Mr. Aselage most recently served as chief executive officer of Retrophin Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company specializing in identifying, developing and delivering life-changing therapies to people living with rare disease, which he joined in 2012.
He has more than 40 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including substantial rare disease, commercial and business development experience. From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Aselage served as executive vice president and chief business officer of BioMarin.
Prior to BioMarin, Mr. Aselage held positions of increasing responsibility at a number of companies, including Bristol Laboratories, Genentech and Sangstat. He currently continues to serve on the board of Retrophin, as chairman of Acer Therapeutics and on the advisory council of the University of Notre Dame Department of Science.
“The success of BioCryst in discovering and developing unique oral compounds for rare diseases has positioned the company with a potentially first-in-class oral medicine approaching commercialization for hereditary angioedema, with several additional and exciting compounds for other rare diseases emerging from the pipeline. I am excited to join BioCryst at such a dynamic time,” Mr. Aselage said.
He replaces Fred Cohen, who has served on the BioCryst board of directors since 2013.
“Steve has a track record of adding exceptional value to rare disease companies with his deep commercial experience and his passion for helping patients with rare diseases and we are thrilled he has chosen to add this expertise to the BioCryst board of directors,” said Robert Ingram, chairman of BioCryst.
“The board would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to Fred for his contributions to the significant progress of the company over many years,” Ingram added.
Mr. Aselage holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Notre Dame.
About BioCryst Pharmaceuticals
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals discovers novel, oral small-molecule medicines that treat rare diseases in which significant unmet medical needs exist and an enzyme plays a key role in the biological pathway of the disease. BioCryst has several ongoing development programs including BCX7353, an oral treatment for hereditary angioedema, galidesivir, a potential treatment for Marburg virus disease and Yellow Fever, and a preclinical program to develop oral ALK-2 inhibitors for the treatment of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. RAPIVAB® (peramivir injection), a viral neuraminidase inhibitor for the treatment of influenza, is BioCryst's first approved product and has received regulatory approval in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and the European Union. Post-marketing commitments for RAPIVAB are ongoing. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.BioCryst.com.
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