Forma Therapeutics adds executives

Forma Therapeutics has built out its executive team by hiring Todd Shegog as SVP and CFO; he was previously CFO for Synlogic. Jeannette Potts was hired as SVP and general counsel. Potts previously worked at Takeda as VP and head counsel for research and development. Dr. Patrick Kelly was appointed SVP and chief medical officer, and Mary Wadlinger was named SVP of corporate affairs and chief human resources officer. Scott Boyle was hired as VP of business and corporate development. Brian Lesser was appointed VP and therapeutic head.

United Biologics hires Barnhill

United Biologics has hired John Barnhill as president and general manager. He was previously VP of marketing and business development at OmniGuide.

Sonoma Pharmaceuticals appoints interim CEO, CFO

Sonoma Pharmaceuticals has promoted Amy Trombly to interim CEO and John Dal Poggetto to CFO after CEO and interim CFO Bubba Sandford left on September 25. Trombly previously served as Sonoma’s corporate and securities counsel, while Dal Poggetto was EVP of finance.

Sangamo Therapeutics hires SVP and chief medical officer

Dr. Bettina Cockroft has joined Sangamo Therapeutics as SVP and chief medical officer. She worked at Cytokinetics where she was a member of the senior leadership team in charge of clinical development of fast skeletal muscle troponin activators.

Noven Pharmaceuticals appoints Higo CEO

Noven Pharmaceuticals has hired Dr. Naruhito Higo as CEO, replacing Jeff Mihm, who has stepped down. Higo has served as chairman of the company’s board of directors since 2017. He also serves on the board of directors for Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical, of which Noven is a standalone operating subsidiary.

Phathom Pharmaceuticals names Curran CEO

Terri Curran has been appointed CEO of Phathom Pharmaceuticals following Bristol-Myers Squibb’s acquisition of Celgene. Curran will also serve on the board of directors. Previously, Curran was president of the global inflammation and immunology franchise at Celgene.

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