Genetics startup Agilis names industry vet Zorich CEO

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Genetics startup Agilis names industry vet Zorich CEO

New York startup Agilis Biotherapeutics named George Zorich its new CEO. Before taking on the lead role at the new developer of DNA-based treatments for genetic diseases, Zorich served for over 30 years in the industry. Most recently, he was president of Bioniche Pharma, which was acquired by Mylan ($MYL). He has also been president of U.S. operations for injectables maker Sabex--acquired by Sandoz--as well as president of Globexpharma and General Injectables and Vaccines, which was acquired by Henry Schein. He also held roles at Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly ($LLY) early in his career. "I'm delighted to be joining this team of highly regarded researchers and business leaders working in collaboration with Intrexon ($XON) to potentially develop novel approaches to treating rare genetic diseases with synthetic biology," Zorich said in a statement. Release

Agilis Biotherapeutics
George Zorich will serve as Agilis' CEO.

David Johnston was named executive vice president.


ImmunoGen ($IMGN) appointed David Johnston as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Johnston joins ImmunoGen from Aveo Pharmaceuticals ($AVEO), where he was the CFO. Release

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> Wendell Wierenga has joined Ocera Therapeutics' ($OCRX) board of directors. Wierenga presently serves as executive vice president, research and development at Santarus. Release

Advanced Cell Technology appointed Dr. Eddy Anglade to the newly created position of executive vice president of clinical development. Release


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Pozen appointed Dennis McNamara to be the company's senior vice president and chief business officer. Release