Alexion co-founder will retire in January

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Alexion co-founder will retire in January

Alexion ($ALXN) announced that Stephen Squinto, the company's co-founder and chief global operations officer, will be retiring in January. Current senior vice president and general manager for Ireland Julie O'Neill will succeed Squinto as executive vice president of global operations. Squinto, in his retirement, will begin chairing the company's new scientific advisory board in January. Release

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Stephen Squinto will retire in January.


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James DeTore joined as CFO.

Biotech

> James DeTore joined bluebird bio ($BLUE) as the company's chief financial officer. He came from Ironwood Pharmaceuticals ($IRWD), where he was vice president of corporate finance, and before that he spent some time at Genzyme. Release

> Cellular Dynamics International ($ICEL) has appointed Susan Willetts to its board of directors. Release

> United Therapeutics ($UTHR) has appointed Katherine Klein to its board of directors as an independent director. Release

> Toni Wayne has joined Epic Sciences as vice president of human resources. Release

> Manish Singh is resigning as chief executive officer of Lion Biotechnologies ($LBIO), effective Dec. 31. Release

> Greer Laboratories has appointed Rick Russell as president and chief executive officer. Release

> Argos Therapeutics ($ARGS) has appointed Philippe Van Holle to the company's board of directors. Release

> Atterocor appointed Dr. Pharis Mohideen as its chief medical officer. Release

> Bone Biologics named Deina Walsh its new CFO. Release

> Lee Wachter joined Charkit as the company's senior vice president of operations. Release

> LABS brought on Sarah Dennison as its vice president of commercial operations. Release

> Graham Vesey stepped down as Regeneus ($RGS) CEO and will take up the position of chief scientific officer. Release

> Retrophin ($RTRX) appointed Stephen Aselage as its CEO. Release

> Alchemia's CEO, Thomas Liquard, left the position. Release

Pharma

> ViaDerma ($VDRM) has appointed Dr. Andrew Berman as medical director of its advisory board. Release

> Actavis ($ACT) named Maria Teresa Hilado as its chief financial officer. Release

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