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Onyx Pharmaceuticals (US) has appointed Dr Ted Love executive vice-president and head of R&D. Dr Michael Kauffman, who has been interim chief medical officer since November 2009, becomes chief medical officer, reporting to Dr Love. Most recently, Dr Love served as president, CEO and chairman at the biotechnology company Nuvelo. Before that, he was senior vice-president of development at Theravance.
Biocompatibles has re-invented itself a third time, exiting traditional device markets for riskier drug-device convergence plays in oncology and stroke, clinical areas dominated by drug therapy. This move has caught drug companies' attention clinically, but will Big Pharma validate Biocompatibles' strategy commercially?
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