Calico's Levinson leaves Roche board to focus on AbbVie R&D deal

Chutes and Ladders

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Calico's Levinson leaves Roche board to focus on AbbVie R&D deal

Calico CEO Arthur Levinson resigned from Roche's ($RHHBY) board of directors on Thursday, effective immediately. Levinson, who served on Roche's board since 2010, decided to step down to avoid a conflict of interest, as Google subsidiary Calico recently announced a major R&D deal with Roche rival AbbVie ($ABBV). Roche has not yet named Levinson's replacement. Story

Art Levinson left his board position at Roche to focus on Calico.

Steven Paul joined as CEO.


> Third Rock Ventures' Voyager Therapeutics has named Dr. Steven Paul as its full-time CEO, tasking the longtime Eli Lilly ($LLY) R&D exec with shepherding its gene therapy candidates into clinical trials. Item

> Chimerix ($CMRX) has appointed Dr. W. Garrett Nichols as its chief medical officer, Essy Mozaffari as vice president of market access and reimbursement, and Odin Naderer as vice president of clinical pharmacology and translational medicine. Release

> EMD Group appointed Drew Young to be its senior vice president of neurology and immunology. Release

> Sierk Pötting joined BioNTech Group as the company's new CFO. Release

> Mast Therapeutics announced that chief medical officer Santosh Vetticaden would be leaving the company and that Edwin Parsley will take on Vetticaden's responsibilities as the interim chief medical officer. Release

> TiGenix appointed Dr. Marie Paule Richard as the company's chief medical officer and Dr. Mary Carmen Diez as its vice president of medical affairs and new product commercialization. Release

> Louis Culot joined BioData as the company's CEO. Release

> Aldeyra Therapeutics ($ALDX) expanded its drug development team with Donna Keith, Dr. Philip Piscitelli and Rachel Sorensen. Release

> Stephen Hussey and John Launie joined Emergent Health ($EMGE) as CEO and CFO, respectively. Release


> Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners ($CPRX) has appointed David Muth as executive vice president of corporate development. Release

> Tokai Pharmaceuticals appointed Lee Kalowski as chief financial officer. Release


PaxVax appointed Mark Meltz as executive vice president and chief legal officer. Release