Astellas Pharma US Inc., of Northbrook, Ill., part of Astellas Pharma Inc., of Tokyo, appointed Steven E. Benner senior vice president and therapeutic area head for oncology, and named Anne Keating vice president of clinical science for oncology, within the company’s development organization. Benner will be responsible for providing global leadership for Astellas’ oncology therapeutic area, and Keating will be responsible for the vision, leadership and strategic direction for the execution of all phases of Astellas’ clinical science oncology programs globally. Both will be based in Northbrook.

Beigene Ltd., of Waltham, Mass., part of Beigene Co. Ltd., of Beijing, appointed Ross Pettit senior vice president, global development operations. He will be responsible for leading global clinical operations including operational project management, outsourcing, data management, and clinical drug supply. Pettit has more than 30 years of experience in the biopharma industry, most recently at Infinity Pharmaceuticals where he was senior vice president of development operations and responsible for the execution of the company’s clinical programs including late-stage studies in B-cell malignancies.

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