SECAUCUS, N.J. and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AlgoRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Corgentech Inc. today announced that Robert L. Zerbe, M.D. has been proposed as the ninth board member for the combined company. Dr. Zerbe, who has overseen successful clinical development programs for products including Lipitor(R) and Neurontin(R), currently serves as chief executive officer of QuatRx Pharmaceuticals Company.
AlgoRx and Corgentech signed a definitive agreement to merge in late September, and the stockholder vote is expected to be completed in mid- December. Pending approval of the merger, the board of directors of the combined company will be comprised of Richard B. Brewer, Dr. Charles M. Cohen, Thomas J. Colligan, Carter H. Eckert, Dr. Rodney A. Ferguson, John P. McLaughlin, Dr. Arnold L. Oronsky, Dr. Michael F. Powell and Dr. Robert L. Zerbe.
"We expect to have four products in clinical trials in 2006, the most advanced for which we expect to file a New Drug Application (NDA) during 2006, so Dr. Zerbe's extensive background in clinical development and regulatory affairs will be important in terms of guiding Corgentech through our milestones," stated John P. McLaughlin, chief executive officer of Corgentech. "The proposed board represents an excellent combination of business, medical and clinical development expertise, and Bob's set of experiences will be an important complement to the diverse skill sets of the rest of the board of directors."
Robert L. Zerbe, M.D. founded and has served as the chief executive officer of QuatRx Pharmaceuticals Company, a biopharmaceutical company, since December 2000. Dr. Zerbe has extensive experience in regulatory affairs and global clinical development at Eli Lilly (U.S. & U.K.), where he held a variety of research and development positions, including managing director, Lilly Research Center U.K., and vice president of clinical investigation and regulatory affairs. He joined Parke-Davis in 1993, becoming senior vice president of worldwide clinical research and development, during which he oversaw the successful clinical development programs for Lipitor, Neurontin and other key products. Dr. Zerbe earned his medical degree at Indiana University and did post-graduate training in internal medicine, endocrinology and neuroendocrinology at Indiana University and the National Institutes of Mental Health.
AlgoRx is a private, emerging pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing a diversified portfolio of pharmaceutical product candidates to address pain, a large and under-served market. AlgoRx's portfolio of pain management drug candidates includes ALGRX 3268, which has completed Phase 3 clinical trials, ALGRX 4975, which is in Phase 2 clinical trials, and ALGRX 1207, which is soon to enter the clinic. AlgoRx is based in Secaucus, NJ. For more information on the company and its technologies, please visit www.algorx.com.
Corgentech is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics for significant unmet medical needs. Corgentech is based in South San Francisco, CA. For more information on the company and its technologies, please visit www.corgentech.com.
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Corgentech Inc. has filed a registration statement on Form S-4/A, and Corgentech and AlgoRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have filed a related joint proxy statement/prospectus, in connection with the merger transaction involving Corgentech and AlgoRx. Investors and security holders are urged to read the registration statement on Form S-4/A and the related joint proxy statement/prospectus because they contain important information about the merger transaction. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of these documents and other documents filed with the SEC at the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by contacting Corgentech Investor Relations at the email address: email@example.com.
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