Cytovance. Mr. Zhang has been with Cytovance as a member of the Board of Directors since 2018. In this role as CEO, he will provide oversight in the implementation of the company’s business strategies in the innovative drug development and contract manufacturing market.

Pierre-Alain Ruffieux has now started his role as Chief Executive Officer of Lonza, announced in June. Albert Baehny, who has been CEO ad interim since November 2019 will work with Mr Ruffieux to ensure a smooth handover of leadership before returning to his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

October 2020:

The Drug, Chemical & Associated Technologies Association (DCAT) has announced the members of its Board of Directors for the fiscal year, November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2021. Elected as President is Sean Diver, Director, Commercial Development, Small Molecule Drug Substance Lonza. Joining Mr. Diver as officers and Executive Committee members are Kerri McCullough Wood, Senior Vice President, Head of Commercial, Teva API and Medis, who served as 2nd Vice President and Finance Officer. This coming term, she will serve as 1st Vice President for the organization. Sally Macaluso, Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer, Medical Devices and Business Services Procurement, Johnson & Johnson, who served as 3rd Vice President, will become the 2nd Vice President and Finance Officer. Elected to the Executive Committee as the new 3rd Vice President is Charles Davies, Associate Vice President, Global Sourcing & Procurement/Global Pharmaceutical Operations, Merck & Co. Mr. Davies has served as a Director on the Board during the last two years.

August 2020:

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SK pharmteco has appointed Joyce Fitzharris (above) as general manager, SK biotek Ireland. She has been leading operations at the company’s Swords Campus in Dublin, on an interim basis since December 2019. She has worked within the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients business for close to 30 years, previously holding multiple technical and quality management positions with Bristol Myers Squibb and managed Operational Excellence across several affiliated API sites while with BMS and later at SK biotek Ireland.

CureVac has named Franz-Werner Haas, previously acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer (COO), as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Before Dr. Haas joined CureVac in June 2012, he worked as Vice President Operations and Chief Compliance Officer of SYGNIS Pharma AG, where he was responsible for the execution of M&A and capital market transactions. In addition, CureVac has announced that Igor Splawski joins the executive team as Chief Scientific Officer with immediate effect. In this role, he will be responsible for leading CureVac’s mRNA biology research. Dr. Splawski comes to CureVac from the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), where he served for two years as Executive Director and Site Head of the NIBR Biologics Center in Cambridge, Mass.

July 2020:

ApiJect Systems America, a public benefit corporation at the heart of the COVID-19 response, and its subsidiary, RAPID USA, have announced that Franco Negron has joined both organizations, as their new Chief Executive Officer. RAPID stands for “Rapid Aseptic Packaging of Injectable Drugs”. Mr. Negron comes to his new role at ApiJect and RAPID USA after most recently serving as President of Commercial Operations of Thermo Fisher Scientific. He joined the company in 2017 when it acquired his previous employer, Patheon Pharmaceuticals, where he served as President of Development & Commercial, North America. Mr. Negron succeeds ApiJect Systems America and RAPID USA co-founder Jay Walker, who had been serving in the dual role of Chairman and CEO. Mr. Walker will continue to serve as Executive Chairman, with a full-time focus on corporate strategy, product development, and global alliances.

CDMO Bora Pharmaceuticals, which specializes in immediate and modified release tablets and capsules, along with serialized packaging, has announced the appointment of four business development directors to its commercial teams in the US and Taiwan. Mark Dawson joins the team as Senior Director of Business Development. Based on the West Coast of the US in San Francisco, Mark brings a wealth of CDMO sales experience, having worked for Catalent, Eurofins, and Patheon over the last decade. Heading up the Southeast and Mid-West sales in the US, David Scheib joins the team as a Business Development Director. Based in Georgia, David brings almost 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical sales, having worked at Avara Pharmaceutical Services and Recro Pharma. Responsible for the Northeast US and Eastern Canada, Bora welcomes Kalyan Potluri as a Business Development Director. She was formerly a Research Scientist at Pfizer before moving into sales for CDMOs such as Almac. Finally, the company has appointed Wayne Hsiao as Asia Business Development Director. Wayne brings over 17 years' sector experience, previously working in API business development and regulatory technical services at ScinoPharm. He will be responsible for advancing strategic partnerships across Asia.

PMI BioPharma Solutions has announced it will rebrand to August Bioservices afte securing new funding from Oak HC/FT to expand its capabilities to become a specialized, one-stop-shop CDMO for clinical and commercial injectable therapies. PMI has also appointed several industry executives to its leadership team, including Jenn Adams as CEO; Mats Bjoerkman as CFO; Joe Mase as EVP of Operations and Brad Leach as SVP of Commercial Development.

