Antares Pharma, Inc. (NYSE Amex:AIS) announced that Mr. Pavan Handa has joined Antares Pharma as Senior Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Handa has over 20 years of business development and venture management experience in the global biopharmaceutical industry with both drug delivery and specialty pharma companies. Throughout his career, he has been associated with significant value creation through strategic alliances, licensing, acquisitions, new business creation, and divestitures.
Previously, Mr. Handa served as Vice President and Head of Business Development and Alliance Management for Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading specialty pharma and drug delivery company. Over a seven year period at Noven, his business development efforts resulted in significant contributions including, the out-licensing of Daytrana (methylphenidate patch for ADHD treatment) to Shire Pharmaceuticals for $150 million, creation of a transdermal drug strategic alliance with P&G Pharmaceuticals (now acquired by Warner Chilcott), acquisition of a specialty pharma company for $135 million, and the sale of Noven to Japan-based Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical for $428 million. Prior to joining Noven, he served as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Portfolio Management at Pharmacologics LLC, a drug development venture capital affiliate of MDS Inc., and held senior business development positions at Enzon Pharmaceuticals and Union Carbide Corporation. He received his MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Cincinnati.
“We are very pleased to have Mr. Handa, a seasoned business development executive, join Antares; he brings a wealth of business development and strategic alliance experience to our executive management team to continue to build a business that is focused on growing and profitable opportunities, particularly in the injectables drug business,” commented Dr. Paul Wotton, President and Chief Executive Officer of Antares.
“I am excited at the prospect of joining the Antares management team at this important juncture in the company’s growth as it transitions from a provider of drug delivery systems to a developer and commercializer of innovative pharmaceutical products. We expect to accomplish this through strategic partnerships, acquisitions, and internal programs. I look forward to contributing to its continued growth and future success,” said Mr. Handa.
About Antares Pharma
Antares Pharma focuses on self-injection delivery products and technologies and topical gel-based pharmaceutical products. The Company's subcutaneous injection technology platforms include VibexTM disposable pressure-assisted auto injectors, ValeoTM/Vision® reusable needle-free injectors, and disposable multi-use pen injectors. In the injector area, Antares Pharma has a multi-product deal with Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, Ltd that includes Tev-Tropin® human growth hormone and a partnership with Ferring Pharmaceuticals. In the gel-based area, the Company's lead product candidate, Anturol®, an oxybutynin ATD™ gel for the treatment of OAB (overactive bladder), is currently under evaluation in a pivotal Phase 3 trial. Antares also has a partnership with BioSante that includes LibiGel® (transdermal testosterone gel) in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of female sexual dysfunction (FSD), and Elestrin (estradiol gel) for the treatment of moderate-to-severe vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause, and currently marketed in the U.S. Antares Pharma has corporate headquarters in Ewing, New Jersey, with subsidiaries performing research, development and product commercialization activities in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Muttenz, Switzerland.
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