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News Release - October 25, 2011
Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Appoints Craig E. Fraser as President, U.S.Company Continues Expansion in Anticipation of Commercial Launch of Lomitapide
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 25, 2011 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AEGR ), an emerging biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat severe lipid disorders, announced the appointment of Craig E. Fraser as President, U.S.
Mr. Fraser was most recently Vice President, Global Disease Areas at Pfizer Inc. responsible for the commercial development and global marketing for the Specialty Cardiovascular, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal, Gastrointestinal and Anti-Viral disease areas, where he managed a portfolio of six products totaling over three billion dollars in revenue and multiple new products in development. He was charged with establishing the company's future specialty cardiovascular business including commercial inputs for the rare disease lipid market.
Prior to Pfizer, Mr. Fraser was Vice President and Global Business Manager at Wyeth, where he led the institutional/infectious disease business. Before that, Mr. Fraser held several commercial positions at Johnson & Johnson, most recently as Vice President, Commercial Operations and Oncology Sales and Marketing. Previously, he was Gastroenterology Franchise lead as well as National Sales Director of the Immunology and Cardiovascular business units at Centocor, a start-up biotech and diagnostic company focused on monoclonal antibody-based technology.
"Craig joins Aegerion at a critical time, as we plan for the anticipated approval and launch of lomitapide in 2012," said Chief Executive Officer Marc D. Beer. "His experience managing the commercial development of a broad array of products in major global companies, specifically in the cardiovascular and highly specialized disease areas, ideally positions him as the lead of our U.S. commercial team. Craig has the proven ability to facilitate a successful launch and grow revenues effectively, and we eagerly welcome him to our growing management team."
About Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AEGR ) is an emerging biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat severe lipid disorders. The Company's lead product, lomitapide, is in Phase III clinical development. Lomitapide is initially being developed to treat patients with a rare genetic lipid disorder called homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, or HoFH. The Company also plans to initiate a clinical program for lomitapide to treat patients with a severe genetic form of hypertriglyceridemia called familial chylomicronemia (FC).
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