Venture capital firm Sofinnova Ventures has hired on an Executive-in-Residence based in San Diego, the firm said Thursday. Sofinnova, which invests in early stage life sciences and IT firms, said it has appointed Lars Ekman, M.D., Ph.D. to its team. Ekman is te former EVP and President of Global Research and Development at Elan Corporation. According to Sofinnova, Ekman will work to identify and build early stage companies, and will be based in San Diego. Sofinnova is an investor in a number of San Diego firms, including Cebix, Intellikine, Ocera Therapeutics, Phenomix, and Trius Therapeutics.