Appointments at INC Research, Velesco, Acurian, Asterand and Cmed – People on the move

By Nick Taylor

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Outsourcing-Pharma presents its latest round up of movements in the pharma outsourcing sector, including appointments at INC Research, Velesco, Acurian, Asterand and Cmed.

INC Research ​has strengthened its management team in emerging markets. Claudia Trillo ​joins INC as medical director in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Trillo has previously worked at Quintiles, Searle, GlaxoSmithKline and Kendle.

Rick Chen​ has been named as associate medical director in Beijing, China. Chen has more than 10 years of academic experience in ischemic stroke, cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis research.

Bhawana Awasthy ​has been appointed as senior medical director in Delhi, India. Awasthy has 17 years of clinical practice and research experience and is the founder of Xcelerx Communications.

Velesco Pharmaceutical Services​ has hired Shirley Smith ​as director of quality. Smith has previously worked at Richard-Allan Scientific and Pfizer. While working at Velesco Smith will continue in her leadership role at PharmaMed Resources.

In addition Yuan Chen ​has joined Velesco as senior pharmaceutical scientist. Before joining Velesco Chen worked at Pfizer eight years and also Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories for two years.

Kim Basciani ​has been named as director of eRecruitment at Acurian​. Basciani has performed online commerce and direct marketing for brands including, and Advanta.

Asterand ​has appointed Dalia Cohen ​as chief scientific officer. Cohen will take responsibility for shaping scientific positioning and strategy. Before joining Asterand Cohen worked at Novartis​for 15 years.

Mac McElroy ​has joined Cmed Group​ as CEO of its US unit. McElroy worked as executive director of strategic development, Americas at Chiltern International and also held positions at CTMS.

Domainex ​has hired Joanne McCudden ​as head of business development. Before joining Domainex McCudden worked at SynCo Bio Partners and Cobra Biomanufacturing.

Lawrence Lima III ​has been named as director of analytical chemistry at Ricerca Biosciences​. Lima has previously worked at Cyanta, Allergan and Procter & Gamble.

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