DUBLIN and NEW YORK, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Actavis plc (ACT) and Forest Laboratories, Inc. (FRX) today announced that C. David Nicholson, PhD will be appointed Senior Vice President, Actavis Global Brands R&D following the close of Actavis' planned acquisition of Forest. In this role, Dr. Nicholson will lead the global teams focused on developing Actavis' significantly expanded branded R&D portfolio, as well as defining long-term product development strategies and collaborations. Dr. Nicholson will join Actavis effective August 4, 2014 and will report to Robert Stewart, who will become the Chief Operating Officer of Actavis following the close.
"David is a seasoned R&D leader who has transformed organizations into drug development powerhouses," said Brent Saunders, Chief Executive Officer and President at Forest Laboratories. "He brings an exceptional track record spanning more than 30 years in the industry to this critical brand product development position within the new Actavis. His expertise in the development of a diverse portfolio of products including treatments in women's health, psychiatry, cardiovascular, anesthesiology and immunology, matches exceptionally well with our current portfolio, as well as our therapeutic category focus. He also brings expertise in the development of biological products to our organization. David is the ideal leader for our development-focused branded R&D organization, and we look forward to his contributions in maximizing the value of our existing pipeline, while continuing to expand our development portfolio in key therapeutic areas."
"The ability to recruit such an exceptionally talented executive to our combined company demonstrates the breadth and strength of our development portfolio and scientific capacity, and a commitment to our development-focused approach for creating innovative branded pharmaceuticals," said Paul Bisaro, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Actavis. "David's experience working in the U.S., UK, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as leading a team of 2,400 colleagues in sites around the world also gives him a unique understanding of the global clinical and regulatory environment that will help us develop specialty pharmaceuticals not only for the U.S., but also for the expanded global commercial footprint of our combined company. His background will be critical in advancing our near- and mid-term pipeline, including new exclusive product opportunities, as well as defining a robust portfolio of next-generation products."
Prior to his current role as Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President R&D of Bayer Crop Sciences, Dr. Nicholson was the head of R&D at Organon before its acquisition by Schering-Plough. While at Organon, his teams developed an impressive array of specialty pharmaceutical products including Saphris and Remeron in CNS; NuvaRing, Implanon, Elonva and NOMAC/E2 in Women's Health; Bridion and Zemuron in anesthesia; and Arixtra in cardiovascular. Dr. Nicholson's teams also had a pioneering role in the discovery of MK-3475, an immuno-oncology PD1 inhibitor project that is now in phase 3 trials at Merck.
At Bayer Crop Sciences, Dr. Nicholson leads a team of approximately 4,000 scientists globally in the development of next-generation agrochemicals and seeds. Dr. Nicholson also served as the Senior Vice President, Licensing and Knowledge Management at Merck and Senior Vice President, Global Project Management and Drug Safety at Schering-Plough. He began his career at Beecham-Wulfing in Germany.
Dr. Nicholson serves on the Board of Directors of Actinium and Transparency. He earned a PhD in Pharmacology from University of Wales and a BSc in Pharmacology from Manchester University.
Actavis plc (ACT) is a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and biosimilar products. Actavis has global headquarters in Dublin, Ireland and U.S. administrative headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA.
Actavis develops and manufactures generic, brand, branded generic, legacy brands and Over-the-Counter (OTC) pharmaceutical products and has commercial operations in approximately 60 countries. The Company's North American branded pharmaceuticals business is focused principally in the Women's Health, Urology, Gastroenterology and Dermatology therapeutic categories with a strong pipeline of products in various stages of development. Actavis also has a portfolio of five biosimilar products in development in Women's Health and Oncology. Actavis Global Operations has more than 30 manufacturing and distribution facilities around the world, and includes Anda, Inc., a U.S. pharmaceutical product distributor.
For press release and other company information, visit Actavis' Web site at http://www.actavis.com.
Forest Laboratories (FRX) is a leading, fully integrated, specialty pharmaceutical company largely focused on the United States market. Forest markets a portfolio of branded drug products and develops new medicines to treat patients suffering from diseases principally in five therapeutic areas: central nervous system, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and anti-infective. Forest's strategy of acquiring product rights for development and commercialization through licensing, collaborative partnerships and targeted mergers and acquisitions allows Forest to take advantage of attractive late-stage development and commercial opportunities, thereby managing the risks inherent in drug development. In January 2014, Forest acquired Aptalis Pharmaceuticals for $2.9 billion in cash in order to gain access to its GI and Cystic Fibrosis products, including treatments for Ulcerative Proctitis, Duodenal Ulcers, H. Pylori, Anal Fissures, and Pancreatic Insufficiency. In February 2014, Forest and Actavis plc announced an agreement where Forest would be acquired for about $25 billion in cash and stock. The acquisition of Forest by Actavis is contingent upon regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Forest is headquartered in New York, NY. To learn more, visit www.frx.com.
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This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the acquisition of Forest by Actavis, including future financial and operating results, Forest's or Actavis' plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and the expected timing of completion of the transaction. It is important to note that Forest's goals and expectations are not predictions of actual performance. Actual results may differ materially from Forest's current expectations depending upon a number of factors affecting Forest's business, Actavis' business and risks associated with acquisition transactions. These factors include, among others, the inherent uncertainty associated with financial projections; restructuring in connection with, and successful closing of, the acquisition; subsequent integration of the companies and the ability to recognize the anticipated synergies and benefits of the acquisition; the ability to obtain required regulatory approvals for the transaction (including the approval of antitrust authorities necessary to complete the acquisition), the timing of obtaining such approvals and the risk that such approvals may result in the imposition of conditions that could adversely affect the combined company or the expected benefits of the transaction; the risk that a condition to closing of the acquisition may not be satisfied on a timely basis or at all; the failure of the proposed transaction to close for any other reason; risks relating to the value of the Actavis shares to be issued in the transaction; access to available financing (including financing for the acquisition or refinancing of Forest or Actavis debt) on a timely basis and on reasonable terms; the difficulty of predicting FDA approvals, the acceptance and demand for new pharmaceutical products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, the timely development and launch of new products, and the risk factors listed from time to time in Forest Laboratories' Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and any subsequent SEC filings. Forest assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this release to reflect new information or future events or developments.
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