FOSTER CITY, CA--(Marketwire - March 22, 2013) - SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCLN) today announced the appointment of Hong Zhao as Chief Executive Officer, China Operations. Mr. Zhao is an accomplished, respected pharmaceutical industry executive with more than 20 years of experience in leading the commercial operations, market expansion and growth of multi-national companies in China.
"Hong Zhao is a skilled executive with proven ability to exceed aggressive performance goals, deliver strong top and bottom-line performance, manage and inspire effective sales organizations, establish productive relationships with industry partners and implement innovative and effective corporate strategies," said Friedhelm Blobel, Ph.D., SciClone Chief Executive Officer. "Throughout his career, he has demonstrated the ability to bring new ways of thinking into his companies, implement effective sales force management strategies, incentives and performance measures, align organizations toward growth and leverage the full potential of individuals and teams. SciClone's board of directors and management team join me in welcoming Hong to our Company. We look forward to working together to lead SciClone to its next level of performance in China."
"I believe that SciClone has significant potential to enhance its stature and reputation as a growth-focused mid-size pharmaceutical company with a high quality, differentiated marketed product portfolio, led by ZADAXIN®, one of the most respected brands among patients and physicians in China," said Mr. Zhao. "I look forward to working with Friedhelm and the talented SciClone team to build a consistently top-performing commercial organization, strengthen our focus on ensuring compliance and integrity throughout our operations and continue to deliver value to all of our stakeholders."
Mr. Zhao joins SciClone from Simcere Pharmaceutical Group, a leading pharmaceutical company specializing in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of branded and proprietary pharmaceuticals in China, where he served as Executive Vice President, responsible for all business operations, including leading a sizeable sales team and managing multiple business units, and had direct reporting responsibility for medical affairs, market access, marketing and sales operations, training and personnel development. Prior to Simcere, he held positions of increasing seniority at Novartis China, from Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Director, Vice President, Senior Vice President of Novartis Greater China and General Manager of Novartis Shanghai. Mr. Zhao also served with Xi'an Janssen Pharmaceutical, where he rose quickly from Medical Representative to District Sales Manager. Earlier in his career he served as a lecturer and tutor at Nanjing Medical College. Mr. Zhao earned a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Nanjing Medical College and an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from China European International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. He is fluent in Mandarin and in English.
SciClone Pharmaceuticals is a US-based, China-focused specialty pharmaceutical company with a product portfolio of therapies for oncology, infectious diseases and cardiovascular, urological, respiratory, and central nervous system disorders. SciClone's ZADAXIN® (thymalfasin) is approved in over 30 countries and may be used for the treatment of hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and certain cancers, and as a vaccine adjuvant, according to the local regulatory approvals. Besides ZADAXIN, SciClone markets about 14 mostly partnered products in China, including Depakine®, the most widely prescribed broad-spectrum anti-convulsant in China; Tritace®, an ACE inhibitor for the treatment of hypertension; Stilnox®, a leading hypnotic for the short-term treatment of insomnia (marketed as Ambien® in the US); and Aggrastat®, a recently-launched interventional cardiology product. SciClone is also pursuing the registration of several other therapeutic products in China. SciClone is headquartered in Foster City, California. For additional information, please visit www.sciclone.com.
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Ambien, Depakine, Stilnox and Tritace are registered trademarks of Sanofi and/or its affiliates.
Aggrastat is a registered trademark of Medicure International Inc. in the United States, and Iroko Cardio LLC in numerous other countries.
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