Business Drivers

Posted by mddiadmin on September 1, 2006


Paradigm Spine LLC (New York City) has named James R. Pastena as the fifth member of its board of directors. Pastena has more than 20 years' experience in the orthopedic and spine industries. For 12 years, he served as president and CEO of EBI LP, a subsidiary of Biomet Inc. (Warsaw, IN).


Transport Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Framingham, MA) has appointed Sean Moran as its chief financial officer. Moran joins the company after having served as CFO of Sontra Medical Corp. (Franklin, MA), a transdermal drug delivery and diagnostics company. Transport Pharmaceuticals is focused on the convergence of medical devices and therapeutics for topical treatment of dermatological conditions.

St. Francis Medical Technologies (Alameda, CA) has appointed Chester Huang as leader of its Asia-Pacific and South and Latin America strategic marketing and sales efforts. Previously director of sales and marketing for DePuy Spine Inc. (Raynham, MA), a Johnson & Johnson company, Huang has more than 12 years' experience in orthopedic marketing and sales in the Asian market.

Given Imaging Ltd. (Yoqneam, Israel) announced that Gavriel D. Meron, the company's executive vice chairman, has resigned to pursue other interests. He was appointed to the position in April after serving as president, chief executive officer, and a member of the company's board of directors since 1998, when he cofounded the company. Given Imaging is developing a line of miniature video capsules for the detection of gastrointestinal tract disorders.

Laparoscopic systems manufacturer Viking Systems Inc. (San Diego) has appointed Donald E. Tucker as its president, CEO, and a member of the company's board of directors. With more than 25 years' experience in executive-level management, Tucker recently retired as a partner and senior executive at global consulting firm Accenture, where he served as managing partner for the company's medical products, diagnostics, and devices industry segments. In addition, Viking Systems appointed Gregory M. Decker as its new chief financial officer. Previously CFO of Sensoria Corp. (San Diego), Decker replaces Joseph Warrino, who has accepted the newly established position of vice president and general manager of operations.


Smith & Nephew Inc. (Memphis) has named Laura Whitsitt as vice president of research and development for the company's orthopedic reconstruction division. During her 18 years of service at Smith & Nephew, Whitsitt has designed two orthopedic implant systems, invented four patented products, contributed to the initial development of national testing standards for spinal devices, and led an acquisition team to obtain distribution rights to joint fluid therapy products, the company reports.


Following a 20-year career with the company, Thomas N. McCausland announced his retirement as president and CEO of Siemens Medical Solutions USA (Malvern, PA). He is succeeded by Heinrich Kolem, PhD, president of the company's magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) division. Kolem joined Siemens in 1989 and has held positions in areas ranging from marketing to engineering. In addition, Tom Miller, president of the healthcare information technologies (IT) division at Siemens Medical Solutions, has joined the company's group board. Replacing him as healthcare IT division president is Janet Dillione, formerly chief operating officer for the division.

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