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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.