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People, June, 2005

Ex-BBC journalist Ben Strutt has joined AstraZeneca as a global product PR manager for its cholesterol-lowering statin, Crestor. Ben worked at the BBC for six years before moving into the technology sector.

  • Ben StruttEx-BBC journalist Ben Strutt has joined AstraZeneca as a global product PR manager for its cholesterol-lowering statin, Crestor. Ben worked at the BBC for six years before moving into the technology sector, serving as community affairs manager for videomobile telephone firm Hutchison 3G UK. He joins a 20-strong team at AZ. Global director of product PR, Margaret Morgan, said: 'The experience Ben's gained as a journalist and in telecoms PR has been wide ranging, stimulating and challenging.'

  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has appointed Adrian Rawclilffe as managing partner and president of the company's venture capital business, SR One Ltd. Effective from June 1, Adrian, who served previously as vice president, transactions and ventures, within the firm's worldwide business development group, replaces Maxine Gowen, who has been named as senior vice president for the Centre of Excellence for External Drug Discovery (CEEDD). The new unit is responsible for delivering compounds with proof of therapeutic concept through partnerships with biotech firms, academic institutions as well as smalland mid-sized pharma firms.

  • Mark ScruttonMark Scrutton is the new director of sales and operations for Germany-headquartered pharma group, Altana Pharma UK, based in Buckinghamshire. Mark joins Altana from Innovex, where he was director of syndicated sales.

  • Gr¸nenthal has appointed Chris Matijasevic as managing director for the UK and Ireland. Chris began his career at Boots Pharmaceuticals in 1979 before moving to sales and marketing management positions at Janssen Pharmaceuticals. From 1994 to 2004, he held director positions at Janssen-Cilag with responsibility for products Chris Matijasevicin oncology, haematology, pain, GI and neurology.

  • European specialty pharma company, Norgine, has made two new announcements: Pat Porter has been appointed as vice president, regulatory affairs. She joins from GE Healthcare, where she was responsible for global regulatory affairs. Peter Martin, Norgine's chief operating officer, has been elected to the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) board of management.

  • Dark Horse agency has announced the return of Jill Marsh to the firm, as account manager, following a nine month sabbatical. Jill replaces Julian Hamilton-Smith, who leaves the agency after nine years.

  • Ashfield Healthcare, Takeda UK's contract sales partner, has appointed Greg Flynn as the regional account director (RAD) for Takeda UK in Trent. Greg graduated in business studies before moving to the Australia and New Zealand Bank in Melbourne. He has worked as a UK sales rep and in management and area sales positions. Ashfield's pick for RAD, South Yorkshire, is Craig Adkins, an engineering graduate who has worked in market research and brand management at GSK HQ.

  • Healthcare PR group Fleishman-Hillard (FH) has appointed Patrick Krol as London-based director of its pan-European business. Patrick was most recently co-owner of Firm United, a healthcare communications agency based in the Netherlands. Michael Smeeth will head up FH's UK healthcare PR operation. He has significant experience of public affairs, marketing and government and regulatory relations in the UK and is well-versed working with national and regional print and broadcast media. Dr Steve Carroll, co-founder of CPR Worldwide which was bought by FH in 1999, will take on a consultative role.

    Patrick Krol

  • Drew HarrisonDrew Harrison has joined specialist sales company In2Focus as account director. Drew has extensive contract sales experience, having worked formerly for Ashfield Healthcare as market development director in the UK, and general manager of Ashfield Healthcare Ireland. Prior to this Drew worked in sales and marketing for several pharma firms, including Astra, Lilly and Janssen-Cilag.

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  • Richmond, Surrey-based Axon Communications has appointed two senior account handlers: Emma Kenny and Joanne Galea. Emma joins from Bioscience Communications, Edelman's medical education group, where she served as account director. Joanne joins Axon on a full-time basis, having worked freelance with the firm for several months.

  • Roy RobertsonPan Advertising has promoted Roy Robertson to the position of creative services director. Formerly studio manager, Roy has been with the agency for more than four years and been instrumental in the smooth delivery of several UK launches and global campaigns. He has a total of more than 17 years' healthcare agency experience.

  • PBC Comms has appointed Jon Lee (right) as managing director. Jon served previously as group account director at Torre Lazure McCann, where he worked on the GSK and Pfizer accounts. He brings with him the benefit of Jon Leemore than 18 years' branding and communications experience, incorporating time spent in senior management positions at large healthcare advertising networks.

  • Contract sales provider Innovex UK has appointed John Sowerby to the position of account director. He has worked for Innovex before, eventually leading its sales service operations and has also worked in sales and marketing roles in the pharma industry. Most recently John worked on his own consultancy business. Also at Innovex, Simon Estcourt will move across from the Olympia team to become a business development director.

  • The Medical Multimedia Company has appointed Julie Bulmer as senior medical writer/producer. She has a PhD in wound healing, an Mphil in immunology and served formerly as a writer for Complete Medical Communications. Caroline Anthony joins as associate producer/medical writer. She has an MSc in management of intellectual property and a science degree from Nottingham University.

  • Elizabeth Walters has joined Athena Medical PR as account manager, from OpenCity. She gained sales rep experience at Janssen-Cilag. Graduates Anthony Cahill and Delaney Pathmanathan join as account co-ordinators.

