—Seasoned Pharmaceutical Executive Elizabeth McKee Anderson Appointed as New Director—
—Donald Hayden, Jr. Steps Down as Chairman After 13 Years of Distinguished Service—
—Chief Executive Officer Will Lewis Elected Chairman of the Board—
—David Brennan Elected Lead Independent Director—
BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Insmed Incorporated (INSM), a global biopharmaceutical company on a mission to transform the lives of patients with serious and rare diseases, today announced several changes to its board of directors.
Elizabeth McKee Anderson has been appointed to Insmed’s board of directors, succeeding Myrtle Potter, who has retired as a member of the board following four years of service to Insmed due to the demands of her current role as Vant Operating Chair for Roivant Pharma, a division of Roivant Sciences. Ms. Anderson brings more than 30 years of leadership in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and vaccines, and a proven record of success in global product launches and portfolio value creation.
“I am excited to join Insmed’s board and bring my extensive strategic marketing and market access experience to the Company as it executes the launch of ARIKAYCE® (amikacin liposome inhalation suspension) and pursues potential regulatory submissions in Europe and Japan,” said Anderson. “I look forward to working with the management team and other board members to advance the Company’s mission of transforming patients’ lives.”
Donald Hayden, Jr. has stepped down as chairman of the board after 13 years of distinguished service and will continue to serve as a director. Will Lewis, Insmed’s president and chief executive officer, succeeds Mr. Hayden as chairman. Mr. Lewis will continue to serve as president and chief executive officer of the Company, positions he has held since 2012. David Brennan, a member of the board of directors since 2014, has been elected lead independent director.
“The changes we announced today enhance the existing talent of our board and position us for Insmed’s promising future. I am very pleased to welcome Liz to our board, where her extensive experience in global commercial strategy and execution will be invaluable as we advance the U.S. launch of ARIKAYCE and continue to evolve into a commercial-stage company,” said Lewis. “I would also like to thank Myrtle for her many contributions to Insmed during her tenure. We wish her well in her future endeavors. Finally, I wish to acknowledge Don’s significant contributions and personally thank him for his mentorship and extraordinary leadership over the past 13 years. Through his work as Chairman, Don has helped us become the company we are today. I look forward to working with David Brennan and the entire board as we collectively write the next chapter of Insmed’s future.”
Ms. Anderson held senior leadership positions at Janssen Pharmaceuticals and other Johnson & Johnson companies between 2003 and her retirement in 2014. She most recently served as Worldwide Vice President, Infectious Disease and Vaccines for Janssen, where she directed the commercial development of an extensive portfolio of antivirals and vaccines, and shaped and executed the business development strategy for that division. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Anderson served as the Vice President and General Manager of Wyeth Lederle Vaccines from 1997 to 2002. She currently serves on the boards of directors of the private companies Aro Biotherapeutics Inc. and Revolution Medicines, and the public companies Bavarian Nordic A/S and Huntsworth PLC. Ms. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland.
Insmed Incorporated is a global biopharmaceutical company on a mission to transform the lives of patients with serious and rare diseases. Insmed’s first commercial product is ARIKAYCE® (amikacin liposome inhalation suspension), which is approved in the United States for the treatment of Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) lung disease as part of a combination antibacterial drug regimen for adult patients with limited or no alternative treatment options. MAC lung disease is a rare and often chronic infection that can cause irreversible lung damage and can be fatal. Insmed's earlier-stage clinical pipeline includes INS1007, a novel oral reversible inhibitor of dipeptidyl peptidase 1 with therapeutic potential in non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis and other inflammatory diseases, and INS1009, an inhaled formulation of a treprostinil prodrug that may offer a differentiated product profile for rare pulmonary disorders, including pulmonary arterial hypertension. For more information, visit www.insmed.com.
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