Toft Group Completes Executive Search for EvoFem Biosciences, Inc. in San Diego, CA

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Executive search firm Toft Group has placed Dr. Craig Audet as the SVP Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance for EvoFem Biosciences, Inc., in San Diego, CA. Dr. Audet is a pharmaceutical industry executive specializing in regulatory affairs, compliance drug and device development and marketing. He most recently served at Arena Pharmaceuticals as Senior Vice President, Operations & Head of Global Regulatory Affairs. He holds a BS in Biology/Pre-med from Boston College and a PhD in Public Health from Walden University.

About EvoFem Biosciences, Inc.

Evofem Biosciences™ is a biotechnology company focusing on developing innovative reproductive health products for women in every global market. Evofem Biosciences develops and markets products that are woman-controlled, non-invasive and rapidly reversible. Women need access to effective products that are well suited to their lifestyle and consistent with their core values.

Toft Group Completes Executive Search for Akili Interactive Labs in Boston, MA

Executive search firm Toft Group has placed Mr. Jeffrey Abraham as the Vice President of Market Access at Akili Interactive Labs in Boston, MA. Jeffrey has over 10 years’ experience in healthcare services/operations, market access, reimbursement, and HEOR. Jeffrey has worked both on the industry and consulting side of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and diagnostics. His previous experience includes global work in the US, EU, and select APAC markets, covering 30 different products. Most recently he served as the Value Development Lead for The Medicines Company and their surgery/perioperative products. He was responsible for a value and evidence based approach to access and commercialization. He graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Science in Physical Therapy, and a Master of Business Administration.

About Akili Interactive Labs

Akili is building clinically validated cognitive therapeutics, assessments and diagnostics that look and feel like high-quality video games. Leveraging medical-grade science and consumer-grade software technology, the company is seeking to produce a new type of healthcare product that is both highly-effective and highly-engaging. The company was founded by PureTech Health, together with leading neuroscientists and game designers. Akili has garnered investment from Shire PLC and has strategic partnerships with Pfizer Inc. and Autism Speaks.

Toft Group Completes Executive Search for Genalyte, Inc., in San Diego, CA

Executive search firm Toft Group has placed Ms. Kristin Blitsch as Director Product Marketing, Cloud at Genalyte, Inc., in San Diego, CA. She brings 15 years of experience to her new role in global product lifecycle management for capital equipment, software and various products. Kristin previously managed Critical Care at Edwards Life Sciences including development of hemodynamic monitoring system connectivity products that interfaces via HL7 with hospital information technology, a cloud server, and integration engines. She earned her MBA from UCSD.

About Genalyte, Inc.

Genalyte’s vision is to transform the doctor-patient relationship by bringing the doctor, the patient, and the lab together to provide results when they matter: Now. Genalyte’s platform is being designed with the goal of providing test results from a whole blood sample within fifteen minutes in the physician’s office. Providing diagnostic results at the time and place they are needed – when the patient is sitting in front of the doctor – has the potential to empower physicians, improve quality of care for patients, and reduce resource utilization across the healthcare system. Genalyte’s technology is based on a proprietary silicon biosensor design that is currently in use by pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations and academic researchers.

Toft Group Completes Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development Search for Agilent Technologies Inc. in Santa Clara, CA

Agilent Technologies Inc., (NYSE: A) today announced that Samraat “Sam” Raha has been named Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, reporting to Agilent President and CEO Mike McMullen.

Raha will serve as strategic lead and advisor to the CEO and executive team in developing Agilent’s overall growth strategy, including leading its mergers and acquisitions plans globally.

“Sam shares our vision of the marketplace and knows what it takes to drive new growth,” McMullen said. “He joins us with an impressive portfolio of relevant experience in general and operational management, marketing and strategy that builds on a foundation of life sciences knowledge. He will be an excellent addition to our executive team.”

Raha joins Agilent from Illumina Inc. where he most recently served as Vice President of Global Marketing. He was responsible for product management, clinical and corporate marketing, marketing operations and strategy. He also led the successful go-to-market strategy and launch of many impactful products, including multiple sequencing systems and consumables.

Robin Toft, President and CEO of Toft Group said: “Agilent Technologies is an exciting company with an incredibly strong leadership team. Sam will add great value to the organization, and will be a strong contributor to the future growth of the company.”

Prior to his years at Illumina, Raha was Vice President and General Manager of the genomic assays business unit at Life Technologies, responsible for the TaqMan™ franchise and next-generation qPCR instruments and solutions.

Before that Raha was CEO of Joby Inc., a startup that has since become a leading seller of camera accessories.

