Jun 2014

Biotechnology firm appoints VP Commercial Development

Taragenyx Ltd., a privately held orthopedic biotechnology company dedicated to creating and developing the next generation of bio-regenerative implants and coatings, today announced the appointment of Onno Visser to the newly created position of VP Commercial Development.

Mr. Visser joins Taragenyx as an experienced business development executive with over 10 years of global leadership and commercial operating experience with an established track record of leading the commercial development, product management, and global expansion of orthobiologic coatings and implant products across various therapeutic areas. He most recently served as Head of Sales and Marketing for Cam Bioceramics; Europe’s leading provider of orthobiologic materials and implant coating services.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Onno joining the team at such a pivotal time,” said Iain McDougall, Chief Executive Officer of Taragenyx.

“Having successfully completed our most recent trials, we are rapidly gaining significant customer traction both here in Europe and in the USA. I am confident that the addition of Onno’s leadership and commercial knowledge further strengthens our overall investment proposition ahead of our forthcoming Series A funding round.”

Relocating to Scotland from Leiden in the Netherlands, Mr Visser brings deep customer insight and experience having supplied many companies in the orthopedic, dental, and spinal markets. He has studied in Beijing and Zanzibar, and is fluent in Mandarin, English, German, French and Dutch.

Taragenyx worked with Ms. Georgina Worden of Intramezzo, a specialist executive search firm for ventured-backed businesses, to help find an outstanding candidate for the position.

Based in Glasgow within Entrepreneurial Spark, in March of last year

Taragenyx Ltd secured $2 million (£1.3 million) in seed financing from Kelvin Capital, Lancaster Capital and the Scottish Investment Bank (the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise). Taragenyx is also one of a handful of companies in the UK to be selected for the first London Stock Exchange ELITE program.

“For a venture backed company, the quality of the team and the way they work together are two of the most crucial success factors. And for those of us at the earliest stages, finding those few who really can bend reality and build a new future can be an exceptionally tough job. Everyone says hire A players, but with help from Intramezzo – we actually do it.

 Intramezzo worked very closely with us to shape the brief and gain a deep understanding of our unique company culture, then continued to work alongside us to get the best results – and fast. The fact that we were able to complete this search in its entirety in fewer than eight weeks is a real testament to Intramezzo’s thorough knowledge of the venture backed industry and their insights into the uniqueness of the people often required.

Finding exceptional people is a team effort, and Intramezzo worked as a team of virtuosos right out the gate. I would highly recommend them as a venture backed team executive search firm and really look forward to working with them again.”

Iain McDougall, CEO, Taragenyx.

For more information, please see the full Taragenyx Press Release.

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