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Envisia Therapeutics Announces Appointments to Board of Directors
|By Business Wire
|July 30, 2014 10:39 AM EDT
Envisia Therapeutics today announced that it has made two appointments
to the company’s board of directors. Effective immediately, Adrienne
Graves, Ph.D. and Gary Phillips, M.D. will join the board as
“We are extremely honored to have these two respected industry leaders
join the Board of Directors of Envisia early in the lifecycle of our
company, which we believe is paving the way for a potentially
transformative line of innovative ocular therapeutics,” said Neal
Fowler, Chief Executive Officer of Envisia Therapeutics. “Both
appointments bring invaluable perspective and insights that are greatly
complementary to that of our existing board, forming a team that will
collectively help us position Envisia as a leader in developing
cutting-edge solutions for the ophthalmology community.”
A global thought leader in ophthalmology, Dr. Adrienne Graves currently
serves as an independent director on a number of corporate boards,
including Akorn, Inc.; TearLab Corporation; Aerpio Therapeutics; and
Encore Vision. She is also a director on a number of
ophthalmology-related foundation boards, including the American Society
of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation, Glaucoma Research
Foundation (GRF), American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Foundation
(Emeritus), Himalayan Cataract Project, and KeepYourSight Foundation.
Dr. Graves also cofounded Glaucoma 360 (Glaucoma Research Foundation)
and Ophthalmic Women Leaders (OWL). Additionally, she serves on the
Corporation Committee for the Brown University Medical School and the
Advisory Board for Amach Capital Partners.
“Much progress has been made in the field of ophthalmology; however, the
rate of preventable vision loss and blindness continues to rise and
underscores the near-term need for truly innovative ocular therapies,”
said Adrienne Graves, Ph.D. “Envisia’s application of the PRINT®
technology to address unmet needs in ophthalmology could have a profound
impact on our ability to reduce the rate of preventable vision loss, and
I look forward to working with the company on its efforts to achieve
this worthy goal.”
Dr. Graves was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Santen
USA, a division of Santen Co. Ltd., Japan’s largest ophthalmic
pharmaceutical company. She started her successful career with Santen
USA in 1995 as Vice President of Clinical Affairs with responsibility
for initiating the company’s U.S. clinical program, which included the
approval of three New Drug Applications. Prior to joining Santen, she
spent nine years with Alcon Laboratories, Inc., beginning as a Senior
Scientist and then advancing into various roles, including Director of
International Ophthalmology. Dr. Graves received her AB in Psychology
with honors from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Psychobiology from
the University of Michigan, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship
in visual neuroscience at the University of Paris.
Dr. Gary Phillips has more than 20 years’ experience in strategy,
business development and licensing, commercial operations, business
analytics, and clinical medicine in the pharmaceutical and healthcare
industries. He is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy
Officer at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.
“The ophthalmology market is attractive and highly concentrated among a
few competitors; therefore, new entrants must be clearly differentiated
through improved technologies that deliver marked improvement in patient
outcomes while reducing the cost burden on patients and the healthcare
system,” said Gary Phillips, M.D. “Through its unique combination of
talent, technology, and vision, Envisia is well positioned to compete in
this market, and I look forward to working with the company’s board and
management team toward the goal of maximizing its potential in the years
Before joining Mallinckrodt, Dr. Phillips served as Head of Global
Health and Healthcare Industries at the World Economic Forum in Geneva,
Switzerland. Previously, he was President of Reckitt Benckiser
Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and held the dual roles of President, U.S.
Surgical and Pharmaceuticals and Global Head of Pharmaceuticals at
Bausch & Lomb Incorporated. He has also held executive roles at Merck
Serono, Novartis, and Wyeth (now Pfizer) and served as a healthcare
strategy management consultant at Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson) and
as a medical officer with the United States Navy. Dr. Phillips attended
the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a medical degree from
the School of Medicine, an MBA from the Wharton School, and a Bachelor’s
degree summa cum laude in biochemistry from the College of Arts
and Sciences. He completed his postgraduate medical education at Naval
Medical Center San Diego.
ABOUT ENVISIA THERAPEUTICS™
Envisia Therapeutics, formed by Liquidia Technologies in 2013, is a
privately-held biotechnology company focused on the development of novel
ocular therapies. Envisia is leveraging the unique and powerful
properties of the PRINT® technology to develop therapies for a variety
of ocular conditions, beginning with ENV515 for glaucoma. ENV515 is a
novel, implantable extended-release formulation of travoprost (a
marketed prostaglandin analogue) that has the potential to significantly
limit disease progression and vision loss through improved product
performance and patient compliance. Envisia is located in Research
Triangle Park, North Carolina. For more information, please visit www.envisiatherapeutics.com.
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