Celladon Corp., a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing novel therapies by applying its leadership position in the field of SERCA enzymes, announced that it has appointed Michael Narachi as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
According to a release, Michael currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. Michael has 29 years of biotechnology and pharmaceutical experience across a broad range of functions including clinical development, commercialization, strategic business development and planning. Prior to joining Orexigen, Michael served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Ren Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a private biotechnology company and Executive Chairman of the Board of Naryx Pharma, Inc., a private pharmaceutical company. In 2004, Narachi retired as an officer and Vice President and General Manager of Amgen's Anemia Business. Throughout his 20 years at Amgen, Michael held various positions including: Product Development Team Leader for NEUPOGEN; Director of Clinical Operations in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Cambridge, U.K.; Vice President of Development and Representative Director for Amgen Japan; Head of Corporate Strategic Planning; Chief Operations Officer of Amgen BioPharma; and Vice President, Licensing and Business Development. He is also Chairman of Amag Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
Krisztina Zsebo, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Celladon, said "Michael's appointment brings to the Board over two decades of broad experience in product development and commercial operations at preeminent biotechnology companies. We look forward to working with him in his new capacity as Chairman."
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