Merrill Barden has joined AltaThera Pharmaceuticals as vice president of supply chain. Barden will oversee product sourcing, distribution and supply management for the Chicago-based specialty pharmaceutical company that develops therapies for rare disorders. Barden served previously as vice president for supply chain for Alcon Laboratories in Fort Worth, Texas. He began his pharmaceutical industry career at E.R. Squibb & Sons in New Brunswick, N.J., later moving to Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, where he managed the company's export planning and quality assurance efforts. He has a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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