People news: Nycomed US, Vitae and Taris Biomedical
Vitae Pharmaceuticals hired Christine Brennan, PhD as chief business officer. Most recently, she served as executive director and head of strategy and operations for strategic alliances at Novartis' Institutes for BioMedical Research.Specialty firm Taris Biomedical hired Sarma Duddu, PhD, as president, CEO and board member, effective immediately. Taris focuses on the field of drug-device convergence for targeted therapies, and Sarmu has been involved in all aspects of the drug-delivery business during a 15-year career. Most recently, he was general manager and VP of worldwide drug-delivery technologies for Cima Labs, a Cephalon unit, and prior to that served as VP of pharmaceutical development at Nektar Therapeutics.