AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. , a specialty pharmaceutical company focusing on the development and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of acute pain, announced that Richard F. Afable , M.D., president and CEO of Covenant Health Network, was appointed to the company's board of directors. According to a release, Guy Nohra , co-founder and managing director of venture capital firm Alta Partners , resigned from the board as of December 10 . "As CEO of an integrated healthcare delivery network that includes seven hospitals, Dr. Afable is at the forefront of changing how healthcare is delivered in the US. We are delighted that Rick is going to be able to bring those insights to AcelRx," stated Richard King , president and CEO of AcelRx. "I would also like to thank Guy Nohra for his thoughtful guidance and valuable contributions to our success over the years as we have progressed from a development stage company toward the potential commercialization of Zalviso for the treatment of moderate-to-severe acute pain in the hospital setting." Covenant Health Network, based in Irvine, California , is a non- profit healthcare delivery system formed through the affiliation of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and St. Joseph Health System in 2013. The network includes seven hospitals, a physician network, and more than 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities in southern California . Dr. Afable's prior professional experience includes affiliations with managerial and patient oversight responsibility with Catholic Health East , Preferred Physician Partners, LLC , Catholic Healthcare Partners , and Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine . More information: acelrx.com ((Comments on this story may be sent to email@example.com ))
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