Ex-Take­da ex­ec hits the ground run­ning at the helm of rare dis­ease biotech — with 3 pri­or­i­ties off the bat; Sea­soned CEO jumps to ALS up­start

Af­ter spend­ing years in the bio­phar­ma and rare dis­ease space, Tauhid Ali fi­nal­ly got the op­por­tu­ni­ty to ful­fill a per­son­al am­bi­tion: to co-found and cre­ate a biotech com­pa­ny in the rare dis­ease space. And he’s of­fi­cial­ly join­ing the transat­lantic biotech, which has per­son­nel in both the UK and the US, as CEO.

Af­ter the com­pa­ny was found­ed in the sec­ond half of 2021, Oak Hill Bio of­fi­cial­ly emerged from stealth in Feb­ru­ary with Take­da throw­ing its weight be­hind the biotech — by out-li­cens­ing Take­da as­sets and tak­ing an eq­ui­ty stake in the com­pa­ny. Take­da sent over some tal­ent to kick things off with a bang: CMO Vic­to­ria Niklas, most re­cent­ly glob­al pro­gram leader a Take­da as­set, now one of Oak Hill’s lead pro­grams, as well as Nor­man Bar­ton, the ex­ec be­hind the oth­er lead pro­gram at Oak Hill. Daniel Cur­ran, Take­da’s head of rare ge­net­ics and hema­tol­ogy ther­a­peu­tic area unit, al­so joined the board of di­rec­tors.

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