DUBLIN and MYSTIC, Conn., Nov. 10, 2010 - Amarin Corporation plc (Nasdaq: AMRN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a focus on cardiovascular disease, today announced that, effective November 10, 2010, Joseph S. Zakrzewski has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Zakrzewski has served as the Chairman of the Board of Amarin since January 2010 and will continue to serve in that capacity.
Mr. Zakrzewski has more than 20 years of industry experience, including significant contributions to Reliant Pharmaceuticals as Chief Operating Officer during the period when Omacor®/Lovaza® was successfully developed, approved, launched, and marketed for reducing very high triglyceride levels, leading to its 2007 acquisition by GlaxoSmithKline. Mr. Zakrzewski, until recently, was Chief Executive Officer of Xcellerex Inc, a private Massachusetts-based biotechnology company. Although Mr. Zakrzewski currently serves on the boards of directors and in other advisory roles for various companies, Amarin is his primary business commitment.
Additionally, John F. Thero has been appointed President of Amarin. Since November 2009, Mr. Thero had been the Company's Chief Financial Officer, a role in which he has been responsible for a significant portion of the Company's operations. Mr. Thero has more than 20 years of senior management experience, including broad responsibilities in finance, business development and commercial operations. Prior to joining Amarin, Mr. Thero was Chief Financial Officer at ViaCell, Inc., where he helped guide the company to its successful sale, and Abiomed, Inc., during its transition from a development-stage company into a commercial entity.
Mr. Colin Stewart, who has been serving as the Company's President and CEO and a director of the Company, resigned effective November 10, 2010 to address personal matters.
In connection with these changes, Mr. Frederick Ahlholm, Vice President Finance, will be the Company's Principal Accounting Officer. Mr. Ahlholm joined Amarin in March 2010 and has approximately 20 years of financial and management experience at public and private companies. He began his professional career at Ernst & Young LLP and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Zakrzewski commented, "This is a very exciting time at Amarin as we move closer to pivotal results from our MARINE and ANCHOR Phase 3 clinical trials. Our R&D team has done an impressive job in advancing Amarin to this stage and their contributions will continue to be essential as we move forward. I look forward to leading Amarin beyond its current clinical trials, including increased focus on commercial opportunities for AMR101. The promotion of John to President reflects both his strong record of performance and his experience in managing later-stage companies like Amarin."
Mr. Thero commented, "I am honored to assume this broader role in working with the Amarin team to create value with Amarin's technology and resources. With potential best-in-class positioning for AMR101 and key clinical milestones approaching, this is an opportunity for increased visibility for Amarin and a time for continued execution. The Company has made tremendous progress over the past year in executing on its mission. Assuming favorable Phase 3 study results for AMR101, we plan to move aggressively forward to an NDA submission while seeking to exploit every opportunity to maximize the potential commercial value of this promising drug, including potentially through collaboration with one or more larger pharmaceutical companies."
AMR101 is ultra pure ethyl icosapentate (ethyl-EPA). Significant scientific and clinical evidence supports the efficacy of ethyl-EPA in reducing triglyceride levels. Near the start of 2010, Amarin initiated two Phase 3 clinical trials to investigate the efficacy of AMR101 in reducing elevated triglyceride levels in two distinct patient populations (the ANCHOR and MARINE trials). As separately reported, patient screening has been completed in both trials with top line results expected for the MARINE trial before the end of 2010 and for the ANCHOR trial in mid-2011.
Amarin Corporation plc is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with expertise in lipid science focused on the treatment of cardiovascular disease. The Company's lead product candidate is AMR101 (ethyl icosapentate), which is presently being investigated in two Phase 3 clinical trials, one for the treatment of patients with very high triglyceride levels and the other for the treatment of patients with high triglycerides with mixed dyslipidemia. Both of these Phase 3 trials are conducted under Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) agreements with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Amarin also has next-generation lipid candidates under evaluation for preclinical development. For more information please visit www.amarincorp.com.
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