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Astellas Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Associate Director of Medical Safety

Shaka Martin has joined Astellas Pharma as Associate Director of Medical Safety. Dr. Martin joins Astellas after consulting for Tesaro where he was their leading Safety Physician. In addition to a MD from Palacky University Medical Faculty, Dr. Martin has held positions of increasing related responsibility at Boston Biomedical Inc., Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Merck Kgaa – Serono, and Seqirus Pharmaceuticals. 

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Regeneron Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Associate Director, Clinical Sciences Immunology

Angeliki Giannelou has joined Regeneron as Associate Director, Clinical Sciences Immunology. Dr. Giannelou joins Regeneron from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases -(NIAMS)/NIH where she served as a Visiting Research Fellow. In addition to a MD from the University of Patra, Dr. Giannelou has held positions of increasing related responsibility at NIAMS throughout her career.

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Agios Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Head of Rare Disease Clinical Development

Chris Mix has joined Agios as Head of Rare Disease Clinical Development. Dr. Mix joins Agios from Sarepta Therapeutics where he served as Executive Medical Director, Global Development and Head of Clinical Development. In addition to a MD from the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Mix has held positions of increasing related responsibility at Tufts New England Medical Center, Amgen, and Alexion.

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Agiloft Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Director of Customer Success

Michael Ford has joined Agiloft as Director of Customer Success, responsible for Agiloft’s professional services team supporting Agiloft’s award-winning no-code application development software platform. Mr. Ford joins Agiloft from a long term consulting engagement at Sephora where he was responsible for launching a complete replacement of backend (SAP/ERP) and Retail Point of Sale (Micros POS) systems for Sephora Brazil.

“It was a tall order to find the right person to offload this critical area of responsibility that I’ve personally managed since the company’s inception,” said Bridget Conrad, Agiloft co-owner. “Mike quickly became an invaluable addition to our management team. I can’t imagine a better outcome on this search, which also went much faster than expected. Westwood & Wilshire was an excellent partner to find the right executive talent for our unique company’s business and culture.”

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Takeda Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Director, US Medical Affairs Oncology

Robert Schlossman has joined Takeda as Director, US Medical Affairs Oncology. Dr. Schlossman joins Takeda from Dana Farber where he served as Assistant Professor of Medicine. In addition to a MD from Harvard University, Dr. Schlossman has held positions of increasing related responsibility at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, BWH/DFCI, and Harvard Medical.

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BioMarin Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Director, Business Development

Thaminda Ramanayake has joined BioMarin as Director, Business Development. Mr. Ramanayake joins BioMarin from Amgen where he served as Senior Manager – Business Development. In addition to a MBA from the University of Rochester, Mr. Ramanayake has held positions of increasing related responsibility at Empire Valuation Consulting, Ernst & Young, LLP, and Grant Thornton, LLP.

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Calico Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Pharmacology Scientist 4

Tian Cai has joined Calico as Pharmacology Scientist 4. Dr. Cai joins Calico from United Therapeutics where he served as Senior Manager (Head) of Translational Studies, Regenerative Medicine. In addition to a PhD from the University of Illinois, Dr. Cai has held positions of increasing related responsibility at Merck & Co., Inc. throughout his career.

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BioMarin Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Director of Development Science Quality, TMF and Records Management

Anne Kulak has joined BioMarin as Director of Development Science Quality, TMF and Records Management. Ms. Kulak joins BioMarin from Cara Therapeutics where she served as Associate Director GxP Documents Quality and Compliance. In addition to a MS from the Drexel University, Ms. Kulak has held positions of increasing related responsibility at MedImmune/AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Medidata Solutions.

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Baxter Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Vice President, Head of Global Regulatory Affairs

Lynn Pawelski has joined Baxter as Vice President, Head of Global Regulatory Affairs. Ms. Pawelski joins Baxter from Johnson & Johnson, Medical Devices ETHICON Inc., where she served as the Worldwide Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. In addition to a MBA from the Fairleigh Dickinson University, Ms. Pawelski has held positions of increasing related responsibility at Johnson & Johnson throughout her career.

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Neural Analytics Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Vice President, Clinical Affairs

Bisrat Woldemichael has joined Neural Analytics as Vice President, Clinical Affairs. Ms. Woldemichael joins Neural Analytics from Medallion Therapeutics where she served as Clinical Affairs Director. In addition to a MS from the University of Washington, Ms. Woldemichael has held positions of increasing related responsibility at Guidant Vascular Intervention, Boston Scientific, and St. Jude Medical.

