Healthcare Industry News: Novartis Pharma AG
News Release - November 2, 2010
Unigene Names Alex Martin VP Business Development and Head of Commercial OperationsBOONTON, N.J.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)-- Unigene Laboratories, Inc. (OTCBB:UGNE.ob ), a leader in the design, delivery, manufacture and development of peptide-based therapeutics, announced today the appointment of Alex Martin to the newly created position of Vice President of Business Development and Head of Commercial Operations. Mr. Martin will report directly to Unigene’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Ashleigh Palmer.
“Alex brings tremendous expertise to Unigene, with over 20 years of experience in the life sciences, including a strong track record in business development at large and small companies. Alex’s role is the second newly created VP-level position announced by Unigene in the past month and is further testament to Unigene’s commitment to strengthening our leadership and organizational infrastructure,” stated Mr. Palmer. “Unigene is now prepared to accelerate the implementation of our new strategy, which we believe will take us to the next growth platform. This will be accomplished by maximizing the assets in our drug delivery and manufacturing technology business unit, Unigene Biotechnologies, as well as managing and further progressing our advanced clinical-stage partnerships and active preclinical pipeline.”
Mr. Martin said, “I am extremely delighted to join Unigene during this exciting time. The formation of the Unigene Biotechnologies business unit alongside Unigene Therapeutics provides the Company with a great opportunity to reveal its true value to potential partners and other key audiences. I look forward to taking full advantage of the growing therapeutic peptides market to help Unigene realize its goals and establish itself as a partner of choice for peptide drug delivery and therapeutic development.”
Mr. Martin brings to Unigene over 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry, both in large pharmaceutical companies and small, successful start-up ventures. He joins Unigene from Affectis Pharmaceuticals AG, where he most recently served as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Affectis, Mr. Martin was Chief Operating Officer of Intercept Pharmaceuticals, where he was also responsible for business development and finance activities. Earlier, he served as Chief Business Officer and Chief Financial Officer at BioXell. During his tenure at BioXell, Mr. Martin led the company’s business development efforts and took the company public in 2006. He also held management positions of increasing responsibility at Novartis Pharma AG, Medscape and SmithKline Beecham. Mr. Martin received his BA degree from Cornell University and his MBA degree from Harvard Business School.
About Unigene Laboratories, Inc.
Unigene Laboratories, Inc. is a leader in the design, delivery, manufacture and development of peptide-based therapeutics. The Company is building a robust portfolio of proprietary partnerships in this expanding drug class based on its Peptelligence™ platform. Peptelligence encompasses extensive intellectual property covering delivery and manufacturing technologies, unsurpassed research and development expertise, and proprietary know-how representing a genuine distinctive competence. Core Peptelligence assets include proprietary oral and nasal peptide delivery technologies, and proprietary, high-yield, scalable and reproducible E. coli-based manufacturing technologies.
Unigene’s technologies have extensive clinical and partner validation. The Company’s first product to market, Fortical®, a nasal calcitonin product, received FDA approval in 2005 and is marketed in the U.S. by Upsher-Smith for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Pivotal clinical programs include an oral calcitonin licensed to Tarsa Therapeutics, now in Phase 3 testing for the treatment of osteoporosis. Other validating relationships include an oral parathyroid hormone nearing Phase 2 and licensed to GlaxoSmithKline. In addition, Unigene has a manufacturing license agreement with Novartis, which is completing three Phase 3 studies of oral calcitonin for the treatment of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
For more information about Unigene, please visit http://www.unigene.com. For information about Fortical, please visit http://www.fortical.com.
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