Healthcare Industry News: Solvay Pharmaceuticals
News Release - November 18, 2009
Depomed Promotes William Callahan to Vice President of OperationsMENLO PARK, Calif.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Depomed, Inc. (NASDAQ:DEPO ) announced today that William Callahan has been promoted to vice president, Operations. Mr. Callahan joined Depomed in 2002 and most recently held the position of senior director, Operations.
Mr. Callahan has spent most of his more than 20-year career in emerging growth companies, establishing and growing operations groups, and participating in the launch of numerous new products. Prior to Depomed, Mr. Callahan held director of operations positions at Avocet Medical, Cygnus Therapeutics, Applied Biosystems and Johnson & Johnson Lifescan. He received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from San Francisco State University.
“I would like to congratulate Bill on his promotion on behalf of the rest of the company and the Board of Directors. Bill is an excellent manager who has successfully and efficiently ensured seamless product supply for our clinical trials and commercial products. This key function of his department has allowed Depomed to achieve its success to date such as growing GLUMETZA to a current annual run rate of close to $50 million in sales, scaling up the manufacturing of DM-1796 so that we can support the future commercial success of DM-1796 with our partner Solvay, and continuing the manufacturing of Serada product supply,” said Carl Pelzel, Depomed’s president and chief executive officer.
Depomed, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company with one product candidate through Phase 3 clinical development, another in Phase 3 clinical development, two approved products on the market and other product candidates in its early stage pipeline. Product candidate DM-1796 has completed Phase 3 clinical development and has been licensed to Solvay Pharmaceuticals. A New Drug Applications for DM-1796 is expected to be filed with the FDA in the first quarter of 2010. Product candidate SeradaTM is in Phase 3 clinical development for menopausal hot flashes. GLUMETZA(R) (metformin hydrochloride extended release tablets) is approved for use in adults with type 2 diabetes and promoted by Santarus, Inc. in the United States. Depomed formulates its products and product candidates with its proven, proprietary Acuform(R) drug delivery technology, which is designed to improve existing oral medications, allowing for extended, controlled release of medications to the upper gastrointestinal tract. Benefits of Acuform-enhanced pharmaceuticals include the convenience of once-daily administration, improved treatment tolerability and enhanced compliance and efficacy. Additional information about Depomed may be found on its website, www.depomed.com.
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