Avomeen has hired Hashim Ahmed (below) as its new Head of Formulation and Manufacturing. In this position, he will further strengthen and expand Avomeen’s formulation and manufacturing segment by partnering with biopharmaceutical clients who are navigating the small- and large-molecule product development life cycle. Most recently, he held a Managing Director position at QLife Pharma. Prior to this, he held leadership positions at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, GSK-Stiefel, and Hoffmann-La Roche.

CDMO Cytovance Biologics has promoted Dr. John Mott (below) to Vice President of Development. Dr. Mott will serve on the Senior Leadership Team and report to Dr. Jesse McCool, Chief Executive Officer for Cytovance Biologics.Dr. Mott brings over 35 years of industry experience with bacterial protein expression and over 25 years of experience with mammalian protein expression. Prior to Cytovance, he served as Vice President of Laboratory Services for Aragen Bioscience. During his 30 years at Pfizer, he established the Cell Line Development group.

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In this role, Dr. Mott will provide scientific and operational oversight of R&D Services and the Open Innovation team. He will lead the strategic growth of Cytovance, including creating new business opportunities, acquiring cutting edge technologies, and promoting our technical expertise to new clients and partners.

June 2020:

Vaccine developer Novavax has named Ben Machielse as Executive Vice President, CMC, with responsibility for overseeing manufacturing, process technology, quality and regulatory functions. He was most recently Chief Executive Officer of rare disease company Vtesse, before its acquisition by Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, now a part of Mallinckrodt.

Biologics CDMO Avid Bioservices has appointed Nicholas Green president and chief executive officer, as well as a member of the company’s board of directors, effective July 30, 2020. He will succeed Rick Hancock who has served as interim president and CEO since May 2019. Mr. Hancock will continue to serve on Avid’s board of directors. Mr. Green has more than 30 years of experience in the global pharmaceutical and healthcare services industry with expertise in the contract manufacturing of novel pharmaceutical products.

Inovio has expanded its senior management team by appointing two experienced executives to lead its growth in the Asia market and to advance the clinical development of its DNA vaccine INO-4800 to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Gene Kim joins as President of Inovio Asia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inovio based in Seoul, Korea and will report to Dr. J. Joseph Kim, Inovio CEO. Mammen (Anza) Mammen joins as Senior Vice President, Clinical Development, overseeing the clinical development of INO-4800. Dr. Mammen will report to Inovio CSO Dr. Laurent Humeau.

Aldevron has named Kevin Ballinger as Chief Executive Officer, effective July 13. He joins from Boston Scientific, where he served the past nine years as Executive Vice President and Global President of its largest division, Interventional Cardiology. Mr. Ballinger will assume day-to-day operational leadership of Aldevron, facilitating the company’s rapid growth. Meanwhile, Aldevron’s co-founder, Michael Chambers, has been named Executive Chairman of the board. Mr. Chambers initiated the transition to allow him to focus on innovation, corporate strategy and working with clients and industry thought leaders to develop new technologies that enable genetic medicine.

Cambrex has named Tom Loewald as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the company’s board of directors, effective September 7th. As previously announced, in the interim, the company will be led by an Office of the CEO comprised of Wayne Hewett, Chairman of the Board, Robert Green, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Samantha Hanley, Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Loewald is a 15-year veteran of Thermo Fisher Scientific and currently serves as President of the Flexibles Division of flexible packaging manufacturer ProAmpac.

Moderna has hired Ray Jordan as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, effective Monday, June 15. He will serve on Moderna’s Executive Committee and report to Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Bancel. Mr. Jordan served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Amgen from 2012 through 2019.

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Boehringer Ingelheim has appointed Jean-Michel Boers (above) as US Country Managing Director, President and CEO. He will succeed Dr. Wolfgang Baiker, who will retire on July 31 after 31 years at the company. Mr Boers is currently President of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, having joined in 1998 in Belgium, and advancing through various roles in corporate and operating units, including Corporate Vice President, Marketing and Sales Effectiveness, Country Managing Director for France and Human Pharma head of a European region consisting of mid-sized countries.

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Lonza has announced that Pierre-Alain Ruffieux (above) has been appointed Chief Executive Officer effective 1 November, 2020. At that point, Albert Baehny will relinquish his position as CEO ad interim and return to his role as non-executive Chairman. Mr. Ruffieux is currently Head of Global Pharma Technical Operations at Roche. Prior to that he held roles of increasing seniority at Novartis and has over 20 years’ experience in biopharmaceuticals.

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CDMO Alcami has named industry veteran Walter J. Kaczmarek III (above) as Chief Executive Officer. He has served in executive roles at sveral pharmaceutical companies, including as President of the Multisource Pharmaceuticals division of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, COO of Aceto Corporation, and most recently, as President and CEO of Cosette Pharmaceuticals. 

