Belgian UCB gets ready for CEO change

Chutes and Ladders

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UCB gets ready for CEO change

Belgian UCB Pharmaceuticals is preparing for a change in leadership. UCB's current executive vice president of biopharma brands and solutions, Jean-Christophe Tellier, will take over as CEO-elect and chairman of the executive committee on March 1 before becoming CEO on Jan. 1, 2015. Tellier replaces current chief Roch Doliveux, who has served as CEO since 2005. Tellier served in management positions at Ipsen and Novartis ($NVS) before joining UCB. Story

Jean-Christophe Tellier will become CEO-elect on March 1 before taking over as CEO on Jan. 1, 2015.

Biogen Idec
Stelios Papadopoulos will join Biogen Idec's board of directors as chairman.


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> Alcobra ($ADHD) has appointed Tomer Berkovitz as chief financial officer. Release

> Exco InTouch appointed Laurence Burke as its vice president of operations. Release

> AlloSource's vice president of R&D and marketing Peter Stevens joined the University of Denver advisory board for the professional sciences master's program in biomedical sciences. Release

> Dr. Bankole Johnson, the scientific founder and chairman of the board of ADial Pharmaceuticals, will head a new Brain Science Research Consortium Unit at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Release

> Achaogen has appointed Derek Bertocci chief financial officer and John Smither as a member of the board of directors. Release

> Ignyta has appointed Dr. Sara Zaknoen chief medical officer. Release

> Navidea Biopharmaceuticals ($NAVB) has appointed Perry Karsen to the company's board of directors. Release

> Gliknik added Jeffrey Herpst as senior director of clinical development and Dr. Richard Levy to the company's board of directors. Release


> Aurinia Pharmaceuticals' chief scientific officer Robert Foster stepped down to pursue other opportunities, according to the company. Release

> Imprimis Pharmaceuticals ($IMMY) named Randle House as the company's vice president of pharmacy operations. Release