KANSAS CITY, Kan. and BOSTON, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETX), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the licensing, development and commercialization of innovative medications for pets, today announced that it has appointed Craig Tooman to the position of Chief Financial Officer and named John C. Ayres as its General Counsel. Louise Mawhinney, former CFO of Aratana, will remain with the company.
Steven St. Peter, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Aratana Therapeutics stated, "Aratana has grown considerably over the past year, having successfully completed our initial public offering in June and now, with the acquisition of Vet Therapeutics, becoming a commercial company. The appointments of Craig Tooman and John Ayres, both highly experienced commercial biopharmaceutical executives, will substantially enhance our strategy to establish Aratana as the industry leader in pet therapeutics. I'm extremely pleased to welcome Craig and John to our executive team and look forward to benefitting from their depth of knowledge and strategic vision."
A seasoned pharmaceutical executive with more than 20 years of industry experience, Mr. Tooman is widely versed in international finance, sales, market research, business intelligence, corporate strategy, M&A and investor relations. Immediately prior to his joining the executive team, Mr. Tooman had served as a Director and Chairman of Aratana's Audit Committee; he served as a member of the Board of Directors from March 2012 until his appointment as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Tooman will also transition from his current position of CEO of Avanzar Medical, Inc., an oncology company, to focus on Aratana.
Previously, Mr. Tooman held executive positions at large pharmaceutical companies, including Pharmacia and Upjohn, and served as the CFO of Enzon Pharmaceuticals and Ikaria. While at ILEX Oncology, Mr. Tooman was a member of the executive team and was instrumental in transitioning the company from a CRO into a proprietary business responsible for developing successful oncology products. This strategic transformation ultimately led to ILEX being sold to Genzyme Corporation for $1.1 billion.
Mr. Ayres joins Aratana from Amgen Inc. where he served as a member of the Corporate and Securities Law group for the world's largest independent biotechnology company. Within Amgen, Mr. Ayres advised the company's finance, human resources, investor relations and corporate communications groups. Prior to Amgen, Mr. Ayres was an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP where he specialized in public company counsel, including SEC compliance, initial public and follow-on stock offerings and mergers and acquisitions.
About Aratana Therapeutics
Aratana Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the licensing, development and commercialization of innovative medications for pets, or pet therapeutics. Aratana believes that it can leverage the investment in the human biopharmaceutical industry to bring therapeutics to pets in a capital and time efficient manner. Aratana's strategy is to in-license proprietary compounds from human biopharmaceutical companies and to develop these product candidates into therapeutics specifically for use in pets. Aratana believes the development and commercialization of these therapeutics will permit veterinarians and pet owners to manage pets' medical needs safely and effectively, resulting in longer and improved quality of life for pets. For more information, please visit www.aratana.com.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the company becoming a commercial company; the appointments of Messrs. Tooman and Ayres substantially enhancing our strategy to establish Aratana as the industry's leader; the expansion of our commercial infrastructure; expectations regarding development programs, trials, studies, and approval; expectations regarding in-license initiatives; and expectations regarding the company's plans and opportunities.
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