ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Appoints Edmund P. Harrigan, M.D., to Board of Directors
SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 30, 2015– ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAD), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative medicines to address unmet medical needs in central nervous system (CNS) disorders, today announced Edmund P. Harrigan, M.D., has joined its Board of Directors. Dr. Harrigan is a board-certified neurologist with 25 years of executive leadership experience in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Safety and Regulatory at Pfizer Inc.
“Ed’s extensive experience with CNS drug development, coupled with his leadership roles in worldwide regulatory and business development operations will be invaluable to ACADIA as we deliver on our vision of building a leading CNS company dedicated to improving the lives of patients through innovative new medicines,” said Leslie L. Iversen, Ph.D., Chairman of ACADIA’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Harrigan’s executive roles at Pfizer span over 18 years and across multiple functions. He served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Safety and Regulatory for Pfizer from 2012 to 2015, where he led a 3,500-person team in 80 countries that was responsible for collecting, interpreting and reporting clinical safety data for more than 600 marketed products, and managed regulatory interactions with global health agencies. Dr. Harrigan’s previous executive leadership roles at Pfizer include serving as Senior Vice President, Head of Worldwide Business Development, Senior Vice President, Head of Worldwide Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, and Vice President, Head of Neuroscience and Ophthalmology. Earlier in his career at Pfizer, Dr. Harrigan served as Vice President of Clinical Development, Therapeutic Area Head, CNS and Pain.
Before entering the pharmaceutical industry in 1990, Dr. Harrigan was a practicing neurologist for seven years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Karuna Pharmaceuticals Inc. Dr. Harrigan earned his B.A. degree in Chemistry from St. Anselm College and holds an M.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Worcester. He also attended the Brain Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.
About ACADIA Pharmaceuticals
ACADIA is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative medicines to address unmet medical needs in central nervous system disorders. ACADIA has a pipeline of product candidates led by NUPLAZID™ (pimavanserin), for which we have submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) in Parkinson’s disease psychosis to the FDA and which has the potential to be the first drug approved in the United States for this condition. The FDA has classified the NUPLAZID NDA as having Priority Review status. 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 glaucoma and, in collaboration with Allergan, Inc., for chronic pain. 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 potential for NUPLAZID (pimavanserin) to be the first drug approved in the United States for Parkinson’s disease psychosis (PDP) and the potential timing of such approval, if approved at all, by the FDA; the benefits to ACADIA of Dr. Harrigan joining its Board of Directors; 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; and the benefits to be derived from ACADIA’s product candidates, including pimavanserin. 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 inherent in drug discovery, development, approval and commercialization, and collaborations with others, and the fact that past results of clinical trials and past regulatory decisions may not be indicative of future trial results or future regulatory decisions, respectively. 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.
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Lisa Barthelemy, Director of Investor Relations