Toft Group Executive Search Successfully Places Jane Wasman on Board of Directors for Rigel Pharmaceuticals in South San Francisco, CA

Toft Group Executive Search, a global life sciences and healthcare executive recruiting firm, has successfully placed Jane Wasman on the Board of Directors for Rigel Pharmaceuticals in South San Francisco, CA. Ms. Wasman is a strategic leader with over 20 years of experience in the biopharma industry working with both large multinational corporations and privately held start-ups. Her expertise includes strategic development, corporate governance, litigation, commercialization, compliance and government affairs, and operational implementation.

Ms. Wasman currently serves as President, International and General Counsel at Acorda Therapeutics. Prior to joining Acorda, Ms. Wasman held various leadership positions at Schering-Plough Corporation, including Staff Vice President and Associate General Counsel. Previously, she was an attorney at two global law firms and Associate Counsel for the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Ms. Wasman is Chair of the Board of Sellas Life Sciences and serves on the board of the non-profit NewYorkBIO.

Ms. Wasman graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, and earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

About Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is a biotechnology company dedicated to discovering, developing and providing novel small molecule drugs that significantly improve the lives of patients with immune and hematologic disorders, cancer and rare diseases. Rigel’s pioneering research focuses on signaling pathways that are critical to disease mechanisms. The company’s first FDA approved product is TAVALISSE® (fostamatinib disodium hexahydrate), the only oral spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) inhibitor for the treatment of adult patients with chronic immune thrombocytopenia who have had an insufficient response to a previous treatment. Rigel’s clinical programs include an upcoming Phase 3 study of fostamatinib in autoimmune hemolytic anemia and an ongoing Phase 1 study of R835, a proprietary molecule from its interleukin receptor associated kinase (IRAK) program. In addition, Rigel has product candidates in clinical development with partners BerGenBio ASA, Daiichi Sankyo, Aclaris Therapeutics and AstraZeneca.

 About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group is a global executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences and healthcare, with a focus on innovation-driven companies working at the intersection of biotech and high tech. The team’s extensive relationship network and diversity focus enables Toft Group to present more highly qualified and diverse candidates than clients would otherwise meet. Toft Group excels at quickly filling the hardest to hire leadership roles where talent is limited. The company has offices in the three major U.S. biotech hubs: San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston.

Toft Group Executive Search Successfully Places Magda Marquet, Ph.D. on Board of Directors for Pfenex Inc. in San Diego, CA

Toft Group Executive Search, a global life sciences and healthcare executive recruiting firm, has successfully placed Magda Marquet, Ph.D. on the Board of Directors for Pfenex Inc. in San Diego, CA. Dr. Marquet was also appointed to serve as a member of the corporate governance and nominating committee.

Dr. Marquet co-founded Althea Technologies and led the company as co-CEO for ten years. Currently, Dr. Marquet is the co-Founder and co-CEO of ALMA Life Sciences, an early stage investment firm focusing on the creation and growth of innovative healthcare companies. Dr. Marquet is also the co-founder of AltheaDx, a commercial stage precision medicine company with the world’s leading pharmacogenomics test for anxiety and depression.

Dr. Marquet serves as a board member of Arcturus Therapeutics. She is an advisor to Mesa Verde Venture Partners and City National Bank. Dr. Marquet serves on several non-profit boards, including BIOCOM, CONNECT, EDC and Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego. She holds a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from INSA/University of Toulouse, France.

About Pfenex, Inc.

Pfenex, Inc. is a clinical-stage development and licensing biotechnology company focused on leveraging the Pfēnex Expression Technology® to develop and improve protein therapies for unmet patient needs. Using the patented Pfēnex Expression Technology platform, they have created an advanced pipeline of therapeutic equivalents, vaccines, biologics and biosimilars.

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group is a global executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences and healthcare, with a focus on innovation-driven companies working at the intersection of biotech and high tech. The team’s extensive relationship network and diversity focus enables Toft Group to present more highly qualified and diverse candidates than clients would otherwise meet. Toft Group excels at quickly filling the hardest to hire leadership roles where talent is limited. The company has offices in the three major U.S. biotech hubs: San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston.

 

Toft Group Executive Search Places Andrea Chow, PhD as Senior Vice President of Engineering at Two Pore Guys, Inc. in Santa Cruz, CA

Toft Group Executive Search, a global life sciences and healthcare executive recruiting firm, has placed Andrea Chow, PhD as Senior Vice President of Engineering at Two Pore Guys, Inc. in Santa Cruz, CA.

