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Leadership skills must adapt for rare disease success

In pharmaphorum’s rare disease focus month, Karl Simpson of Liftstream explores whether a different set of skills, experience and talent are required to develop orphan drugs, and questions how different the business model of rare diseases is. The article was … Continue reading

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Shire adds to board with appointment of Ian Clark

Shire plc has joined Agios Pharmaceuticals in announcing the appointment of Ian Clark to the Board of Directors. Mr. Clark served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Genentech Inc (part of the Roche Group) and Head of North American … Continue reading

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Aegerion Names Mary Szela as CEO

Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialisation of innovative therapies for patients with debilitating rare diseases, has appointed Mary Szela as CEO and a member of board of directors. Szela replaces interim CEO Sandford Smith who … Continue reading

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Blueprint Medicines Bolsters Senior Management

Blueprint Medicines, a company discovering and developing highly selective investigational kinase medicines for patients with genomically defined diseases, has appointed Kathryn (Kate) Haviland as Chief Business Officer, who will be responsible for the firm’s corporate strategy, business development, corporate communications … Continue reading

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Board Appointment for IPO-ready Dimension Therapeutics

Just days after setting the terms for its pending IPO, Dimension Therapeutics, Inc., a leading rare disease company advancing novel, liver-directed treatments for diverse genetic disorders,  announced the election of Alan B. Colowick, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Vice President of Celgene … Continue reading

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Big-Pharma Defection Continues

In a continuation of a developing trend, two big-pharma executives left their cozy corner offices for the fast and wild biotech world. This year we have already seen a number of big names defect for the biotech world, the reasons … Continue reading

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Agilis Biotherapeutics Strengthens Board of Directors

Agilis Biotherapeutics a biotechnology company in Cambridge, Massachusetts  which is advancing innovative DNA therapeutics for rare genetic diseases that affect the central nervous system (CNS), appointed Arthur Tzianabos, Ph.D. to the Company’s Board of Directors. Dr. Tzianabos already serves on … Continue reading

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Sara Mathew further diversifies Shire’s Board

Shire plc has appointed Sara Mathew to its Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director. Sara will also be a member of the Audit, Compliance & Risk Committee of the Shire Board. Both appointments will be effective as of September 1, 2015. … Continue reading

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$40m for rare focused Rhythm

Rhythm announced today the completion of a $40 million Series A financing for its subsidiary, Rhythm Metabolic, Inc., which is developing setmelanotide (RM-493), a novel peptide MC4 agonist for the treatment of obesity caused by genetic deficiencies in the MC4 … Continue reading

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Dimension Therapeutics Diversifies Leadership with Management and Board Appointment

Dimension Therapeutics, a leading rare disease company advancing novel, liver-directed treatments for diverse genetic disorders has announced that it has expanded its Board of Directors with the elections of Georges Gemayel, Ph.D., former Executive Vice President of Genzyme Corporation, and Arlene M. … Continue reading

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