ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Appoints Daniel Soland to Board of Directors
SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar. 26, 2015– ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAD), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative medicines that address unmet medical needs in neurological and related central nervous system disorders, today announced that Daniel Soland has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Soland is a seasoned pharmaceutical executive with over 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry.
“Dan brings a tremendous wealth of commercial experience to the Board and his perspective and insight will be welcomed as ACADIA advances NUPLAZID™ towards registration and prepares for the planned launch of NUPLAZID in the United States,” said Leslie L. Iversen, Ph.D., Chairman of ACADIA’s Board of Directors. “In addition to his extensive commercial experience in launching new drugs and life cycle management, he has led manufacturing and quality organizations and has been instrumental in driving growth in the companies he has served.”
Mr. Soland previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ViroPharma starting in 2008 until it was acquired in 2014, and as Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of the Company from 2006 to 2008. During his tenure at ViroPharma, Mr. Soland managed the commercial, manufacturing and quality organizations, helped build the company’s commercial infrastructure in the United States, Europe, and Canada and led the launch of Cinryze®, one of the most successful ultra-orphan drugs in the United States. Mr. Soland served as President, Chiron Vaccines, of Chiron Corporation from 2005 to 2006 and led the growth of the vaccine business to over $1 billion in sales. From 2002 through 2005, Mr. Soland served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Epigenesis Pharmaceuticals. Earlier in his career, Mr. Soland worked for GlaxoSmithKline in increasing roles of responsibility from 1993 to 2002, including as Vice President and Director, Worldwide Marketing Operations, GSK Biologicals. He currently serves on the board of directors of Tarsa Therapeutics and DBV Technologies SA. Mr. Soland earned his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Iowa.
About ACADIA Pharmaceuticals
ACADIA is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative medicines to address unmet medical needs in neurological and related central nervous system disorders. ACADIA has a pipeline of product candidates led by NUPLAZID (pimavanserin), for which we have reported positive Phase III trial results in Parkinson’s disease psychosis and which has the potential to be the first drug approved in the United States for this disorder. Pimavanserin is also in Phase II development for Alzheimer’s disease psychosis and has successfully completed a Phase II trial in schizophrenia. ACADIA also has clinical-stage programs for chronic pain and glaucoma in collaboration with Allergan, Inc. All product candidates are small molecules that emanate from internal discoveries. ACADIA maintains a website at www.acadia-pharm.com to which we regularly post copies of our press releases as well as additional information and through which interested parties can subscribe to receive e-mail alerts.
Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature are forward-looking statements. These statements include but are not limited to statements related to the registration and planned launch of NUPLAZID (pimavanserin) for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease psychosis (PDP); the potential for pimavanserin to be the first drug approved in the United States for PDP, if approved at all; and the progress, timing and results of ACADIA’s drug discovery and development programs, either alone or with a partner, including the progress and expected timing of clinical trials. These statements are only predictions based on current information and expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results may differ materially from those projected in any of such statements due to various factors, including the risks and uncertainties related to those inherent in drug discovery, development, approval, and commercialization, and collaborations with others, and the fact that past results of clinical trials may not be indicative of future trial results. For a discussion of these and other factors, please refer to ACADIA’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 as well as ACADIA’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. This caution is made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement and ACADIA undertakes no obligation to revise or update this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, except as required by law.
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Steve Davis, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Lisa Barthelemy, Director of Investor Relations