Dr. Chow has over 25 years of broad R&D experience in the life science and aerospace industries, developing leading edge technologies in microfluidics, microfabrication, biomolecular transport, detection instrumentation and advanced material processing.  She formerly served as the VP of Measurements and Engineering at BioElectron. Previously, Dr. Chow was with Promega as their Sr. Director of Integrated Engineering. Prior to Promega, she was the Co-Founder, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer of Caerus Molecular Diagnostics. She co-founded this startup focused on low-cost and high accuracy DNA sequencing technologies. She has also served as an Engineering Consultant to various life science and medical device companies in relation to product and business development.

Dr. Chow was named among “100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era” by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Dr Chow has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University.

About Two Pore Guys, Inc.

Two Pore Guys, Inc. develops single molecule biosensors for diagnostic uses. The company focuses on developing digital, hand-held, and single molecule biosensors that detect viruses, bacteria, antibodies, and other pathogens; and track disease progression.

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group is a global executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences and healthcare, with a focus on innovation-driven companies working at the intersection of biotech and high tech. The team’s extensive relationship network and diversity focus enables Toft Group to present more highly qualified and diverse candidates than clients would otherwise meet. Toft Group excels at quickly filling the hardest to hire leadership roles where talent is limited. The company has offices in the three major U.S. biotech hubs: San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston.

Toft Group Executive Search Places Hashem Alshurafa, PhD as Vice President, Clinical Collaboration Management with Exact Sciences Corporation in Madison, WI

Toft Group Executive Search, a global life sciences and healthcare executive recruiting firm, has placed Mr. Hashem Alshurafa as Vice President of Clinical Collaboration Management with Exact Sciences Corporation in Madison, WI.

Dr. Alshurafa was most recently Director of Oncology, Strategic Academic Research Collaborations at BMS. Previously, Dr. Alshurafa was with Boehringer Ingelheim as the Medical Affairs Head, Immunology and Biosimilars. Dr. Alshurafa has also worked with Pfizer, leading immune-oncology pipeline where he managed advisory boards, KOL relations and worked cross-functionally with sales and marketing teams in support of product training, strategy and competitive intelligence. Earlier in his industry career, he led field medical affairs for BMS in Oncology/Hematology and served in the Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis Research Group at McMaster Hospital.

Dr. Alshurafa holds a PhD in Hematology from McMaster University and an MS in Immunology from the University of Alberta.

About Exact Sciences Corp.

Exact Sciences Corp. is a molecular diagnostics company focused on the early detection and prevention of some of the deadliest forms of cancer. The company has exclusive intellectual property protecting its non-invasive, molecular screening technology for the detection of colorectal cancer.

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group is a global executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences and healthcare, with a focus on innovation-driven companies working at the intersection of biotech and high tech. The team’s extensive relationship network and diversity focus enables Toft Group to present more highly qualified and diverse candidates than clients would otherwise meet. Toft Group excels at quickly filling the hardest to hire leadership roles where talent is limited. The company has offices in the three major U.S. biotech hubs: San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston.

 

Toft Group Executive Search Places Linda Neuman, MD, MBA, as Vice President of Clinical Development with Catalyst Biosciences in South San Francisco, CA

Toft Group Executive Search, a global life sciences and healthcare executive recruiting firm, has successfully placed Linda Neuman, MD, MBA, as Vice President of Clinical Development with Catalyst Biosciences in South San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Neuman was previously with Adverum as Vice President of Clinical Development. Prior to Adverum she was the Vice President, Clinical Development for Sunesis Pharmaceuticals. Before then, she held the role of Senior Medical Director of Oncology at Puma Biotechnology. Dr. Neuman was Medical Director of Oncology at Onyx Pharmaceuticals where she served as clinical lead on the global product development team. Earlier in her industry career, Dr. Neuman held roles at Covidien Pharmaceuticals, Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Schering-Plough.

Dr. Neuman holds an MD from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

About Catalyst Biosciences

Catalyst is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel medicines to address hematology indications. Catalyst is focused on the field of hemostasis, including the subcutaneous prophylaxis of hemophilia and facilitating surgery in individuals with hemophilia.

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group is a global executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences and healthcare, with a focus on innovation-driven companies working at the intersection of biotech and high tech. The team’s extensive relationship network and diversity focus enables Toft Group to present more highly qualified and diverse candidates than clients would otherwise meet. Toft Group excels at quickly filling the hardest to hire leadership roles where talent is limited. The company has offices in the three major U.S. biotech hubs: San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston.

Toft Group Executive Search Places Kapil Kumar, PhD, MBA, as Vice President, Marketing with Nexcelom Bioscience in Lawrence, MA

Toft Group Executive Search, a global life sciences and healthcare executive recruiting firm, has placed Dr. Kapil Kumar as Vice President of Marketing with Nexcelom Bioscience in Lawrence, MA.

