People News from the 03/17/06 News Brief
Dendreon Corporation has named Ernest Bognar GM of the company’s new manufacturing facility in Hanover, NJ. Bognar recently served as VP of manufacturing at Apptec Laboratory Services.
La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company has named Deirdre Gillespie CEO following the resignation of Steven B. Engle on March 14. Gillespie, who also joined the board of directors, has 20 years of executive management and clinical experience in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, and most recently was the CEO of Oxxon Therapeutics.
Columbia Laboratories has named Robert Mills CEO. Mills joined Columbia in May 2001 as SVP, operations. He was named COO in September 2003 and was appointed president in January 2006, at which time he was also elected to the company’s board of directors. Previously, Mills served as SVP, manufacturing operations, at Watson Pharmaceuticals. During his 30-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, he also served as VP, operations, at Alpharma and held various positions with Aventis.
West Coast Biologicals has named Mark Backer president and CEO. Backer began working in the biotech industry in 1978, when he was the seventh employee of Genentech and initiated its pilot manufacturing operations. He also held development and operations positions of increasing responsibility with Eli Lilly, IDEC Pharmaceuticals, Systemix and Aviron (now MedImmune Vaccines).
Stonefly Communications Group has named Paula Gnandt healthcare copy specialist. Gnandt joins Stonefly from GSW Worldwide, Stonefly’s sister advertising agency, where she served as healthcare copy specialist. Gnandt is a member of the American Medical Writers Association.
The Hal Lewis Group has made three additions to its operations. Sam Lowe joins HLG as creative director, copy. Lowe’s creative work has been recognized by MM&M and the New Jersey Business Marketing Association. Ashley Bird will serve as account supervisor on the Healthpoint account—a recent new business win for the agency. Bayer brings more than 14 years of strategic account management experience from both pharma and advertising. Rebecca David joins as account coordinator. David comes to HLG from IntraMed Educational Group in New York, where she was program director.
Williams-Labadie made two new hires. Christopher “Cat” Turner joins as an information architect/copywriter. Turner was most recently an information architect, copywriter and project manager at Tribal DDB Chicago. Colin Gildea joins the agency as an interactive developer.
CommonHealth has named Beth Paulino SVP, director of corporate communications. Paulino has been with the CommonHealth organization for 17 years, holding unit-specific positions with Ferguson and ProCom. For the past seven years, Paulino has tenured in the organization’s corporate communications department, where she has spearheaded the development of all communications for the 13 individual units of CommonHealth and its personnel. Kerianne McGuire joins CommonHealth as manager, corporate communications. Most recently, McGuire was employed as an account executive at Patricia Morris Associates, an independent marketing firm located in Clark.
The Chatham Institute, a MediMedia USA Company, has hired Peter Aupperle as medical director. Aupperle joins Chatham from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Medical School, where he was division director of geriatric psychiatry and professor of psychiatry.
Aptuit has appointed Kurt Mussina VP, sales and marketing, of its global drug development services enterprise. Mussina will manage Aptuit’s global sales and marketing force. Prior to joining Aptuit, Mussina was VP, commercial operations, for CRF.
Ventiv Commercial Services has made five new hires. Bob Melillo will serve as VP & managing director of sample management, responsible for The Franklin Group and PRS Sample Accountability businesses and for coordinating Ventiv Commercial Services’ whole-system sample management offering. Joe Melillo is the new VP operations, sample management. Jackie Gerber joins the company as director of regulatory compliance. VCS also welcomes Tricia Glover as chief compliance officer. Prior to joining VCS, Glover held compliance management positions at Teva Neuroscience, Sanofi-Aventis and Pfizer. Additionally, Tyrone Brewer joins the patient services team of VCS as executive director, marketing/business development. Prior to joining VCS, Brewer held senior-level marketing positions within Ortho Biotech and Sanofi-Aventis.
The Schwartz Group has promoted two managers. Ira Wood has been promoted to senior project manager, medical meeting audience generation services, and Peter Ruddock has been promoted to the newly created position of project manager, intelligence gathering, laboratory and diagnostics marketing services. Wood has been with The Schwartz Group since 2002 and has worked in a variety positions, including quality assurance, training and project management. Ruddock received his PhD from the University of the West of England and has functioned as a project coordinator since joining The Schwartz Group.
Scientific Advantage, a provider of services related to medical science liaisons, has appointed Xio Curry senior project director. Curry previously served as project director. Before joining Scientific Advantage, Curry was training coordinator at Yamanouchi Pharma America. Curry is a member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association and the American Society of Training & Development.
Advanced Health Media named Bryan Lilley VP, software development. Prior to his current role, Lilley served as director, software development, for the firm.
Mike Weiss has been promoted to VP, sales, at /alert Marketing, a division of Jobson Publishing Group Companies. Weiss has been a key executive at /alert Marketing since January 2004 and is responsible for leading and directing the sales team.