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Michael Simms has joined Alexza Pharmaceuticals as SVP, operations and manufacturing. Simms was most recently SVP, manufacturing operations at Nektar Therapeutics.

Ovation Pharmaceuticals has named Christopher Silber VP, clinical affairs. He will assume his new responsibilities March 4. Silber joins Ovation from Takeda where he served as executive medical director and global development team leader for the company's diabetic neuropathy and neuropathic pain clinical programs. Previously he led drug development for Hospira's critical care and generics portfolios following 13 years at Abbott Laboratories in a variety of clinical research roles.

Rodale hired John McCarthy as VP, Rodale Direct, for Women's Health and other titles.  Most recently, he was SVP of consumer marketing at Source Interlink Media.

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