Dr. Kumar was most recently the Vice President of Global Marketing with Cell Signaling Technology (CST). Previously, was the Director of Global Product Strategy & Marketing for Particle Counting & Characterization at Beckman Coulter. Prior to working with Beckman Coulter, Dr. Kumar held multiple roles within Life Technologies (Thermo Fisher), most recently as the Associate Director, Global Product Strategy & Marketing. Dr. Kumar also served as Global Senior Market Development Manager for the Cell Analysis Business Unit. He began with the company in 2006 as a Senior Staff Scientist in R&D. Earlier in his industry career, Dr. Kumar was a Scientist at Ventana Medical Systems and BioHelix, Inc. He conducted his post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Kumar holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Kent State University, and an MBA in Innovation & Entrepreneurship Management from Babson College.

About Nexcelom Bioscience

Headquartered in Lawrence, MA, Nexcelom Bioscience LLC is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative Cellometer and Celigo image cytometry products designed for cell analysis in life science and biomedical research. Developed per researchers’ requests, the Cellometer instruments cover basic cell counting, viability and cell-based assays with 20uL of sample, while the Celigo is a high-throughput microwell image cytometer. Nexcelom’s solutions automate time-consuming procedures, enabling scientists to focus less on the process and more on the research results. Nexcelom’s products are used in the laboratories of leading pharmaceutical companies, biotech organizations, universities and research institutions.

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group is a global executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences and healthcare, with a focus on innovation-driven companies working at the intersection of biotech and high tech. The team’s extensive relationship network and diversity focus enables Toft Group to present more highly qualified and diverse candidates than clients would otherwise meet. Toft Group excels at quickly filling the hardest to hire leadership roles where talent is limited. The company has offices in the three major U.S. biotech hubs: San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston.

Toft Group Executive Search Places Dana Pizzuti, MD as Senior Vice President of Regulatory, Pharmacovigilance and Quality at Theravance Biopharma, Inc. in South San Francisco, CA

Toft Group Executive Search, a global life sciences and healthcare executive recruiting firm, has placed Dana Pizzuti, MD as Senior Vice President of Regulatory, Pharmacovigilance and Quality with Theravance Biopharma in South San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Pizzuti most recently served as Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Compliance at Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She has over 25 years of pharmaceutical industry experience, working for companies such as Hoffmann-La Roche, Abbott Laboratories, Bristol Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, and Gilead.

After receiving her MD, Dr. Pizzuti completed her postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at New York University/Bellevue Hospitals and subspecialty training in Infectious Diseases at Montefiore Hospital-Albert Einstein School of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. She is an invited speaker on drug development and recognized advocate and published author focusing on access to healthcare and employment rights for the transgender community.

Dr. Pizzuti received her MD from New York University and her BS in Biology from Yale.

About Theravance Biopharma, Inc.

Theravance Biopharma, Inc. is a diversified biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of organ-selective medicines. Their purpose is to create transformational medicines to improve the lives of patients suffering from serious illnesses. Their research is focused in the areas of inflammation and immunology.

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group is a global executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences and healthcare, with a focus on innovation-driven companies working at the intersection of biotech and high tech. The team’s extensive relationship network and diversity focus enables Toft Group to present more highly qualified and diverse candidates than clients would otherwise meet. Toft Group excels at quickly filling the hardest to hire leadership roles where talent is limited. The company has offices in the three major U.S. biotech hubs: San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston.

Toft Group Executive Search Places Nigel Beard, PhD as Senior Vice President of Research & Development with Mission Bio in South San Francisco, CA


Toft Group Executive Search, a global life sciences and healthcare executive recruiting firm, has successfully placed Nigel Beard, PhD as Senior Vice President of Research & Development with Mission Bio in South San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Beard is the former Chief Scientific Technology Officer and co-founder of Feetz, Inc., a big data additive manufacturing business. There he developed an advanced machine learning platform for personalized consumer big data. Before founding Feetz, Dr. Beard served with Life Technologies, most recently as the Head of R&D, Human Identification Business. He got his start as Head of Integration R&D, building transformational operation. Earlier in his industry career, Dr. Beard held roles in engineering and project management with Applied Biosystems. He currently serves as a Founding Partner with TechWise Ventures, a consulting company providing in-depth due diligence and risk assessment for VC’s and corporate M&A clients in the Life Sciences and Biotech space.

Dr. Beard holds a PhD in Microfluidics from Imperial College, London; an MSc in Analytical Chemistry from Loughborough University; and a BSc in Applied Chemistry from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK.

About Mission Bio

Mission Bio helps researchers and clinicians unlock single-cell biology to enable the discovery, development, and delivery of precision medicine with Tapestri, the Precision Genomics Platform. Tapestri provides industry-first single-cell DNA analysis capability to enable the accelerated and accessible detection of genetic heterogeneity within and across cells populations for applications in oncology, immunology, and genome editing. The platform includes an instrument, consumables and software, which plug seamlessly into existing NGS workflows. The company’s Tapestri Platform was honored as a Top 10 Innovation of 2018 by The Scientist, as well as utilized by researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) for the largest single-cell study completed to date. Additional studies in therapy resistance and Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) using Tapestri have been reported by other leading cancer centers, including the University of California, San Francisco, University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University.

