Healthcare Industry News: Emisphere Technologies
News Release - May 9, 2007
Auriga Laboratories Appoints Elliot M. Maza To Its Board of DirectorsLOS ANGELES--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Auriga Laboratories, Inc. (OTCBB:ARGA ), a specialty pharmaceutical company with products for the treatment of Xerostomia, dermatological conditions, and acute respiratory diseases, announced today that it has appointed Elliot M. Maza to its Board of Directors. Mr. Maza is a licensed C.P.A. and attorney and has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and drug development industries. He was also appointed Chairman of the Company's Audit Committee, replacing Brian Alleman who has resigned to pursue other opportunities. There was no dispute between Mr. Alleman and Auriga Laboratories.
Mr. Maza is currently President and Chief Financial Officer for Intellect Neurosciences, Inc., a New York-based biotechnology company. Prior to joining Intellect, Mr. Maza was Chief Financial Officer of Emisphere Technologies (NASDAQ: EMIS ), a biopharmaceutical company specializing in oral drug delivery. Previously, he was a partner at Ernst and Young LLP and a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, Inc. and JP Morgan Securities, Inc. Mr. Maza also practiced law at Sullivan and Cromwell, a leading New York law firm. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and is Chairman of the Audit Committee of Tapestry Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: TPPH ), a biotechnology company focused on developing proprietary therapies for the treatment of cancer.
"I am pleased that we were able to attract such an experienced executive to serve on our Board of Directors and Chair our Audit Committee," said Philip S. Pesin, Auriga's CEO. "Elliot has extensive legal, financial and public company expertise, and we believe that his experience working with national-market listed companies in senior financial roles well qualifies him to serve as the Board's Financial Expert."
Mr. Maza received his J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Touro College.
About Auriga Laboratories(TM)
Auriga Laboratories is a specialty pharmaceutical company building an industry changing commission based-sales model. The company's high-growth business model combines driving revenues through a variable cost commission-based sales structure, acquisition of proven brand names, introduction of new brands, and a strategic development pipeline, all of which is designed to enhance its growing direct relationships with physicians nationwide. Auriga's exclusive prescription and over-the-counter product portfolio includes Aquoral(TM) for the treatment of Xerostomia, Akurza(TM) and Xyralid(TM) dermatology products, and the Zinx(TM), ExtendrylŽ, and LevallŽ families of products for relief of symptoms associated with a range of acute respiratory diseases. For more information, visit: www.aurigalabs.com.
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