“I am delighted to be returning to Agilent, where I spent several years in my early career,” Raha said. “Agilent clearly has fantastic growth potential. The opportunity to lead its overall growth strategy and build new partnerships to further its success in high-growth markets is truly exciting, and I am eager to begin leading these efforts.”

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group Executive Search is “Changing the Future of Medicine, One Relationship at a Time” and we take pride in the fact that our work helps our clients accelerate getting novel products to market. We are a global retained executive search firm that is 100% dedicated to life sciences & healthcare industries. Our customers include biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, digital health, and diagnostic companies. With offices in San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston, we assist a wide range of local, national and international companies – from venture backed start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations.

About Agilent Technologies Inc.

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A), a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets, is the premier laboratory partner for a better world. Agilent works with customers in more than 100 countries, providing instruments, software, services and consumables for the entire laboratory workflow. The company generated revenues of $4.20 billion in fiscal 2016 and employs about 12,500 people worldwide.

Toft Group Completes Executive Search for Northway Biotech in San Francisco, CA

Executive search firm Toft Group has placed Ms. Tamara Smith as Vice President, Sales and Business Development at Northway Biotech in San Francisco, CA. She offers 20 years of strategic planning, complex negotiations, and extensive knowledge of bioprocessing operations in business development and sales, project management roles within the biotechnology space. She joined Northway from CMC Biologics where she held the role of Sr. Director of Business Development.

About Northway Biotech

Northway Biotech is a startup affiliate of Biotechpharma, a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), supporting clients world-wide. Biotechpharma performs different projects at any stage, starting from cell line construction and process development up to cGMP production of biopharmaceutical products.

Toft Group Completes Executive Search for Ascendis Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: ASND) in Palo Alto, CA

Executive search firm Toft Group has placed Dr. Michael Cohrs as Director of Clinical Quality at Ascendis Pharma in Palo Alto, CA. Prior to this role, he was a consultant within the biotech and pharmaceutical industries where his efforts focused on Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Quality Systems and Validation from early stage drug development through commercialization. He earned his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Washington University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

About Ascendis Pharma Inc.

Ascendis Pharma is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company applying its TransCon technology to develop a pipeline of long-acting prodrug therapies with best-in-class profiles to address large markets with significant unmet medical needs.

Toft Group Executive Search Named as one of the “Top 50 Healthcare & Life Sciences Search Firms” by Hunt Scanlon Media

Feb 22, 2017 – San Francisco, California: Toft Group, a global life sciences and healthcare executive recruiting firm, today announced it has been named a Top 50 Executive Search Firm in Healthcare and Life Sciences by Hunt Scanlon Media, the most widely referenced global news source in the human capital sector.

Hunt Scanlon has been ranking firms in various categories for nearly 30 years. This is the first year the news source has ranked firms in the Healthcare and Life Sciences sectors.

“Toft Group is honored to be recognized among the top executive search firms worldwide by an organization as prestigious as Hunt Scanlon,” commented Robin Toft, President & CEO of Toft Group. “Our success is attributed to our team of experienced search consultants, our commitment to delivering exceptional results and our collaborative network of partners, clients, and candidates who share the same passion for healthcare advancements and innovation.”

The complete list of search firms was published in the Healthcare and Life Sciences Recruiting Special Issue of the Hunt Scanlon Executive Search Review. Robin Toft is also highlighted as a sector expert in the feature article Life Sciences and Healthcare Search Firms Tap Outside Talent.

In the article, Toft discusses the shortage of executive talent available to effectively lead the industry through challenges and uncertainty, particularly in emerging companies that blend high-tech and biotech. This shortage is one of the reasons why companies, both inside and outside of life sciences, partner with Toft Group to fill C-level positions in a landscape where senior level executives who have leadership experience and a strong vision are critical.

“I am very proud of our search consultants’ ability to identify business leaders who create a competitive advantage and sustainable value for their companies,” added Toft.

Toft Group’s ranking as a Top 50 Executive Search Firm follows on the heels of the company being named a Top 150 Fastest Growing Private Company by the San Diego Business Journal. Toft Group has experienced double-digit revenue growth since it was established in 2010 and, to better support such growth, relocated their Northern California office to industry hotspot, the San Francisco Bay area and recently expanded its executive leadership team. These strategic decisions enhance Toft Group’s ability to support its entrepreneurial, rapidly growing client base in northern California, as well as improve access to outstanding talent for its executive search services worldwide.

