Here’s the latest personnel changes from medical device, diagnostics and life science companies around the nation. For more recent hirings and firings, check out MassDevice’s compilation of the latest personnel moves.
- Cook Medical taps veteran for corporate development job
Bloomington, Ind.-based Cook Medical Inc. promoted Joe Roberts, a veteran of the Cook organization, to vice president of corporate development. Roberts will report to senior vice president of corporate development Jerry Williams, and will be responsible for working with physicians and hospitals to continue the innovation and product development in the medical device field. Roberts joined Cook in 1979 as a sales representative and since then has held a variety of positions within the company, including positions in product development and leadership positions in sales and marketing. Roberts retired from Cook in 2003, rejoined the company in 2008, and has most recently worked with the corporate development team.
"With his passionate dedication to patients and his uncompromising support for physicians exploring new treatment options, Joe Roberts exemplifies everything that has helped Cook earn the trust of the medical community over the last 48 years," Cook president Kem Hawkins said in prepared remarks.
- Stereotaxis elects Joseph Keegan to board
St. Louis-based Stereotaxis, Inc. (NSDQ:STXS) announced that Joseph Keegan, 55, was elected to its board of directors. Keegan is currently president and CEO of ForteBIO Inc., a life science analytical instrument company, and has more than 25 years of experience managing high growth life science businesses. Under Dr. Keegan’s leadership, ForteBIO, Inc. has generated compounded annual revenue growth of 45 percent since his appointment to CEO in September 2007. Prior to ForteBIO, Keegan was president and CEO of Molecular Devices Corp. for nine years, during which time the company’s revenues grew from $30 million to $190 million. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of ALSSA as Vice Chairman, and Seahorse Bioscience Inc. Dr. Keegan holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Stanford University.
- ERT appoints Eric Schwartz chief legal officer
Philadelphia-based eResearchTechnology Inc. (NSDQ:ERES) appointed Eric Schwartz as executive VP and chief legal officer. Schwartz joins ERT with over 15 years of legal and executive management experience with high growth companies in the healthcare and technology industries. Most recently, Schwartz was Assistant General Counsel at Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), where he served on the senior management teams of several of the fastest growing companies within Johnson & Johnson’s medical device and consumer products businesses. Schwartz holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia, as well as an MBA from the Wharton School of Business
- iTech Medical names Warren Baker president, COO and director
Huntington Beach, Calif.-based iTech Medical Inc. (OTC:IMSU) announced that Warren. Baker has been appointed president and COO, overseeing the company’s growing medical technology business. Baker, a 25-year medical device and healthcare technology veteran, brings to iTech Medical proven leadership experience in business development, operational excellence, strategic planning and new product development. The company also announced the appointment of Mr. Baker to its board. Baker joins iTech Medial with over 25 years of senior executive experience in early-stage medical device and technology companies. Most recently he was COO at Montreal-based Advanced Research Technologies where he lead the development and commercialization of their optical imaging technology for the identification and diagnosis of breast cancer and identification of optically tagged biomarkers in preclinical pharmaceutical studies.
- Hurst’s the Heart author, Dr. Robert O’Rourke
Dr. Robert O’Rourke, author of Hurst’s the Heart: Manual of Cardiology, passed away at his home on February 16 from complications of Parkinson’s disease, TheHeart.org reported. A professor emeritus at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, O’Rourke was also a master of the American College of Cardiology and a master of the American College of Physicians. He is perhaps best known for editing consecutive editions of Hurst’s the Heart.