Healthcare Industry News: proton
News Release - January 10, 2007
POZEN Names Gilda M. Thomas as Senior Vice President and General CounselCHAPEL HILL, N.C.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--POZEN Inc. (NASDAQ: POZN ), a pharmaceutical company focused primarily on products for the treatment of migraine, acute and chronic pain and other pain-related conditions, today announced the appointment of Gilda M. Thomas as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Ms. Thomas will be responsible for all legal matters affecting the Company, its products, intellectual property, and employees.
Dr. John R. Plachetka, POZEN's Chairman, President and CEO said, "We believe Ms. Thomas will be a great asset to the POZEN team. Ms. Thomas has over 20 years of legal experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She brings a wealth of knowledge related to general business and commercial transactions, including intellectual property licensing and general corporate law."
Ms. Thomas was most recently employed at EMD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany as Vice President, General Counsel and Company Secretary. In this capacity, Ms. Thomas was responsible for overseeing and directing all legal matters for a fully-integrated start up pharmaceutical company. Prior to joining EMD in 2001, Ms. Thomas spent 14 years with Burroughs Wellcome Co., which merged into Glaxo Wellcome, Inc. While at Glaxo Wellcome, Ms. Thomas was Associate General Counsel responsible for the 13 member corporate section of the legal department.
Ms. Thomas received a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School, an M.S. from Simmons College and an A.B. from Wellesley College.
POZEN is a pharmaceutical company committed to developing therapeutic advancements for diseases with unmet medical needs where it can improve efficacy, safety, and/or patient convenience. POZEN's efforts are focused primarily on the development of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of acute and chronic pain and other pain-related conditions. POZEN has development and commercialization alliances with GlaxoSmithKline for the proposed product candidate Trexima(TM) combining sumatriptan, formulated with RT Technology(TM), and naproxen sodium in a single tablet for the acute treatment of migraine, which is currently under review by the United States Food and Drug Administration, and with AstraZeneca for proprietary fixed dose combinations of the proton pump inhibitor esomeprazole magnesium with naproxen in a single tablet for conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in patients who are at risk for developing NSAID-associated gastric ulcers. The company's common stock is traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol "POZN". For detailed company information, including copies of this and other press releases, see POZEN's website: www.pozen.com.
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