New hires:

Deerfield Agency, a 2023 MM+M Agency 100 honoree, hired Bill Veltre as EVP, head of media.

A2 Bio named James Robinson as CEO and a member of the board of directors.

Noetik appointed Dr. Shafique Virani as chief business officer.

Clinical-stage biopharma IDRx named David P. Kerstein, MD as chief medical officer.

Poseida Therapeutics added Dr. Syed Rizvi as chief medical officer.

Healthcare marketing agency The Considered added three VPs to its leadership team.

Laverock Therapeutics appointed Ali Elsley as its finance director.

Executive elevations:

Former Medtronic PR lead Julia Fuller was promoted to MP at Ford Hutman Media

Healthcare amenities company HHP promoted Meg Finn to VP of marketing.

Renibus Therapeutics named co-founder and former co-CEO Jeffrey Keyser, RPh, JD, PhD as President and CEO.

Communications agency MMC announced a series of new hires and executive promotions.

Peregrine Market Access announced three promotions.

Board appointments:

Takeda Pharmaceuticals announced that Milano Furuta, who is succeeding CFO Constantine Saroukos on April 1, will be a candidate for board director at the ordinary general meeting of shareholders. If approved by shareholders,Furuta will join the board effective June 26.

Former BioMarin CEO Jean-Jacques Bienaimé was appointed chairman of the board at Owkin.

Sosei Group Corporation announced the re-election of its board of directors and executive officers at its annual shareholders meeting. The company also changed its name to Nxera Pharma.

Biopharma Chimerix named Marc Kozin to its board of directors.

Tvardi Therapeutics appointed Sujal Shah as chairman and added Shaheen Wirk to its board of directors.

Curative Biotechnology nominated Dr. Theresa Heah to its board of directors.

Biotech Psilera named Magali Haas, MD, PhD to its board of directors.

Theratechnologies added Jordan Zwick to its board of directors.


Synthego Corporation announced that Paul Dabrowski would step down as CEO effective immediately and be replaced by Craig Christianson.


The London International Awards announced Susan Perlbachs, chief creative officer at Eversana Intouch, New York will preside over the Health & Wellness jury; Tom Richards, chief creative officer at 21Grams, London will preside over the Pharma & Medical jury; and Jonathan Isaacs, global chief creative officer of TBWA\Health Collective will preside over the Health & Wellness-Craft and Pharma & Medical-Craft jury.

Independent presidential candidate and anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a 2024 MM+M Healthcare Marketing Influencer, named attorney and entrepreneur Nicole Shanahan as his running mate.

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