EMD Serono has announced the US biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has appointed Alise Reicin, MD, as Senior Vice President, Head of Global Clinical Development.
Dr. Reicin brings extensive research and early/late clinical development expertise, including experience in Oncology and Immunology. She is an accomplished pharmaceutical executive with strong leadership ability, having served as a Vice President in various capacities across R&D at MSD (Merck Sharp & Dohme) for the last 10 years.
In her role as Head of Global Clinical Development, Reicin will oversee the Clinical Development organization, including the Clinical Development Therapeutic Areas; Evidence Value and Development; Biostatistics; Clinical Operations; and both the Japan and China R&D Hubs. In this capacity, she will lead the biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany’s portfolio of pipeline programs.
“We are honored to have Alise join us,” says Luciano Rossetti, Head of Global Research and Development. “Her impressive experience across diverse areas of clinical research and operations will bring significant value to our organization. She is an accomplished executive whose leadership will serve to significantly advance our clinical development efforts and our strong commitment to enhance our R&D operating model.”
Reicin’s experience complements the R&D strategy of the biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which focuses on the core therapeutic areas of oncology, immuno-oncology and immunology with several high-priority programs in late development, such as evofosfamide (TH-302) and avelumab (anti-PD-L1), as well as a number of promising early-stage assets.
In the past, Alise served as Vice President, Project and Pipeline Leadership, Oncology Franchise at MSD. In this capacity, she led MSD’s PD-1 program and oversaw the initial development and filing activities worldwide, including the first approval in the US. She also managed program leaders across early and late oncology product development teams.
During her tenure at MSD, she held roles of increasing responsibility in R&D, including Vice President and Therapeutic Area Head (Bone, Respiratory, Immunology and Endocrinology); Vice President, Research & Early Development (Bone, Respiratory, Immunology and Endocrinology Franchise Integrator); Vice President, Strategic Realization Office; Vice President and Therapeutic Area Head (Clinical Immunology & Analgesia); and Head of a Transformation Task Force for late clinical development.
Before joining MSD, Reicin was a faculty member at Columbia Medical School, and a physician and researcher at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
Reicin has a degree in biochemistry from Barnard College of Columbia University. She received her Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School, where she was enrolled in the Health Sciences and Technology program with MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
Reicin will report to Luciano Rossetti, Head of Global R&D, and serve as a member of the R&D Executive Leadership Team. Her official start date is on May 11, 2015, and she will be based in Billerica, MA.