People News from the 01/06/06 News Brief

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MANUFACTURERS Alliant Pharmaceuticals, a pediatric specialty pharmaceutical company, has appointed Allen Fields as VP, research and development, and Pete Joiner as director, national accounts. Bristol-Myers Squibb has announced the promotion of John Celentano to president, Health Care Group. In this new assignment, Celentano will have responsibility for all the company’s non-pharmaceutical businesses, including Mead Johnson Nutritionals, ConvaTec and Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Imaging. AGENCIES CommonHealth has announced the promotions of four of its senior staffers to president of their respective units: Darlene Dobry to president, Carbon; John Nosta to president, Noesis; Michael Parisi to president, Altum; and Shaun Urban to president, Solara. Interlink Healthcare Communications promoted Steve Lederman and hired Patrick Boyce and Todd Juro. Lederman has been named VP and director of production services, where he will be responsible for day-to-day management of the agency’s Multimedia Group. Boyce is Interlink’s new senior Web developer. Previously, he worked in Web development consulting for Wyeth. Juro, a multimedia specialist, has had 15 years of experience as a staff and freelance designer specializing in interactive multimedia, animation, Web site design and production for a wide range of clients. Adient, CommonHealth’s professional advertising and promotion agency, has announced the addition of three new hires. Deborah Hughes joins Adient as VP, group creative director. Most recently, Hughes worked at Torre Lazur McCann as VP, group creative director. Anne Squadrito is a new VP, associate creative director, at Adient. Squadrito comes to the company from Torre Lazur McCann, where she was an associate creative director. Al Zowada will serve as a new business manager at Adient. Prior to this, Zowada was a production coordinator at Sandy Alexander Inc. Palio Communications has announced the appointments of Eric Rivera as VP/account director, Stephanie Robbins as account coordinator, and Dawn Ronaldo as account executive. Prior to joining the Palio team, Rivera was VP, program development, at Postgraduate Institute for Medicine. Interbrand Wood Healthcare New York has appointed Beatrice (Bunny) Ellerin as managing director responsible for the rxmark brand research business. Ellerin joins from PPD Inc, where she was previously executive director of online marketing and education. The West Coast agency of Torre Lazur McCann has announced the appointment of Randy Morris as creative director. Prior to joining TLM West, Morris spent seven years providing freelance creative service to Allergan, and from 1988 to 1998 was associate creative director/art for Pacific Communications. SUPPLIERS Covance, a comprehensive drug-development services company, announced that Edgar Adams has joined the company as executive director of epidemiology. Previously, Adams spent 23 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service, eventually as director of the division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Before joining Covance, he consulted to the biopharmaceutical industry on the design, assessment and implementation of risk minimization action plans, postmarketing surveillance, drug scheduling (nationally and internationally) and drug abuse epidemiology. Gentris Corporation, a global provider of applied clinical pharmacogenomic services and diagnostic product solutions, announced that Scott Clark has been promoted to VP of research and development from the position of executive director of scientific affairs. Gentris has also recruited scientist Heath Knight, as VP of business development. Clark will be responsible for Gentris’ scientific strategy and will manage the Clinical Genetics Research and Development division. Knight has more than 13 years of experience and has held senior management positions at prominent contract research organizations,  including Lark Technologies, Commonwealth Biotechnologies and RTI International. MEDIA Quadrant Healthcom’s The Female Patient, a peer-reviewed journal, has announced the appointment of Vivian Dickerson as editor in chief, beginning in January 2006. The journal’s previous editor in chief, Thomas Nolan, has left the post after 14 years of service. Dickerson has served as an associate editor of TFP’s advisory board since 1999. CMP Healthcare Media announced that Ronald Pies, clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and psychiatric textbook author, has been named science content editor of Psychiatric Times. Milos Opravil, a physician and researcher, has been named by Thomas Land Publishers as the editor in chief of the independent journal HIV Clinical Trials (HCT). Opravil will succeed Maurice Staquet, HCT’s founding editor in chief, who will continue to serve on HCT’s editorial board. Ascend Media announced the addition of two executives to its management team. Mark Brockelman has joined the company as VP/CFO. Brockelman most  recently served as VP of finance and chief accounting officer for American Media. Dennis Triola will serve as president of the company’s Allied Healthcare division.
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