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Xenoport to seek partner to develop drug; CEO steps down

Xenoport Inc said it would stop developing on its own a drug that showed high rates of side effects in a study and instead focus on its treatment for restless leg syndrome. The company also said on Thursday that Ronald Barrett, its chief executive since 2001, has stepped down and will be succeeded by Chief […]

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European drugs agency reappoints head after hiring debacle

Italy’s Guido Rasi is set to resume his leadership of the European Medicines Agency, following a year-long hiatus caused by a mess-up over the way he was originally appointed. The drugs watchdog – Europe’s equivalent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – said its management board had nominated Rasi as executive director at an […]

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Former RCW McCann Partners Back Together in New Agency

After almost two years apart and almost 18 years to the day that they founded their first healthcare ad agency, the partners who created Regan Campbell Ward – Maureen Regan, Richard Campbell, and Brendan Ward – are together again. Regan introduced the new agency, MRB Partners, in a short announcement today. “In founding MRB we […]

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Industry Veteran Named President of Guidemark Health

Guidemark Health appoints Vic Zambrotta President September 21, 2015 (Parsippany, NJ) – Guidemark Health, in furtherance of its strategy to meld big industry talent with a nimble agency model, has named Vic Zambrotta as President. Zambrotta brings more than 30 years experience in healthcare sales, marketing, and communications to Guidemark Health and its clients. Immediately […]

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Former Naurex Team Launches New Spin-Out Company, Aptinyx

EVANSTON, Ill., Sept. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Aptinyx Inc., a biopharmaceutical company advancing modulators of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor for the treatment of challenging disorders of the brain and nervous system, has launched with the discovery platform and preclinical pipeline spun out of Naurex upon the close of its acquisition by Allergan in August 2015. “As […]

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Obama nominates Robert Califf as FDA commissioner

President Barack Obama has nominated Dr. Robert Califf, a leading cardiologist and researcher, as the next commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a sprawling agency that oversees everything from food and drugs to tobacco, dietary supplements and cosmetics.   Califf, whose nomination was announced on Tuesday, joined the agency in January as a […]

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AstraZeneca names Genentech’s Bohen as chief medical officer

British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca named Sean Bohen as its chief medical officer, in an appointment that it said could help accelerate the development of new oncology and immunology medicines.   AstraZeneca, Britain’s second biggest drugmaker behind GSK, has pinned its future on cancer drugs, where it is vying with rivals such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck […]

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Fingerpaint Adds to New Business Team

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Fingerpaint, a full-service marketing agency based in Saratoga Springs, NY, has added MacKenzie Jones to its new business team. Jones will be based in the agency’s Saratoga Springs office. Jones, a former Fingerpaint intern and recent graduate of George Mason University, works across all agency disciplines as she strategically targets new […]

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Medicine Avenue

Klick Ideas Exchange powers kickoff of BIO convention One of the highest-powered events of the BIO 2015 convention in Philadelphia did not actually take place in the convention center itself, but up the street at the National Museum of American Jewish History, at Klick Health’s inaugural Ideas Exchange event. The invitation-only event, co-sponsored by BIO, […]

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People On The Move

New CFO, financial team members, at Purdue Pharma Jean-Jacques “JJ” Charhon has joined Purdue Pharma as executive VP and chief financial officer. Charhon is responsible for the company’s financial, procurement, and information technology functions. “JJ is a proven leader with experience in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and technology industries,” says Mark Timney, president and CEO. “His […]

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