Two new appointments at Unigene
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Unigene Laboratories, a US-based company focused on the design, delivery, manufacture and development of peptide-based therapeutics, has appointed Gregory Mayes to the newly created position of vice-president of corporate affairs and general counsel, and promoted Roxanne Tavakkol from senior director of regulatory affairs to vice-president of global regulatory affairs. Mr Mayes has more than 10 years' biopharmaceutical legal counsel and business experience, having most recently served as vice-president, general counsel and chief compliance officer at ImClone Systems.
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Qforma, a provider of analytics and predictive modelling technologies for the health sciences industry, has elected Mark Spiers to its board of directors. Mr Spiers retired as president and CEO of Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions in April; he has also previously worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pharmacia and MedPointe Pharmaceuticals.
The San Diego, California-based biopharmaceutical company Optimer Pharmaceuticals has appointed Dr Nancy Ruiz senior vice-president of R&D, Cynthia Schwalm senior vice-president of international and Dr Kasia Petchel senior vice-president of pharmacovigilance. These newly created positions will strengthen the company's management team as it prepares for the potential launch of its lead product candidate, Dificid (fidaxomicin). Dr Ruiz joins from Merck Research Laboratories (formerly Schering-Plough Research Institute), where she served as vice-president of project and pipeline management for infectious diseases. Ms. Schwalm was previously president of Eisai Pharmaceuticals, the US commercial arm of Tokyo-based Eisai Co, while Dr Petchel was formerly vice-president of global head drug safety risk management at Roche.