Career briefs, June 2

Jun. 01, 2014 @ 06:20 PM

Argos Therapeutics receives award

DURHAM –Argos Therapeutics, a drug development company, announced that it has been named as one of Red Herring magazine’s Top 100 North America winners.

According to a news release from the company, each year, the technology and business magazine and online news source honors 100 entrepreneurs and promising companies from among about 3,000 companies financed annually in the United States and Canada.

The company completed a public offering this year and is continuing a Phase 3 trial testing its lead drug candidate as a treatment for kidney cancer, and continuing clinical studies of an HIV treatment.

In the award selection process, Red Herring's editorial staff evaluates companies quantitative and qualitative criteria such as financial performance, technological innovation, intellectual property, management quality, business model, customer footprint and market penetration.

Anita Brown-Graham to Blue Cross board

CHAPEL HILL – Anita Brown-Graham, director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at N.C. State University, has been named to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina board of trustees.

Brown-Graham has served as director of the IEI since January 2007, leading programs of work around public policy initiatives that include health care, economic development, tax and finance modernization, energy and the environment and higher education. 

Prior to joining IEI, she worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government for 13 years, training communities in strategic planning to revitalize distressed rural communities.

Brown-Graham earned an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and, after attending graduate school at LSU, she earned a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Spring Arbor of Durham names new executive director

DURHAM – Sandra Taranto will start as the executive director of Spring Arbor of Durham on June 9, according to a news release from the assisted living facility.

Taranto was born in Jamaica. She received a bachelor’s of science degree in respiratory therapy from Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y, and a master’s of science degree in gerontology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island.

She practiced for many years in clinical settings, specializing in geriatric care. 

For the past several years, she has been one of three social workers at Carolina Meadows Continuing Care Retirement Community in Chapel Hill. She formed and became the facilitator of an Alzheimer Support Group. 

She lives in Raleigh with her husband Joseph, and their three children.

New Duke Raleigh Hospital president named

DURHAM – Dr. David W. Zaas has been named president of Duke Raleigh Hospital, effective July 1. 

Zaas is chief medical officer for the Duke faculty practice and vice-chair for clinical practice in the Duke University Department of Medicine. 

“We will continue to aspire to provide the highest quality care and the best patient experience for the residents of Wake County,” Zaas said in a statement.

Zaas earned his doctor of medicine degree from Northwestern University Medical School and his master’s of business administration degree from Duke's Fuqua School of Business.

He arrived at Duke in 2001 to complete his fellowship training and joined the Duke faculty in 2005. A pulmonary and critical care physician by training, Zaas served as medical director for lung transplantation at Duke from 2008 to 2012.
Zaas was appointed chief medical officer in 2011.  
Zaas succeeds Richard J. Gannotta, who became president of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago in February.