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group is a global executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences and healthcare, with a focus on innovation-driven companies working at the intersection of biotech and high tech. The team’s extensive relationship network and diversity focus enables Toft Group to present more highly qualified and diverse candidates than clients would otherwise meet. Toft Group excels at quickly filling the hardest to hire leadership roles where talent is limited. The company has offices in the three major U.S. biotech hubs: San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston.

 

Toft Group Executive Search Places Thomas Fogarty as Chief Commercial Officer with Ra Medical Systems Inc. in Carlsbad, CA

Toft Group Executive Search, a global life sciences and healthcare executive recruiting firm, has placed Mr. Thomas Fogarty as Chief Commercial Officer with Ra Medical Systems in Carlsbad, California.

Mr. Fogarty brings over two decades of medical device leadership and commercialization experience to Ra Medical Systems and will oversee all aspects of the company’s commercialization efforts, which include the sales and marketing of its proprietary excimer laser systems that treat tough vascular and dermatological diseases.

Mr. Fogarty has led both early-stage companies and large corporations through commercialization and sales growth. He joins Ra Medical Systems from Neurvana Medical, LLC, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer. Over the years, Mr. Fogarty also worked at Alliance HealthCare Services Inc., Bioness, Inc. and ev3, Inc. (now Medtronic) in various executive, sales and marketing roles. Earlier in Mr. Fogarty’s career, he held sales and marketing positions at Medtronic, Baxter and Johnson & Johnson.

Mr. Fogarty holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BS in Business Administration from California Polytechnic University.

About Ra Medical Systems

Ra Medical Systems was founded in 2002 and is a commercial-stage medical device company leveraging its advanced excimer laser-based platform for use in the treatment of dermatologic and vascular diseases. DABRA, launched in 2017, is used by physicians as a tool in the endovascular treatment of vascular blockages resulting from lower extremity vascular disease. DABRA quickly, photochemically dissolves plaque to the components of its fundamental chemistry. Pharos launched in 2004 and is used as a tool in the treatment of dermatological skin disorders, including psoriasis and vitiligo.

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group is a global executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences and healthcare, with a focus on innovation-driven companies working at the intersection of biotech and high tech. The team’s extensive relationship network and diversity focus enables Toft Group to present more highly qualified and diverse candidates than clients would otherwise meet. Toft Group excels at quickly filling the hardest to hire leadership roles where talent is limited. The company has offices in the three major U.S. biotech hubs: San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston.

Robin Toft, Founder and CEO of Toft Group Executive Search, Launches WE CAN, a Book to Guide Women as They Advance to the C-Suite

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Robin Toft, founder and CEO of Toft Group Executive Search, a global executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences, has written and published a book now available on Amazon titled WE CAN: The Executive Woman’s Guide to Career Advancement. A champion of diverse executive teams, Robin Toft has built a reputation for recruiting women and minorities into executive roles and helping the life science industry overcome unconscious bias in hiring.

Becoming an executive is no easy task. Becoming a female executive is something else altogether. How can the ambitious woman excel, advance, and thrive in seemingly male-dominated industries? Through her own inspiring journey from employee to powerful female executive, Robin Toft shares the wisdom she gleaned from the boardroom and as an executive with over a decade of experience in executive search.

Sample Chapters from WE CAN: The Executive Woman’s Guide to Career Advancement:

– From Executive Mentors to Executive Peers
– Characteristics of the Female Executive Warrior
– We Are Not Mini-Men
– Overcoming the Myth of the Female Executive
– The New Generation of Female Leaders
– Norms are Normal but Authentic isn’t Average
– Work Yourself Out of a Job (While Training Your Replacements)
– Next Level Leadership: Is Being a CEO the Right Choice for You?

No matter where you are on your executive journey, Robin Toft will act as a trusted partner in moving you to action and empowering you through every aspect of your career advancement. Part manual and part memoir, WE CAN provides the confidence, language, and tools to design and realize the career of your dreams. Land the job, make vertical moves, and secure a seat at the boardroom table—with Robin Toft, WE CAN!

About Robin Toft

Upon founding Toft Group in 2010, Robin essentially launched a second career, following more than two decades as a biotech executive. She was awarded Woman of the Year in San Diego in 2017, in 2018 she was a finalist in Ernst & Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year awards, and she’s been honored as a finalist for San Diego Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” and “Most Admired CEO” awards in multiple years. Robin’s work with Toft Group combines a deep inside knowledge of the life science industry with a passion for building game-changing management teams.

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