Healthcare Industry News: hyaluronidase
News Release - November 13, 2007
Halozyme Therapeutics Names Matthew R. Hooper Vice President, General CounselSAN DIEGO, Nov. 13 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: HALO ), a biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing products based on the extracellular matrix, today announced that Matthew R. Hooper has been named Vice President, General Counsel. Mr. Hooper will direct the Company's legal activities and will report to Jonathan Lim, MD, Halozyme's President and Chief Executive Officer.
"Earlier this year, we articulated Halozyme's goal to become the best 'Matrix company' in the world, through the execution of our Enable, Improve, and Innovate programs that are focused on developing and commercializing products based on the extracellular matrix," said Dr. Lim. "The addition of Matt Hooper to our team is a reflection of our ability to attract the outstanding talent that will help drive our continued growth and achievement of our business objectives."
Mr. Hooper brings to Halozyme nearly 25 years of legal experience. Most recently, he was Assistant General Counsel at Johnson & Johnson (J&J), where he served in a dual role as member of J&J's Law Department, and Vice-President of Law for Scios, Inc., a wholly-owned J&J subsidiary focused on cardiovascular therapeutics, from 2005 to 2006. He also assumed responsibility for commercial legal affairs for Nitinol Devices & Components (J&J subsidiary specializing in cardiovascular medical device components). From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Hooper served as Senior Counsel at J&J, where he handled all commercial legal affairs related to Scios' integration into J&J following completion of the $2.5 billion merger in April 2003. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Vice President, General Counsel of Scios, where he oversaw all legal aspects of the Company's operations. Mr. Hooper joined Scios in 2000 as Senior Patent Counsel, with responsibility for all intellectual property matters for the Company. From 1999 to 2000, Mr. Hooper was senior counsel in the litigation group of Jones Day Reavis and Pogue in Chicago. From 1994 to 1999, he held the position of Patent Counsel at Abbott Laboratories in its patent and trademark department, where he was responsible for U.S. and foreign patent preparation and prosecution, litigation support, legal opinions and contract preparation supporting Abbott's diagnostics businesses. In this role, he also delivered comprehensive analysis and legal opinions on competitor patent portfolios to evaluate business risk and guide Abbott's product and business development strategies. Before joining Abbott, Mr. Hooper served as a patent attorney at Amoco Corporation from 1985 to 1994, and was an associate attorney in private practice in Chicago from 1982 to 1985. He received his JD degree from Northwestern University Law School and his BS degree in Chemistry from LaSalle University.
About Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc.
Halozyme is a biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing products based on the extracellular matrix for the drug delivery, oncology and dermatology markets. The company's portfolio of products and product candidates is based on intellectual property covering the family of human enzymes known as hyaluronidases. The company's Enhanze Technology is a novel drug delivery platform designed to increase the absorption and dispersion of biologics. Its key partnerships are with Roche to apply Enhanze Technology to Roche's biological therapeutic compounds for up to 13 targets and with Baxter to apply Enhanze Technology to Baxter's biological therapeutic compound, GAMMAGARD LIQUID 10%. In addition, the company has received FDA approval for two products: Cumulase®, for use in in-vitro fertilization, and HYLENEX, for use as an adjuvant to increase the absorption and dispersion of other injected drugs and fluids. HYLENEX is partnered with Baxter International Inc. The Company also has a number of different enzymes in its portfolio that are targeting significant areas of unmet need.
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