Joe Jimenez Joins TissueTech as Vice President, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs

Former Vice President, PGT Quality Teva Pharmaceuticals

Joe Jimenez, Vice President, formerly PGT Quality for Teva Pharmaceuticals has recently become Vice President, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs for TissueTech, a Miami-based company producing regenerative amniotic tissue-based products for use in the ophthalmology, optometry, musculoskeletal and wound care markets.    Life Science Partner partnered with CEO Amy Tseng and founder Shefferd Tseng, MD, PhD, to recruit Jimenez to prepare the company for the changing regulatory landscape of regenerative medicine products.

At Teva, Jimenez was responsible for leading the global quality team for the PGT joint venture between Proctor & Gamble and Teva where he oversaw an international team based in Switzerland.  “Jimenez has global view of quality,” states Tom Callaway, MD, Founder and President of Life Science Partner.  “He has a broad hands-on approach to developing analytical methods and quality systems combined with a can-do energy that will mesh well with the culture at TissueTech.”

Jimenez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Queens College in New York.

Susan Blank Joins BioConfirm Laboratories as Chief Medical Officer

Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Atlanta Healing Center and President of the Georgia Society of Addiction Medicine
Life Science Partner is pleased to announce the recruitment of Susan Blank, MD, Founder and Chief Medical Officer for the Atlanta Healing Center to become the Chief Medical Officer for BioConfirm Laboratories-a new company based in Atlanta committed to providing personalized physician-led solutions and services for patients and clinicians surrounding addiction and substance abuse.

With her entire career focused on the treatment of addiction and behavioral health with a true passion for healing through comprehensive programs, Life Science Partner identified Blank as a key expert for establishing the therapy platform at BioConfirm.

As an active expert and advocate for addiction recovery, Blank can be heard nationwide every Tuesday on her weekly radio show “Detailing Addiction” on America’s Web Radio. “Her passion, enthusiasm, and in depth knowledge of comprehensive addiction therapy will be a major asset to BioConfirm’s growth,” states Tom Callaway, President and Founder of Life Science Partner.

Blank earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Augusta College and she completed her MD from the Medical College of Georgia.

Robert Rajalingam Joins Smiths Medical as VP, Global Product Management, Vascular Access

Former Site Leader and Vice President for Global Marketing at Medtronic/Covidien Vascular Therapies

As a medical device leader and strategic marketing executive, Robert Rajalingam has been selected to lead Smith Medical’s $300 M Vascular Access business.  Life Science Partner collaborated closely with Vice President, Carl Stamp to recruit Rajalingam from Medtronic.

Vascular medicine has been his passion and interest, having worked both in the venous therapy area (spearheading the re-branding with Rethink Varicose Veins campaign including an Olympic spokesperson at Covidien) and in arterial disease at Medtronic Vascular in business development, including a partnership with Abbott Vascular.

“Robert is passionate and articulate about medical devices and their ability to improve patient lives. Experienced in managing a maturing product portfolio while simultaneously spearheading product innovation, he has the know-how, tenacity, and marketing instincts to build highly effective teams at Smiths Medical,” states Tom Callaway, MD, Founder and President of Life Science Partner.

Rajalingam earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Duke University and his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.



Susan Alpert, MD, PhD joins Canary Medical as Regulatory Affairs Leader

Former Senior Vice President, Chief Regulatory Officer at Medtronic

As one of the foremost leaders in the complex regulatory arena of medical devices, combination products, and healthcare information, Susan Alpert, MD, PhD, has been recruited by Life Science Partner to serve as the top regulatory advisor for Canary Medical.

Canary Medical has established an innovative portfolio of intellectual property surrounding its CHIRP (Canary Medical Implantable Recording Processor) technology that is transforming the medical field as it allows medical device manufacturers to integrate a 1cc implanted device for wireless data transmission.

“As a seasoned expert within the inner workings of the FDA on healthcare data and appropriate management of patient information, the regulatory role at Canary will be a natural fit for Alpert following her retirement from Medtronic,” states Tom Callaway, MD, President of Life Science Partner.  “Alpert will be an invaluable source for Canary’s rapidly growing company and current leadership team- Bill Hunter, CEO and Jeff Gross, CTO.

Susan completed her bachelor’s degree at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City and holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from New York University. She received her medical degree from the University of Miami (Florida) and completed her clinical training at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York and at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.