Leading U.K. banker rumored for Glaxo chairman post

Chutes and Ladders

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Leading U.K. banker rumored for Glaxo chairman post

As GlaxoSmithKline faces a slew of bribery accusations in China and other scandals bubbling in the Middle East and Europe, the British drugmaker is no doubt in need of new leadership. Sir Philip Hampton, the current chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland and a former Vodafone CEO, is rumored to want to take on the role of chairman at the troubled drug giant. Hampton would take the place of GSK's ($GSK) Sir Christopher Gent, with an appointment likely coming up in the next few months. More

It's rumored that Sir Philip Hampton may move to GlaxoSmithKline.

Medivir AB
Niklas Prager joins as president and CEO.


Former Merck ($MRK) executive Niklas Prager was appointed CEO and president of Medivir AB. Release

Omni Bio Pharmaceutical has appointed Jack Riccardi as its chief financial officer. Release

Douglas Edgeton will be the next president and CEO of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. Release

Inotek Pharmaceuticals appointed David Southwell as president and CEO. Release

> Cytovance Biologics has appointed Mark Ambrose as senior director of quality systems and compliance and Anne Garstka as director of commercial compliance. Release

> Ignyta ($RXDX) has named Dr. Adrian Senderowicz as its chief medical officer and senior vice president of clinical development and regulatory affairs. Release

> Sorrento Therapeutics ($SRNE) has appointed Douglas Ebersole to its board of directors. Release

> Apricus Biosciences ($APRI) has appointed Sandford Smith to its board of directors. Release

> Lee Latimer has joined NeuOp as its head of chemistry operations. Release   

> Forward Pharma has appointed Joel Sendek as its chief financial officer. Release

> Auxilium Pharmaceuticals ($AUXL) has appointed Andrew Saik as chief financial officer. Release  

Medical Devices

Olivier Loeillot was appointed general manager of Asia Commercial for BioProcess at GE Healthcare Life Sciences ($GE). Release

> HeartWare International ($HTWR) has appointed Dr. Katrin Leadley as its new chief medical officer. Leadley was the former head of JenaValve's clinical program and regulatory strategy. Story