Vectura has appointed Trevor Archbold and Robert Gurley as Business Development Directors with responsibility for Europe and the US West Coast respectively. Additionally, Chris Vernall will join Vectura in August as Business Development Director, and will work alongside Mr Archbold in Europe. All three will report to Mark Bridgewater, who was appointed as Vectura’s Chief Commercial Officer in March 2020. Mr Archbold was most recently Strategic Account Manager at DuPont Pharma Solutions prior to stints at The Dow Chemical Company, Croda and Catalent. Mr Gurley has over 20 years’ CDMO experience, and joins from Cambrex where he was Director of Business Development for the North West territory. Mr Vernall joins Vectura from Nanopharm (part of Aptar Pharma), where he led its business development activities.

Steven Klosk will retire as Chief Executive Officer of Cambrex on June 30 after 28 years with the company. The company’s board is currently in the advanced stages of a search for Mr. Klosk’s successor. In the interim, the company will be led by an Office of the CEO comprised of Wayne Hewett, Chairman of the Board, Robert Green, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Samantha Hanley, Senior Vice President and General Counsel. In addition to Mr. Klosk’s retirement, Shawn Cavanagh will step down as President, Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Directors, but will take on the new role of strategic advisor to the incoming CEO and Board of Directors for an initial twelve-month period.

Catalent has appointed Charles Lickfold as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer. Mr. Lickfold succeeds John McGill, who, following a period of transition, plans to retire in September 2020. Mr. Lickfold will report to Alessandro Maselli, the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, and assume responsibility for Catalent’s global IT services and technology. Prior to joining Catalent, he held numerous leadership positions, including Chief Information Officer at Alcami, Avara Pharmaceutical Services, and Gilbarco Veeder-Root.

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Aruvant Sciences has announced the appointment of V. "Palani" Palaniappan (above) as Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Dr. Palaniappan will be charged with growing Aruvant's technical and manufacturing capabilities for current and future programs. With 25 years of research and drug development experience, including extensive work in chemistry, manufacturing and controls, Dr. Palaniappan will oversee the manufacturing of ARU-1801, a one-time, potentially curative investigational gene therapy for patients with sickle cell disease.

WuxiAppTec has appointed Dr. David Chang as Chief Executive Officer of its cell and gene therapy CDMO, WuXi Advanced Therapies. In this new executive role, Dr. Chang will provide strategic, scientific and operational leadership to the company's global cell and gene therapy R&D and manufacturing services. He was previously Corporate Vice President and Head of Cell Therapy Global Manufacturing at Celgene, where he oversaw the CAR-T manufacturing network and the global manufacturing sciences and technologies teams.

May 2020:

Immunomedics has announced that Harout Semerjian has decided to step down from his role as President and Chief Executive Officer. The biotech company says the decision, which is effective immediately, is "precipitated by the unfortunate significant logistical obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, including Mr. Semerjian’s ability to fully assume his duties as CEO." Dr. Behzad Aghazadeh, Executive Chairman of Immunomedics, will continue to support the Company in an executive leadership role going forward.

Late-stage biopharmaceutical firm Elevar Therapeutics has announced Mark Gelder as Vice President of Medical Affairs. Dr. Gelder will build and lead Elevar's global medical organization. Dr. Gelder has 17 years of global medical affairs experience leading therapeutic oncology programs for Pfizer, Wyeth and Bayer, where he was involved in the approval and launch of several cancer therapeutics.

Biopharmaceutical company Hoth Therapeutics has appointed Michael H. Peters to its Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Peters is the inventor of Hoth's newly licensed Novel Peptide COVID-19 Therapeutic, to prevent spike protein binding, which may be a leading cause of COVID-19.

James M. Loar has been appointed chief commercial officer at CJB Applied Technologies, where he will head up global commercial activities related to innovation, contract development and manufacturing. He previously worked at Cool Planet for five years, most recently as president and chief executive officer.

North Carolina-based CDMO Alcami has named Brian Dillion as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance and Jacquelyn Uribe as Vice President of Quality Operations. “Jacque and Brian bring broad compliance expertise with a track record of success upholding the rigorous standards required by both customers and regulators in high growth environments,” commented Chief Financial Officer Eric Evans.

Clinical-stage drug discovery, development and manufacturing company Sutro Biopharma has appointed Craig Berman as Vice President of Clinical Development promoted Regina Cheng to Vice President of Finance and Controller. Dr. Berman has over 17 years of experience in drug development, including immuno-oncology, and most recently was Vice President of Clinical Development at QED Therapeutics.

Selexis SA has promoted Myriam Adam to Vice President, Operations and Intellectual Property; Séverine Fagète to Vice President, Cell Line Development Services; and Valérie Le Fourn to Vice President, Research.

CordenPharma has appointed William Cashin as Chief Quality & Compliance Officer and Dr. Lee Newton as Chief Operating Officer. Both were previously at Lonza, where Mr Cashin served as Global Head Quality, Mammalian & Microbial and where Dr. Newton most recently held the role of Senior Vice President and Business Unit Head for Lonza’s small molecule API business.

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