Biocryst Pharmaceuticals Strengthens Its Expertise in Clinical Development By Adding Thomas J. Simon, M.D. as Interim Chief Medical Officer
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced Thomas J. Simon, M.D. has joined BioCryst as a consultant and interim Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Simon brings more than 20 years of expertise in global pharmaceutical development to his position at BioCryst.
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"We are very pleased to have Tom join BioCryst at this important time," said Jon P. Stonehouse, President and Chief Executive Officer of BioCryst. "Tom brings a sound knowledge of systematic, worldwide product development from his tenure at Merck & Co. where he was responsible for moving several key products from the clinical development-stage through to marketing approval. As our programs continue to move forward Tom's expertise in product development will be of immeasurable value."
The Company has undertaken a search to find a permanent successor to Dr. Simon.
Most recently, Dr. Simon held the position of Vice President, Clinical and Quantitative Sciences Administration at Merck & Co. with responsibility as Acting Head of Oncology Clinical Research. During his tenure with Merck & Co, Dr. Simon held various senior clinical positions including responsibility for resource allocation and shared services in Clinical and Quantitative Sciences and Vice President, Gastroenterology Clinical Research. Prior to joining Merck & Co., Dr. Simon held senior clinical positions at William H. Rorer, Inc. of Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania and also at Miles Pharmaceuticals of West Haven, Connecticut.
Dr. Simon received his B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University and his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He completed his fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Colorado and received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous clinical and scientific publications and has secured five patents.
Dr. James Alexander will assume the role of Vice President Clinical Development reporting to Dr. Simon.
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a leader in the use of crystallography and structure-based drug design for the development of novel therapeutics to treat cancer, cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune diseases, and viral infections. The company is advancing multiple internal programs toward potential commercialization including forodesine HCl in oncology, BCX-4208 in transplantation and autoimmune diseases and peramivir in seasonal and life- threatening influenza. BioCryst has a worldwide partnership with Roche for the development and commercialization of BCX-4208, and is collaborating with Mundipharma for the development and commercialization of forodesine HCl in markets across Europe, Asia, Australia and certain neighboring countries. In February 2007 BioCryst established a partnership with Shionogi & Co., to develop and commercialize peramivir in Japan. For more information about BioCryst, please visit the company's web site at http://www.biocryst.com.
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