Synlogic names CMO, head of regulatory affairs; CFO departs

Synlogic has appointed Richard Riese to the role of chief medical officer and Michael Slater, formerly a consultant to the company, as head of regulatory affairs. The company also said CFO Todd Shegog is planning to depart on September 18. 

Athenex named Lang to senior role

Biopharmaceutical company Athenex has appointed Daniel Lang as president of Axis Therapeutics and senior director of corporate development at Athenex, reporting to CEO Johnson Lau. Most recently, Lang was chief investment officer of RS Value. 

Blink Health brings on Malik 

Prescription medication app Blink Health has hired Khurrum Malik as head of growth marketing, overseeing divisions including brand and creative, product marketing, communications, content marketing and lifestyle marketing. Previously, he was CMO at Compass and global director of product marketing at Spotify. 

Healio names two to leadership team

Healio Strategic Solutions has appointed two to its leadership team, naming Chris Rosenberg as VP of client solutions and hiring Adrienne Stevens as VP and scientific director, a new role. The appointments followed the restructuring of Healio’s sales organization and rebranding of its business units.  

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 Frank Washkuch at