Arena Pharmaceuticals Expands Senior Management Team to Support Commercialization and Medical Affairs
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARNA) today announced the appointments of Robert Lisicki as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, and Paul K. Audhya, MD, MBA, as Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs. Mr. Lisicki will report to Amit D. Munshi, Arena's President and Chief Executive Officer, and Dr. Audhya will report to Preston Klassen, MD, M.H.S., Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer. With these hires, Arena will be expanding its footprint into the Boston area.
"We believe three things are necessary to drive long-term success in a biotechnology organization: best-in-class products, sufficient capital to support the growth plan and a highly-skilled leadership team," said Munshi. "As we continue to strategically scale our team, our objective is to identify individuals with the passion, experience and ability to rapidly advance our business. Given Robert and Paul's extensive expertise in their respective areas of focus, we believe their appointments and the expansion into Boston significantly strengthen our ability to deliver transformational medicines to patients."
Mr. Lisicki brings over 20 years of experience in biopharmaceutical management, sales and marketing to Arena. Mr. Lisicki most recently served as General Manager, Vice President Cardio-Metabolic and Inflammation at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to joining Regeneron, he was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Chief Customer Officer at Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. Prior to Daiichi Sankyo, Mr. Lisicki held several management positions at Amgen Inc., including Vice President and General Manager, responsible for a 700+ person sales force in the U.S. His U.S. leadership experiences included such market shaping products Enbrel and Prolia. During his tenure he also covered several ex-U.S. regions, and worked as an International Franchise Lead running the development and international strategies and business plans across Amgen's portfolio including Nephrology, Cardiology, Bone and Oncology. Prior to joining Amgen, Mr. Lisicki held various sales and marketing positions at Johnson & Johnson Corporation. Mr. Lisicki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany.
Dr. Audhya has over 20 years of clinical development and global medical affairs leadership experience across a range of therapeutic areas and disciplines, including rare disease. Most recently, he was Vice President, Global Strategy and Phase 4, Global Medical Affairs at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he led global launch and lifecycle management planning and implementation for the cystic fibrosis therapies portfolio. Prior to Vertex, Dr. Audhya was Vice President, Medical Affairs at Hospira Inc. (acquired by Pfizer) where he introduced transformational strategies for biosimilars globally and led the successful launch of the first monoclonal biosimilar in the EU. Prior to Hospira, Dr. Audhya held positions of increasing responsibility across all stages of drug development at Reata Pharmaceuticals (where he was Chief Medical Officer), Abbott Laboratories, Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Janssen. Dr. Audhya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University, an MD from New York University School of Medicine, and an MBA from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and has authored numerous abstracts, posters, and more than 25 manuscripts.
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In addition, Arena has several partnerships including with Everest Medicines Limited (ralinepag and etrasimod in Greater China and select Asian countries), Axovant Sciences GmbH (nelotanserin - Phase 2), Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH (undisclosed target - preclinical), Outpost Medicine, LLC (undisclosed target – preclinical), and Eisai Co., Ltd. and Eisai Inc. (BELVIQ® - marketed product).
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