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BioMarin Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Director, Regulatory Affairs CMC

Jocelyn Oriondo has joined BioMarin as Director, Regulatory Affairs CMC. Ms. Oriondo joins BioMarin from Amgen where she served as Director, Regulatory Affairs CMC. In addition to a BS from the University of California, Ms. Oriondo has held positions of increasing related responsibility at Siemens Medical Solutions, Probitas Pharma Inc., and Amgen.

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Verily Life Sciences Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Chief Operations Officer

Ashraf Hanna has joined Verily Life Sciences as Chief Operations Officer. Dr. Hanna joins Verily from Oric Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where he served as the CEO. In addition to a PhD from Harvard, and an MD from the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Hanna has held positions of increasing related responsibility at Tanox, Nexvet, and Genentech.

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Jazz Pharmaceuticals Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Associate Medical Director, Clinical Development-Hematology/Oncology

Ron Cheung has joined Jazz Pharmaceuticals as Associate Medical Director, Clinical Development-Hematology/Oncology. Dr. Cheung joins Jazz from Seattle Children’s Hospital where he served as Attending Physician, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. In addition to a MD and PhD from the University of Washington, Dr. Cheung has held positions of increasing related responsibility at University of Washington School of Medicine and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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BioMarin Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Senior Medical Director, PegPal

Jan Iles has joined BioMarin as Senior Medical Director, PegPal. Dr. Iles joins BioMarin from Amgen, Inc. where she served as Clinical Research Medical Director, Sensipar/Mimpara, Parsabiv. In addition to a MD from McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Iles has held positions of increasing related responsibility at Immediate Family Medical Care, INC Research, and Quintiles Transnational Corporation.

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Kristin Speer Joins Westwood & Wilshire as Managing Director, Technology Practice

We are excited to welcome Kristin Speer to the Westwood & Wilshire team as Managing Director, Technology Practice, based in Redwood Shores, CA. Kristin distinguished herself in Korn/Ferry International’s Global Technology Practice, and went on to establish AccelSearch, completing numerous retained executive searches across a variety of C-level roles for both emerging technology startups and global technology companies. Her expertise in placing cross-functional CXO’s and VP’s to build high-performance executive teams is sought after by CEOs and HR leaders.

Kristin’s experience in SaaS, PaaS, IoT companies focuses on enterprise application software, network security, fintech, and digital health. “Kristin’s experience aligns well with our expanding Technology Practice that has grown out of our Biotech and Life Sciences Practice,” said Alan Cullen, Westwood & Wilshire’s CEO. “Kristin’s unique background and dedication to client satisfaction is a natural fit for our firm.”

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BioMarin Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Vice President of Medical Services, Global Medical Affairs

Bert Bakker has joined BioMarin as Vice President of Medical Services, Global Medical Affairs. Bert is a senior industry executive with expertise in pediatric and adult endocrinology and joins BioMarin from Versartis, where he served as Senior Vice President, Global Medical Affairs. Prior to Versartis, Dr. Bakker held positions of increasing related responsibility at Pfizer, Genentech, and Ipsen.

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BioMarin Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Director of Regulatory Affairs

Julie Rider has joined BioMarin as Director of Regulatory Affairs. Dr. Rider joins BioMarin from Bioelectron Technology Corp. where she served as Director, Nonclinical Development and Regulatory Affairs. In addition to a PhD from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Rider has held positions of increasing related responsibility at Northrop Grumman Corp., Cato Research, and Pharus Solutions, LLC.

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miRagen Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Senior Vice President, Clinical Science

Diana Escolar has joined miRagen as Senior Vice President, Clinical Science. Dr. Escolar joins miRagen from Akashi Therapeutics, Inc. where she served as Chief Medical Officer. In addition to a MD from the University of Buenos Aires, Dr. Escolar has held positions of increasing related responsibility at the Children’s National Medical Center, Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center, and Cooperative International Neuromuscular Research Group.

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Regeneron Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Head, Clinical Trial Operations

Gretel Cammarata has joined Regeneron as Head, Clinical Trial Operations. Ms. Cammarata joins Regeneron from Shionogi, Inc. where she served as Vice President, Clinical Operations. In addition to a B.S. in Biology from Colgate University, Ms. Cammarata has held positions of increasing related responsibility at Merck & Co., Inc. and Shionogi, Inc.

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Pharmavite Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Labeling Manager

Ashwini Telang has joined Pharmavite as Labeling Manager. Ms. Telang joins Pharmavite from Nestle USA where she served as Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Manager. In addition to a B.S. from UC Davis, Ms. Telang has held positions of increasing related responsibility at Clinical Research Center LAC + USC Hospital, Herbalife, and Natrol, Inc.

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