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CellCyte Genetics Corporation has appointed Tony Colasin director of business development. Colasin was former senior director of business development for ICOS Corporation. From January 2001 to January 2007, he directed that company's business development during several major product introductions. Colasin managed M&A investment banking engagements, establishing a screening/evaluation process. He led the development and implementation of ICOS' product licensing review process and standardized valuation techniques (NPV and option valuation), which increased the number of opportunities assessed annually and improved overall capacity for revenue. Colasin was responsible for building a urology franchise to leverage the Cialis brand. Colasin led a team that created an integrated business development strategy for the company's urology franchise and was a member of the Cialis pre-commercialization team created to develop ICOS sales force strategy/configuration and pre-launch activities to establish brand character. While at ICOS, he also secured a co-promotion agreement of Androgel: successfully led the cross-functional effort to identify products complementary to Cialis and negotiated and executed a multi-million dollar co-promotion agreement for the ICOS sales force. He is also attributed with negotiating rights to a drug used to treat chronic painful bladder syndrome valued at over $25 million, and establishing a $68 million+ strategic alliance and cross-license agreement with a large, potentially competitive biotechnology company.  Prior to ICOS, Colasin was senior finance manager, corporate finance, for Amgen.  
 
Tris Pharma named Timothy Saxon VP, business development. Prior to joining Tris Pharma, Saxon served as a business development consultant in the biotech space. From 1999 to 2006, he worked for Wyeth as AVP of global business development, and conducted several significant product licensing deals in China, Japan, and elsewhere.
 
AGENCIES
AbelsonTaylor has hired Diedrea White as account supervisor for a global assignment in the oncology category. White comes to AbelsonTaylor from Health Science Communications, a healthcare marketing communications company based in New York, where she served most recently as group program director for a major oncology drug. Before that, she was account supervisor at Lifebrands, a New York healthcare agency, and Noesis Healthcare, a Morristown, NJ-based agency, where, in addition to oncology, she worked on products in the antibiotic, migraine, epilepsy and dermatology categories. Before her work at healthcare agencies, White, worked as manager of member relations and diversity initiatives for the Oncology Nursing Society in Pittsburgh, PA. She also worked as a consultant for the Family Health Council in Pittsburgh, managing a regional HIV/AIDS community outreach project. A graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington with a dual major in journalism and French, she is currently pursuing a master's degrees in business administration. She also did undergraduate work in broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Passionate about culture, she studied French phonetics at La Sorbonne in Paris and Spanish linguistics and culture at the Cuanauhauc Spanish Institute in Cuernavaca in Mexico. White is also the recipient of honors for her work in healthcare. She won the 2004 Honor Roll Award from the American Society of Association Executives for development of the ONS Students Virtual Community, and is the winner of five Peer Recognition Awards from the Oncology Nursing Society in 2003 and 2004. She is also a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, and the United Spinal Association.
 
MEDIA
The HealthCentral Network announced that Cathy Hamilton, author, humorist and Web site founder, will join MyDietExercise.com as a blogger. Hamilton first gained online prominence through her site, BoomerGirl.com, an Eppy Award-winning venture that is devoted to wellness in women born during the Baby Boom.
 
SUPPLIERS
SK&A Information Services named Tim Powell senior director of sales, a newly created position. Powell's most recent positions were as area director-Western US at Dun & Bradstreet where he achieved a revenue target of $27 million with a 30 member sales team; and regional manager- Southwest Region at Experian Business Information Solutions.
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