– USA, CA – Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: NBIX) announced today that it has appointed George J. Morrow to its Board of Directors. Mr. Morrow has over three decades of global pharmaceutical commercial operations leadership experience with Amgen, Glaxo Wellcome, and Merck. He was most recently the Executive Vice President, Global Commercial Operations at Amgen.
“We are excited to welcome George Morrow to the Board of Directors,” said William H. Rastetter, Chairman of the Board of Neurocrine Biosciences. “His extensive commercial background and the knowledge and expertise he has gained from leading global pharmaceutical companies will be an invaluable resource as Neurocrine continues its evolution into a commercial organization.”
Mr. Morrow served as Executive Vice President, Global Commercial Operations at Amgen Inc., a global biotechnology company, from 2003 until his retirement in 2011. He joined Amgen in 2001 as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing. His responsibilities included oversight of all commercial functions for Amgen’s broad spectrum of products in more than 50 countries worldwide, and the introduction of multiple new products into global markets. From 1992 to 2001, Mr. Morrow held executive management and commercial positions within several subsidiaries of Glaxo Wellcome, including Group Vice President for Commercial Operations (U.S.), Managing Director (U.K.), and most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Glaxo Wellcome, Inc. (U.S.).
Mr. Morrow currently serves on the board of directors of Otonomy, Inc., a biotechnology company, Vical, Inc., a biotechnology company and Align Technology, Inc., a global medical device company. He has previously served on the boards of Glaxo Wellcome, Inc., Human Genome Sciences, Inc., Safeway, Inc., National Commerce Bank, the John Hopkins School of Public Health, and the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Mr. Morrow holds a B.S. in chemistry from Southampton College, Long Island University, an M.S. in biochemistry from Bryn Mawr College and an M.B.A. from Duke University.
Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. discovers and develops innovative and life-changing pharmaceuticals, in diseases with high unmet medical needs, through its novel R&D platform, focused on neurological and endocrine based diseases and disorders. The Company’s two lead late-stage clinical programs are elagolix, a gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonist for women’s health that is partnered with AbbVie Inc., and NBI-98854, a vesicular monoamine transporter 2 inhibitor for the treatment of movement disorders. Neurocrine intends to maintain certain commercial rights to its VMAT2 inhibitor for evolution into a fully-integrated pharmaceutical company.
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