People in brief | BioGaia, EMA, CHPA, Bayer

People in brief | BioGaia, EMA, CHPA, Bayer

4 October 2019 - Deborah Wilkes

BioGaia, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the US Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and Bayer have all announced people changes.

BioGaia gains microbiome expert

Swedish probiotics specialist BioGaia has appointed Gianfranco Grompone as chief scientific officer with effect from January 2020.

Grompone currently works for the global yeast and fermentation company Lesaffre International where he is discovery lead nutrition and health science director. He has also worked for the Agronomy National Research Institute in Uruguay, the Institut Pasteur in France and Uruguay, and Danone in France.

BioGaia said Grompone’s areas of expertise included innovation and products connected to the microbiome – such as prebiotics, probiotics and synbiotics – as well as personalised nutrition and medicine, translational medicine, functional foods, and bioactive compounds screening and characterisation.

Change to the EMA’s management board

The EMA’s management board has elected Ireland’s Lorraine Nolan as vice-chair for a three-year term. She replaces Grzegorz Cessak of Poland.

Nolan has been a member of the EMA’s management board since March 2016. She is chief executive of Ireland’s Health Products Regulatory Agency (HPRA).

CHPA hires Anne Marie Murphy

The US CHPA has hired Anne Marie Murphy as deputy general counsel.

Murphy joins the CHPA from Thomson Reuters Practical Law where she was a senior legal editor developing legal know-how resources for practitioners in the food and drug law and life sciences sectors.

She also spent 15 years with Hyman, Phelps and McNamara where she specialised in food and drug law.

David Spangler, the CHPA’s senior vice president of policy and general counsel, said Murphy had “deep knowledge of the consumer healthcare legal landscape”.

New face on Bayer’s supervisory board

Bayer has announced that Ertharin Cousin has joined its supervisory board, replacing Thomas Ebeling who stepped down at the end of September 2019.

A US citizen, Cousin was executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme in Italy from 2012 until 2017.

Bayer said the appointment of Cousin gave its supervisory board the “added support it was targeting in view of the growing importance of the Crop Science business”.

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