By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Pharma Business Week -- Nuron Biotech Inc., a revenue-generating vaccines and specialty biologics company, announced the election of Dr. Warren D. Cooper, MB, BS, BSc, MPFM to its Board of Directors in addition to the operational roles of interim President and Chief Executive Officer (see also Pharmaceutical Companies).
Warren is a UK-trained physician with over 30 years of experience in the global pharmaceutical industry. Warren was most recently the CEO of Prism Pharmaceuticals, a venture-backed, specialty pharmaceutical company that he led from inception to the sale of the Company to Baxter International in May 2011. His career in the pharmaceutical industry began with Merck and spanned 12 years, initially as a clinical research physician in the UK, then as head of European and subsequently Worldwide Clinical Research Operations for Merck Research Laboratories across all therapeutic areas. Moving to AstraMerck (now AstraZeneca PLC) in a broad clinical development role, he eventually led that company's cardiovascular business division, a role with full business lifecycle leadership from in-licensing through development, to P&L responsibility for sales and marketing. Warren is a member of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom and serves on the Board of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.
Nuron Biotech also announced the appointment of Dr. Daniel Cushing, Ph.D., FCP to Senior Vice President, Research and Development, and the promotion of Kevin Taylor to Chief Business Officer.
Dan will report directly to Warren and is responsible for leading clinical and nonclinical development, medical and regulatory affairs, quality assurance and control, and program management functions. Dan previously worked at Pfizer, Merck, Astra Merck, AstraZeneca and most recently at Prism Pharmaceuticals, where he held senior positions in drug development, medical and regulatory affairs. Dan holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. "Dan has over 20 years of pharmaceutical industry experience with demonstrated commitment to scientific and regulatory excellence" said Warren. "Over his career, Dan has led the successful development, registration and launch of multiple products that still enjoy success in the market. Dan and I have worked closely together in several successful ventures including AstraMerck and Prism Pharmaceuticals and I am confident in his ability to drive prudent decisions that will shape, support and advance Nuron's pipeline and commercial business."
Kevin will continue to report directly to Warren. "Kevin brings over 20 years of experience in corporate and business development in the global pharmaceutical industry supporting both R&D and commercial operations," said Warren. He has experience in out-licensing, in-licensing, restructuring, strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. "Kevin will continue to strengthen the critical business relationships currently in place at Nuron, and is focused on finding and fostering new partnering relationships that are strategically aligned to Nuron's business." Prior to joining Nuron, Kevin was Vice President of Business Development at Cangene Corporation, before which he held a similar role at Adolor Corporation. At Adolor, he led collaborations and partnering initiatives with multinational pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly culminating in the acquisition of Adolor by Cubist Pharmaceuticals.