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group Executive Search is “Changing the Future of Medicine, One Relationship at a Time” and we take pride in the fact that our work helps our clients accelerate getting novel products to market. Named a Top 150 Fastest Growing Private Company and a Top 50 Executive Search Firm in Life Sciences, we are a global retained executive search firm that is 100% dedicated to life sciences & healthcare industries.  Our customers include biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, digital health, and diagnostic companies. With offices in San Francisco, San Diego and Boston, we assist a wide range of local, national and international companies – from venture backed start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. For more information, visit www.thetoftgroup.com.

About Hunt Scanlon Media

Hunt Scanlon Media has been informing the senior talent management sector for over 25 years. Our global news and intelligence data comes in many forms, including daily newswires, talent leadership reports, newsletter briefings and social media alerts. The privately-held company is headquartered in Greenwich, Conn.

Toft Group Executive Search Announces Leadership Team Expansion

Feb 15, 2017 – San Francisco, California: Toft Group Executive Search, a global life sciences and healthcare executive recruiting firm, today announced that Lucy Lu has joined the leadership team.  As Senior Vice President, Lucy will support Toft Group’s entrepreneurial, rapidly growing clients in northern California.

“We are thrilled to have Lucy Lu as the newest member of our experienced team based in San Francisco. She brings 25+ years of biotech industry experience to the role, having personally served in executive level roles for growing companies including Roche Diagnostics, Crescendo Biosciences, and Genentech,” commented Robin Toft, President & CEO of Toft Group. “Lucy is incredibly skilled at building life science executive teams, and she represents an important addition to better serve our valued customers seeking top tier talent for their growth stage companies.”

Before joining Toft Group, Lucy was the Chief Commercial Officer for iNDx Lifecare Inc., a point-of-care diagnostic startup, and SVP of Corporate and Business Development at Crescendo Bioscience Inc. She previously served as the Head of the U.S. Chief Technology Office for Roche Diagnostics, based in California and Basel, Switzerland. Additionally, Lucy held various life sciences marketing and product development positions at Roche Applied Sciences and PE Applied Biosystems (now Thermo Fisher Scientific). In her early career, she devoted 10 years to drug R&D at Genentech and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Lucy is currently a board member of Life Science Angels (LSA). She is also the chairperson of its member education program to provide LSA members with deep angel investment knowledge to build their successful investment portfolios.

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group Executive Search is “Changing the Future of Medicine, One Relationship at a Time” and we take pride in the fact that our work helps our clients accelerate getting novel products to market. Named a Top 150 Fastest Growing Private Company and a Top 50 Executive Search Firm in Life Sciences, we are a global retained executive search firm that is 100% dedicated to life sciences & healthcare industries.  Our customers include biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, digital health, and diagnostic companies. With offices in San Francisco, San Diego and Boston, we assist a wide range of local, national and international companies – from venture backed start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations.

Toft Group Completes Executive Search for TherapeuticsMD, Inc. (NASDAQ: TXMD) in Boca Raton, FL

Executive search firm Toft Group has placed Ms. Valerie Nahay as Senior Director of Marketing at TherapeuticsMD, Inc., in Boca Raton, FL. She offers 25+ years’ experience within the healthcare industry, most recently serving with Boehringer-Ingelheim where she led their hematology marketing efforts.

About TherapeuticsMD, Inc.

TherapeuticsMD, Inc. is an innovative healthcare company focused on developing and commercializing products exclusively for women. With its SYMBODA™ technology, TherapeuticsMD is developing advanced hormone therapy pharmaceutical products to enable delivery of bio-identical hormones through a variety of dosage forms and administration routes. The company’s late stage clinical pipeline includes two phase 3 product candidates: TX-001HR for treatment of moderate-to-severe vasomotor symptoms (VMS) due to menopause and TX-004HR for treatment of moderate-to-severe vaginal pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), a symptom of vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA) due to menopause. The company also manufactures and distributes branded and generic prescription prenatal vitamins under the vitaMedMD® and BocaGreenMD®brands.

Toft Group Completes Executive Search for Axovant Sciences (NYSE: AXON) in New York, NY

Executive search firm Toft Group has placed Ms. Victoria Carey as Vice President of US Marketing at Axovant Sciences in New York, NY. She brings 20+ years of global healthcare leadership to her new role. She previously served as VP, Cardiovascular Business Head at Sanofi and spent 16 years with Bristol Myers Squibb in various leadership roles. She received her MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.

About Axovant Sciences

Axovant Sciences Ltd. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel therapeutics to address the cognitive, functional and behavioral aspects of dementia and related neurological disorders.