  • Oberoi Consulting has announced four new appointments: Dr Trefor Roscoe has joined as medical adviser. A practising GP since 1987, he now advises at a national level, having had several academic papers published in scientific journals. Mike Carey joins as NHS business development manager. With extensive experience in UK primary care, Mike's key role is to engage PCTs in strategic partnerships. Jo Crossan and Phil Kirby join the field-based IT healthcare team. Formerly, they both served as operations managers for EMIS.

  • Katharine Sharp has formed The Workhorse Consultancy, undertaking interim management projects in marketing and PR. She has 10 years of experience gained at GSK, and more recently as marketing team leader at Takeda. Merck & Co has appointed Richard Clark as replacement chief executive officer and president for Ray Gilmartin, who is stepping down. Richard is currently the president of Merck's manufacturing division.

  • Specialist international healthcare communications firm, Central, has announced three new appointments: (L to R) Eva Granero joins as project director. She has more than 10 years' experience of international communications, serving most recently at Eurocom. Fabian Jozefczyk, project manager, brings with him significant international experience, having worked at Cambridge Pharma, Chugai Europe and, most recently, the Ogilvy network. Rike Hellermann, project manager, joins the firm from Amgen's European headquarters in Switzerland. Her expertise is in managing international key opinion leader programmes.

    Eva Granero, Fabian Jozefczyk and Rike Hellermann

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  • ScopeMedical has made four new appointments: Susan Laing joins as editorial director after a seven-year stint at Medicus International. Sue has also worked in the pharma industry in medical and regulatory affairs. Trained biotechnologist Sola Neunie joins as medical writer. She has a marketing background and has worked as a pharma analyst, writing market intelligence reports. Candy Ludick joins the firm along with Euan Turner as account managers. Candy has seven years of experience including international work. Euan worked on UK and international communications accounts for four years at Synergy Medical Education.

    Candy Ludick

  • Chandler Chicco Agency (CCA) has announced seven new hires this month: Angela Conoley joins from Cohn and Wolf, where she served on UK and international accounts for Lilly and GSK, to work with the Xolair and Viagra teams. Zoe Healey joins from Grayling, where she worked on PR for pharma, biotech and service companies, and will work with the global Diovan team among others. Patrick Ward joins from Shire Health International, where he was a senior project manager. Patrick was part of a team that won Best International Campaign at the CommuniquÈ 2004 awards. At CCA he will work on Keppra Global, Erbitux and MAP. Liz Guerin joins from Burson Marsteller. She has five years of healthcare PR and medical education experience and has worked across a wide range of therapeutic areas, at UK and international levels, including cardiology, respiratory medicine and pain.  Former freelancer of some eight years, Claire Montell joins CCA full-time to work with the Inegy and Breast Cancer teams. Claire Martin joins from Porter Novelli, where she served on both international and UK accounts for Novartis and GSK, to work with the Xyzal and Arimidex teams at CCA. Last, but not least: Samantha Leaning joins CCA as its first full-time human resources appointment. Sam is CIPD qualified and has more than seven years' experience in the HR field. She joins from Porter Novelli where she served as HR adviser for the London office.

    Liz Guerin

  • David BarrattDavid Barratt has been appointed as MD of Lowe Azure and Lowe Fusion in the UK. David joins the Lowe Healthcare Worldwide group from AXIS Healthcare Communications, where he was MD of ApotheCom London, the European unit of AXIS' medical comms agency. In his role at Lowe, he is responsible for leading operations and new business development in both advertising and promotion, and medical communications.

  • There are six new hires at Langland: Peter Edwards is the new studio manager and has managed studios in design agencies and direct marketing firms. Also joining the studio team are creative artworker, Gillian Graves, and artworkers Hayden Kilpatrick and Jessica Meigh. Qualified pharmacist, Amrita Agrawal joins as account executive. She has an MSc in science media production. Paula Belbin joins Langland from Novartis. In her new role of team assistant, she will provide admin support and backup for the account handling team.

    Peter Edwards, Gillian Graves, Hayden Kilpatrick, Jessica Meigh, Amrita Agrawal and Paula Belbin

  • Medical communications firm Prime Medica has announced eight new appointments: (L to R) Liz Torr joins as events manager from AstraZeneca where she spent more than 16 years working on conferences, event management and training for both UK and international business. Claudia Dickens joins as events assistant, after a career in medical insurance. Mark Williams joins the firm's e-services department as a multimedia developer. Mark has a degree in interactive systems design and has eight years' experience of producing e-media solutions. Lisa O'Callaghan joins from Acumed where she managed advisory boards, symposia and standalone events. She will work as an events manager at Prime Medica, along with Kathy Davenport, who worked previously, for nine years, at Adis International where she co-ordinated a significant number of client events. With more than five years of agency experience, Helena Binder is promoted to senior events manager. She has conceived and delivered a series of successful international investigator meetings. Marion Barnett is appointed as account manager. She has over 10 years' experience of medical writing, plus project and account management. Formerly she served Adis International in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Daniel Jennings joins the firm as events assistant. He has experience of advertising and promotion.

    Liz Torr, Claudia Dickens, Mark Williams, Lisa O'Callaghan, Kathy Davenport, Helena Binder, Marion Barnett and Daniel Jennings

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