Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Scientific Communities
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article

OBN Announces Changes to Board of Directors

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Bookmark and Share
Appointment of David Boal as Director of business development.

OBN has announced changes to the OBN Board of Directors.

Dr Steven Lee is reluctantly standing down as Chairman and his place will be taken by David Laskow-Pooley.

Congratulating David on his appointment Steven said that “after 6 years as Chairman and with my business interests becoming increasingly focused on China, as CEO of Concepta the time is right for a change. I wish David well in his new role.”

Dr Lee will remain on the Board of OBN as a Non-Executive Director.

David Laskow-Pooley is the CEO of LondonPharma a drug delivery company developing registered compounds delivered sublingually.

David brings more than 35 years experience and expertise in pharmaceuticals. Working within major companies as well as emerging enterprises, including GSK, Abbott, Amersham and OSI Pharmaceuticals, David has held senior posts in Development, Operations and General Management, launching products for use in cardiovascular (Hytrin), cancer (Tarceva, Rapid Strand) and anti-infective (Clarithromycin) disorders and diseases and has created franchises (spin-outs and start-ups) throughout his career.

Joining David, in the role of Deputy Chairman is Stewart Sharpe, Vice President, Commercial Operations at Circassia a specialty biopharma company focused on developing world class immunotherapy.

Stewart brings 25 years of commercial and marketing experience to OBN. Prior to taking up his position at Circassia he was Head of Commercial & Business Development at Astellas Pharma's subsidiary OSI / Prosidion.

Previously, he held senior leadership roles at Takeda, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Roche and Glaxo Wellcome. During his career he has led the commercial activities for a number of new products, including the global launch of Xolair® for Novartis.

He also has wide experience of establishing high performing teams and has a proven record of developing and implementing successful marketing strategies in several therapeutic areas, including respiratory medicine.

Jon Rees, CEO of OBN commented “Working with Steven over a time of considerable change and growth has been very rewarding and whilst I am sorry to see him step down I am pleased that he will remain on the Board of OBN. The appointment of David and Stewart as Chairman and Deputy Chairman shows clearly that the composition of the Board increasingly reflects the life sciences R&D community we serve. I look forward to working with David and Stewart to consolidate OBN’s position as the business network providing comprehensive support for the life sciences community.”

Also announced is the appointment of David Boal as Director of Business Development.

David joins OBN with an admirable sales record having worked with many of the major bioscience players and his own very successful consultancy.

David graduated from the University of Ulster with a degree in Biomedical Sciences obtained whilst working at the MS research laboratories of Queens University in Belfast.

Over the past 25 years David has achieved significant success in a number of sales, marketing and business development roles all within the Bio-pharmaceutical arena for companies such as, GD Searle (now Pfizer where he held a number of Sales & Marketing positions, Scotia, PolyMasc (Valentis), Laxdale and Amarin Neuroscience (all for which he has completed a significant number of in and out-licensing multi-million dollar deals on a global or regional basis).

Finally in the last 3 years, David has successfully been running and managing his own business development consulting company (Diligent Consulting Ltd).

David brings to OBN a wide range of knowledge, expertise and understanding of the Bio/Pharm industry in addition to his business links and contacts established over his time in this field and aims to add to the success and growth of OBN as the leading trade body in the UK Biosciences sector.

Jon Rees, CEO of OBN commented: “I am delighted that David has joined our team and look forward to working with him to take OBN’s offering to its Members to the next level and building and consolidating OBN’s services to the community. David will be a valuable asset to OBN and our membership as we move forward and grow our business.”

Further Information
Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 2,800+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More Than 4,000+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters

Sign In

Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

Related Content

OBN Strikes Up Partnership with BioCity
OBN appoints senior buyer for member companies.
Monday, November 18, 2013
OBN Supports Stem Cell Patentability Consortium Letter
Letter calls for patentability of products derived from pluripotent stem cells.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
OBN Co-Founds and Subscribes to EDCA
Company takes this step in support of its diagnostics member companies.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Scientific News
High Throughput Mass Spectrometry-Based Screening Assay Trends
Dr John Comley provides an insight into HT MS-based screening with a focus on future user requirements and preferences.
The MaxSignal Colistin ELISA Test Kit from Bioo Scientific
Kit can help prevent the antibiotic apocalypse by keeping last resort drugs out of the food supply.
Kitchen Utensils Can Spread Bacteria Between Foods
In a recent study researchers found that produce that contained bacteria would contaminate other produce items through the continued use of knives or graters—the bacteria would latch on to the utensils commonly found in consumers' homes and spread to the next item.
Exploring the Causes of Cancer
Queen's research to understand the regulation of a cell surface protein involved in cancer.
Safer, Faster Way To Remove Pollutants From Water
Using nanoparticles filled with enzymes proves more effective than current methods.
Drug May Prevent Life-Threatening Muscle Loss in Advanced Cancers
New data describes how an experimental drug can stop life-threatening muscle wasting (cachexia) associated with advanced cancers and restore muscle health.
Ancient Viral Molecules Essential for Human Development
Genetic material from ancient viral infections is critical to human development, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Novel Tumor Treatment
In the first published results from a $386,000 National Cancer Institute grant awarded earlier this year, a paper by Scott Verbridge and Rafael Davalos has been published.
Speeding Up the Process of Making Vaccines
System uses a freeze-dry concept to develop "just-add-water" solution.
Chemical Design Made Easier
Rice University scientists prepare elusive organocatalysts for drug and fine chemical synthesis.
Scroll Up
Scroll Down
Skyscraper Banner

Skyscraper Banner
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
2,800+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
4,000+ scientific videos