Healthcare Industry News: ALZA Corp
News Release - May 3, 2010
VIVUS Appoints Michael Miller to Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial OfficerMOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 3 (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- VIVUS, Inc. (Nasdaq:VVUS ) today announced the appointment of Michael P. Miller to the position of senior vice president and chief commercial officer. This newly created position, reporting directly to Leland Wilson, chief executive officer, will be responsible for building and leading the commercial efforts for Qnexa, if approved, for commercial use. Mr. Miller brings 30 years of commercial and launch experience from executive positions in marketing, sales and business development in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He has played a central role in the launch, growth and success of multiple brands spanning specialty and primary care markets, and has managed business development activities and partnerships with several leading pharmaceutical companies.
Most recently, Mr. Miller served as vice president in the BioOncology Business Unit at Genentech, a wholly owned member of the Roche Group, where he presided over three marketing teams and sales forces and drove top-line growth and successful indication launches for leading oncology therapies Herceptin®, Tarceva®, and Xeloda® to $2.5 billion combined revenue in 2009. He was also responsible for the pre-launch activities of multiple pipeline products and the U.S. commercial collaboration with OSI Pharmaceuticals. Previously, Mr. Miller was senior vice president and chief commercial officer of Connectics Corporation. He also served as vice president at ALZA Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson Company, where he launched Ditropan XL® and negotiated partnerships with companies including UCB Pharma, Inc., Abbott Laboratories, Inc. and Bayer Corporation.
"Mike brings significant specialty and primary care experience to our management team," said Leland Wilson, chief executive officer, VIVUS. "Mike has the strategic vision, leadership skills, and track record for success as we evaluate potential partners and begin to formalize commercial plans for Qnexa, our investigational product candidate for the treatment of obesity."
Prior to ALZA, Mr. Miller also held senior sales and marketing executive positions at VIVUS and Syntex Laboratories. Mr. Miller holds a BS from the University of San Francisco and an MBA from San Francisco State University.
VIVUS is a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative, next-generation therapies to address unmet needs in obesity, sleep apnea, diabetes and sexual health. The company's lead investigational product candidate, Qnexa®, has completed phase 3 clinical trials for the treatment of obesity and an NDA has been submitted and accepted by the FDA, with an action date of October 28, 2010. Qnexa is also in phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea. In the area of sexual health, VIVUS is in phase 3 development with avanafil, a potentially best-in-class PDE5 inhibitor for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. MUSE® (alprostadil), a first generation therapy for the treatment of ED, is already on the market and generating revenue for VIVUS. For more information about the company, please visit www.vivus.com.
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