– CANADA, Toronto – Highland Therapeutics Inc., a privately-held pharmaceutical company that through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ironshore Pharmaceuticals Inc., today announced the appointments of Stephanie Read as President and CEO and Scott Myers as Chair of the Board of Directors along with the additions of Kevin Bain and Ildiko Mehes joining the Board as Independent Directors.
“It is my pleasure to congratulate Ms. Read in her transition from the Board of Directors to President/CEO,” said Scott Myers, recently appointed Chair of the Board. “Ms. Read’s leadership in product development, corporate strategy, business development and specialty care commercialization will be key to driving sustainable growth with JORNAY PM, while enabling diversification into new therapeutic areas. I look forward to working closely with her to create value for patients, our employees and stakeholders.”
Stefan Antonsson, who has been serving as interim CEO will return to his role as an independent director.
About Scott Myers
Mr. Myers is a proven executive who brings nearly three decades of global pharmaceutical and medical technology most recently as CEO of AMAG, sold to Covis Pharmaceuticals, SA in November of 2020. Mr. Myers is a serial CEO, serving as Chairman and CEO of Rainier Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on metastatic bladder cancer that was purchased by Fusion Pharmaceuticals in March of 2020. Before joining Rainier, Mr. Myers served as CEO, President, and director of Cascadian Therapeutics Inc. before its acquisition by SeaGen in March of 2018. Mr. Myers also served as CEO of Aerocrine AB, a medical device company from 2011 to 2015 before its acquisition by Circassia. Mr. Myers is currently an independent director of Selecta Biosciences where he serves as the Chair of the Compensation and Benefits Committee, as well as a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Myers also serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Nomination and Governance committees and is a member of the Audit Committee for Harpoon Therapeutics, a clinical-stage oncology company. Mr. Myers is also Chairman of the Board for Sensorion, SA, a gene therapy company focused on inner ear diseases. Mr. Myers is also Chairman of the Board of Dynavax Technologies, a Hepatitis B vaccine and COVID Adjuvant commercial-stage company.
About Stefan Antonsson
Mr. Antonsson has over 30 years of commercial experience in the pharmaceutical industry, primarily as a senior marketing executive, and he has established a proven track record of contributing to the success of rapidly growing pharmaceutical companies. Stefan was a key member of the Richwood/Shire senior management team and played a leadership role in launching Adderall and developing Adderall XR, acquiring and launching Carbatrol, and initiating the development of Intuniv. Stefan has also held senior marketing positions with Pharmacia and Forest Laboratories and executive positions with Vela Pharmaceuticals and Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals. Stefan has also been involved in several entrepreneurial ventures which successfully developed, licensed, and commercialized CNS products. Stefan also completed a long-term consulting assignment as SVP of Marketing for Supernus Pharmaceuticals where he was part of the senior management team that established the commercial function for the company and successfully launched two anti-epilepsy drugs. Stefan earned his BA from Columbia College and MBA from The Stern School of Business, NYU.
About Kevin Bain
Mr. Bain is currently Chief Corporate Development Officer of Cell Research Corporation, a Singapore-based biologics company. This is a clinical-stage company developing a platform of products using stem cells from the umbilical cord lining membrane. From early 2006 through mid-2020, Kevin worked in the generic pharmaceutical and biosimilar business in companies founded and led by Robert Wessman. Kevin joined Alvogen in August 2009 as CFO, with responsibility for all Finance and Information Technology functions for the global Alvogen business. In November 2015, Kevin moved to a sister company named Alvotech as CFO. He has led several financing rounds, raising more than $1.5 billion in total value. Before joining Alvogen and Alvotech he spent almost four years with Actavis as VP of Finance for the US business of Actavis. From mid-2001 to early 2006, Mr. Bain was VP of Finance with a division of Danaher Corporation. From 1979 to 2001, Mr. Bain held positions of increasing responsibility within the finance organization of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in both Canada and the US, including the VP of Finance for J&J Medical Products. Mr. Bain graduated from the Accounting program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, Canada, and later earned his Certified Management Accountant designation. Kevin is currently a Board member and Chair of the Audit Committee of Akorn Pharmaceuticals, a leading US-based specialty pharmaceuticals company.
About Ildiko Mehes
Ms. Mehes is an advisor to investment management firms, consulting firms, and pharmaceutical companies about a wide range of risks and opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry. She previously spent 12 years at Teva Pharmaceuticals in a variety of business and legal roles including, most recently, SVP and General Counsel. Her areas of responsibility in the U.S. and Canada spanned New Product & Portfolio, R&D, Regulatory Affairs, and Legal Affairs. She has extensive expertise in intellectual property, including related to ADHD drugs, and also has significant pharmaceutical M&A experience. Before Teva, Ildiko was a pharmaceutical patent and commercial litigator. Ildiko is admitted to the Bars of Massachusetts and Ontario, Canada. She is also the recipient of several awards, including the National Post/ ZSA Canadian General Counsel Award for Litigation Management and the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Global Award for Litigation Management. Ildiko holds a B.A. (Honors) in Economics from Queen’s University, a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, both in Canada and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton Business School.
About Stephanie C. Read
In addition to serving as the newly appointed President and CEO, Stephanie will continue to have a seat on the Board of Directors. Ms. Read also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of ALSP Orchid Acquisition Corporation I. Ms. Read’s 24-year biopharmaceutical career spans Global Research and Development, Medical Affairs, Alliance Management, Commercial and Business Development, and Equity Investing. All leadership roles have included driving transformational change within organizations to accelerate top-and bottom-line growth and diversification of company portfolios. Ms. Read’s therapy area expertise includes Psychiatry (inventorship of MYDAYIS), Gastroenterology, Oncology & Pain, Infectious Disease, Immunology, and Rare Diseases. Ms. Read’s industry appointments include the last 6.5 years with CSL as global VP, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, 7.5 years with AstraZeneca/MedImmune in a variety of Medical Affairs, Commercial, and Business Development roles, and over six years with Shire PLC in R&D and Global Medical Affairs (including inventing, developing and launching new treatments for ADHD).
Ms. Read commented, “Highland and its subsidiaries are a rare instance of a privately held company with an exciting commercial product and experiencing rapid growth. I am pleased to join this seasoned executive team who have been successful in developing and launching JORNAY PM. With new capital from our shareholders and fresh perspectives from the new Board, we have the opportunity to continue to develop our products, people, processes and culture as we explore additional populations who may benefit from JORNAY PM.”
Stephanie holds an M.Sc. in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and a B.Sc. in Biology from Virginia Tech.
About Highland Therapeutics Inc.
Highland Therapeutics Inc. is a pharmaceutical company whose mission is to develop and commercialize innovative, patient-centric treatment options. Based in North Carolina, subsidiary Ironshore Pharmaceuticals Inc. is responsible for the sales, marketing, and distribution of pharmaceutical products within the US. Based in Grand Cayman, subsidiary Ironshore Pharmaceuticals & Development, Inc. develops novel therapeutics by leveraging its proprietary drug-delivery technology.
For more information: https://www.highlandtherapeutics.com/
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