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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.