Clarke takes helm at Pulmatrix as Connelly moves on

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Connelly departs Pulmatrix, Clarke takes company helm as new CEO

Over at Pulmatrix, longtime CEO Robert Connelly bid farewell and left his post at the Massachusetts biotech. His next destination: WikiCell Designs, a startup that makes edible food packaging. With Connelly gone, Pulmatrix Chief Scientific Officer Robert Clarke moves up the C-level ladder and takes on the role of CEO. With the top post filled, Pulmatrix is  focusing on generating a new round of funding to advance its COPD drug, PUR118, into Phase II. Story | Pulmatrix release | WikiCell release

Robert Connelly--Pulmatrix
Left Pulmatrix to join edible packaging startup WikiCell Designs as new CEO.

Robert Clarke--Pulmatrix
After serving as chief scientific officer, Clarke replaced Connelly as CEO.


Civitas Therapeutics appointed Bryan Stuart as chief business officer. Release

Susan Akers-Smith was promoted to vice president of early phase oncology development at INC Research. Release

VaxInnate welcomed two new executives to its management team: Christine Mayer as vice president of business development and Katalin Abraham as vice president of regulatory affairs. Release

Aileron Therapeutics appointed Dr. Hubert Chen as vice president of clinical development. Release

NexDx welcomed Zachary Hornby and Kurt Krummel to its management team. Hornby will serve as vice president of corporate development, while Krummel will be director of molecular diagnostics and assay development. Release

Dr. Robert Martell joined Tesaro ($TSRO) as chief medical officer. Release

Navidea Biopharmaceuticals welcomed Dr. Cornelia Reininger to the role of chief medical officer. Release


With Robert Armitage retiring from Eli Lilly ($LLY), Michael Harrington became senior vice president and general counsel. Release

Steven Gillis will join the board of directors at Shire ($SHPG) effective Oct. 1. Release

Medical Devices

Sonitus Medical named Mike Favet as chief operating officer and Jeff Mack as chief financial officer. Release