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Perrigo boosts Wisser to manager of research and development

BY Alaric DeArment

ALLEGAN, Mich. Generic drug maker Perrigo has promoted Mike Wisser to the position of analytical research and development manager, the company announced Thursday.

Wisser, who has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wabash College, has worked for Perrigo for more than 10 years, becoming a supervisor in global scientific affairs in 2003 and receiving several promotions in the five years since then.

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Group shows support for FDA with boost to budget

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON Despite anxieties about plans to spend up to $700 billion to bail out banks, the Food and Drug Administration is getting a $300 million boost to its budget for fiscal year 2009.

The Alliance for a Stronger FDA announced its support Monday for a continuing resolution in Congress that will allow the FDA to spend at a higher rate next year than it could this year. The House passed the resolution Wednesday, and the Senate passed it Saturday.

“Our alliance has advocated for funding for FDA that will enable it to retain its standing as the ‘gold standard’ of consumer protection and to regain the confidence of the American public,” alliance president Wayne Pines said in a statement.

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FGX International lists Siano as new director of marketing

BY Jenna Duncan

SMITHFIELD, R.I. Eyewear designer and seller FGX International today named its new marketing director, that Salvatore Siano. Siano previously was serving as brand manager of Foster Grant, the company said.

Siano will head marketing business to support Foster Grant Sun and reading glasses and also will manage the Magnivision business.

Siano told media representatives that working for Foster Grant has been both exciting and challenging and he is embracing his new role as an opportunity to develop Foster Grant and Magnivision into stronger brands.

Before his position at FGX International, Siano served as senior brand manager for six years at The Holmes Group.

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