Michael Austwick Joins Verona Pharma as Non-Executive Director

LONDON and RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 01, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Verona Pharma plc (Nasdaq: VRNA) (“Verona Pharma”) announces Mr. Michael Austwick has today joined the board as a Non-Executive Director.

Mr. Austwick brings a wealth of strategic and operational experience in the biopharmaceutical industry including more than 15 years of respiratory expertise in leadership roles across the US, China, Europe and Japan. Most recently, he served as CEO at Vectura, and previously as Nordic General Manager and Head of the Global Respiratory Franchise at Novartis and as Head of US Respiratory and Vice President Global Inhaled Respiratory at AstraZeneca. Mr. Austwick has led the development and commercialization of more than 10 brands, covering inhaled and biologic assets at a country and global level. He has an MSc in Information Management from the University of Hull and a BSc in Management and Systems from City University, London.

“We are delighted to welcome Michael to the Board,” said Dr. David Ebsworth, Chairperson of Verona Pharma. “His deep respiratory development and commercialization expertise, spanning the full value chain, will add to the breadth of experience of the Board as we prepare for the US launch of ensifentrine, if approved, later this year.”

Verona Pharma also announces that Mr. Rishi Gupta, Partner at OrbiMed, has stepped down from the board as a Non-Executive Director effective January 31, 2024.

Dr. Ebsworth added: “We would like to thank Rishi for his numerous contributions to Verona Pharma’s successful development over the past 7 years. During this time, he has overseen the Company’s listing on NASDAQ, the completion of several financings and the progression of our novel product candidate, ensifentrine, through Phase 3 clinical trials into review for potential US approval.”

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About Verona Pharma

Verona Pharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapies for the treatment of chronic respiratory diseases with significant unmet medical needs. If successfully developed and approved, Verona Pharma’s product candidate, ensifentrine, has the potential to become the first non-steroidal therapy for the treatment of respiratory diseases that combines bronchodilator and anti-inflammatory activities in one molecule. The Company has evaluated nebulized ensifentrine in its Phase 3 clinical program ENHANCE (“Ensifentrine as a Novel inHAled Nebulized COPD thErapy”) for COPD maintenance treatment. Ensifentrine met the primary endpoint in both ENHANCE-1 and ENHANCE-2 trials demonstrating statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvements in lung function. In addition, ensifentrine substantially reduced the rate and risk of COPD exacerbations in pooled analysis from ENHANCE-1 and ENHANCE-2. In the third quarter of 2023, the US Food and Drug Administration accepted for review the Company’s NDA for ensifentrine for the maintenance treatment of patients with COPD and assigned a PDUFA target action date of June 26, 2024. Two additional formulations of ensifentrine have been evaluated in Phase 2 trials for the treatment of COPD: dry powder inhaler (“DPI”) and pressurized metered-dose inhaler (“pMDI”). Ensifentrine has potential applications in cystic fibrosis, non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis, asthma and other respiratory diseases. For more information, please visit www.veronapharma.com

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