Healthcare Industry News: Roche
News Release - May 3, 2016
Eiger Bio Strengthens Senior Management Team with Announcement of Debra Odink, PhD as Senior Vice President of Technical OperationsPALO ALTO, Calif., May 3, 2016 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. (EIGR), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of targeted therapies for Orphan diseases, announced today the appointment of Debra Odink, PhD as the Company's Senior Vice President of Technical Operations.
"This year, Eiger plans to dose patients in eight different Phase 2 clinical studies in four diverse orphan therapeutic programs across international sites involving two different small molecules, one peptide and one pegylated biologic. We are very pleased to appoint Dr. Odink at this time to lead Technical Operations," said David Cory, President and CEO of Eiger. "Debra's many years of manufacturing and CMC experience, overseeing multiple programs including small molecules and biologics, at large pharmaceutical and start-up biotechnology companies will significantly strengthen our ability to execute."
Dr. Odink added, "Eiger has built a robust pipeline by matching multiple, diverse orphan programs and novel targets with well characterized clinical stage assets. The company has uniquely positioned itself to quickly and efficiently generate proof of concept clinical data in multiple orphan programs and generate value."
Most recently, Dr. Odink was the Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President at Anthera Pharmaceuticals. Previously, she was Vice President of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Product Development at Peninsula Pharmaceuticals, acquired by Johnson and Johnson in 2005. Dr. Odink began her career in industry at Roche including positions as Principal Research Scientist and CMC Leader.
Dr. Odink received a B.S. in Chemistry from California State University, Stanislaus and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis.
Eiger is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to bringing to market novel products for the treatment of rare diseases. The company has built a diverse portfolio of well-characterized product candidates with the potential to address diseases for which the unmet medical need is high, the biology for treatment is clear, and for which an effective therapy is urgently needed.
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