SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., Dec. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (PTCT) today announced the appointment of Emma Reeve and Stephanie Okey to the Company's Board of Directors. Ms. Reeve currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly-traded company, and will enhance the financial expertise of the Board. Ms. Okey most recently served as the Senior Vice President, Head of North America, Rare Diseases and U.S. General Manager, Rare Disease Business Unit at Genzyme and brings decades of experience launching and commercializing rare and orphan disease products.
"We are very pleased to welcome Emma and Stephanie to PTC's Board of Directors," said Stuart W. Peltz, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of PTC Therapeutics. "As PTC continues to launch and commercialize products globally, Emma and Stephanie will provide the global experience and strategic leadership that will be vital to the growth of PTC. Emma's diverse global experience and deep knowledge of financial strategies, such as international reimbursement policies, and Stephanie's extensive rare disease commercial experience will assist in the delivery of therapies to the patients that urgently need them."
Ms. Reeve has over 20 years of global financial experience across pharmaceutical, medical device and bio-pharma companies. As Chief Financial Officer of Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Ms. Reeve ensured the Company was well-capitalized, and oversaw Constellation's initial public offering in July 2018. Prior to Constellation, Ms. Reeve acted as interim Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Controller of Parexel, a global biopharmaceutical services company, where she was responsible for all aspects of finance, investor relations, procurement and facilities, leading a team of over 950 people. Ms. Reeve served as Chief Financial Officer of Inotek Pharmaceuticals from 2005 to 2006 and of Aton Pharma from 2001 to 2003. She held senior finance roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck and Novartis.
Ms. Okey brings nearly three decades of biotech experience, launching and commercializing rare and orphan disease products, as well as large market products. During her time at Genzyme, Ms. Okey oversaw 500 employees and was responsible for six business units: Gaucher Disease and MPS1, Fabry Disease, Pompe and Neuromuscular Diseases, Cardiovascular Diseases, Endocrine Diseases and Leukine and Immunologic Diseases. She has successfully launched 13 therapeutic agents, 9 of which were in the orphan disease space. Ms. Okey is highly knowledgeable about complex approval processes, healthcare stake holder systems and markets. Prior to her 19-year tenure at Genzyme, Ms. Okey held roles at MedImmune, Genentech and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
"I am delighted to join the board of PTC at this exciting time, when the Company has the potential for several global regulatory filings in 2019 including a BLA in AADC," said Ms. Reeve. "PTC is well-positioned to leverage its global footprint and strong financial profile as it drives the development and commercialization of its pipeline of therapeutics for rare disorders."
"PTC is aligned with my personal passion to provide therapies to patients and their families in urgent need of treatments, especially in the rare disease space," said Ms. Okey. "I am excited to add my commercial experience to the existing foundation for growth of PTC and join its distinguished Board."
About PTC Therapeutics, Inc.
PTC is a science-led, global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of clinically-differentiated medicines that provide benefits to patients with rare disorders. Founded 20 years ago, PTC Therapeutics has successfully launched two rare disorder products and has a global commercial footprint. This success is the foundation that drives investment in a robust pipeline of transformative medicines and our mission to provide access to best-in-class treatments for patients who have an unmet medical need.
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