Epirium hires chief medical officer

San Diego-based biopharma company Epirium Bio has appointed Ransi Somaratne chief medical officer. Previously, Somaratne led BioMarin’s hemophilia A gene therapy program and was global development lead for Repatha at Amgen.

Kate Farms names chief medical officer

Cynthia Ambres was named chief medical officer at Kate Farms, a newly created position at the medical formula company. Previously, Ambres was a partner at KPMG, ran her own consulting company and served as chief medical officer for HealthNow NY.

Eisai appoints two VPs

Scott Steuart was named VP of market access and Joel Beetsch was named VP of corporate affairs at Eisai. 

Portola hires medical chief

Rajiv Patni has joined Portola Pharmaceuticals as chief medical officer. Previously, Patni served in the same role at Adamas Pharmaceuticals.

Aerie Pharmaceuticals hires VP

Michelle Senchyna has joined Aerie Pharmaceuticals as VP of clinical development and medical affairs. She previously worked at Allergan.

CytomX Therapeutics appoints chief medical officer

Alison L. Hannah has joined CytomX as chief medical officer. She previously served as senior medical director at Sugen.

Client-side people moves courtesy of MM&M sister brand The PMD.

The Escalator is a weekly roundup of notable people moves in the pharmaceutical and healthcare marketing industries. For submissions, email Carrie Gavit at carrie.gavit@haymarketmedia.com.