SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 19, 2018--
ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAD), a biopharmaceutical company
focused on the development and commercialization of innovative medicines
to address unmet medical needs in central nervous system (CNS)
disorders, today announced that Austin D. Kim has joined ACADIA as
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. He will report
to Steve Davis, ACADIA’s President and Chief Executive Officer and serve
as a member of the company’s Executive Management Committee.
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Austin D. Kim, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary (Photo: Business Wire)
The company previously announced in February that Glenn F. Baity, who
served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since
2004, would be retiring. Mr. Baity will remain with ACADIA through
completion of a transition period.
“We are delighted to have Austin join the ACADIA team,” said Mr. Davis.
“Austin has a proven record leading corporate legal and governance
activities for global biopharmaceutical companies. His expertise and
leadership track record will be greatly valued as we continue to advance
NUPLAZID® and explore new opportunities for recognizing the
promise of our CNS portfolio and delivering shareholder value.”
From 2006 until 2017, Mr. Kim held several senior legal positions at
Teva Pharmaceuticals, a global specialty pharmaceutical company. At
Teva, Mr. Kim was most recently Vice President and Deputy General
Counsel, Corporate/M&A, handling corporate and securities law matters,
acquisitions and corporate development, capital markets transactions and
corporate governance matters. Before joining Teva, Mr. Kim was Deputy
General Counsel at IVAX Corporation, a global generic pharmaceutical
company, which was acquired by Teva in 2006. Earlier in his career, Mr.
Kim was a senior lawyer at Transamerica Corporation, practiced law at
Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro and clerked for Judge Vaughn Walker of the
United States District Court, Northern District of California. Mr. Kim
received his J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law and his
A.B. in English Literature and Economics from Stanford University.
Mr. Davis added: “I would also like to express my appreciation to Glenn
for his leadership during his many years with ACADIA, beginning when the
company first went public in 2004. His guidance during these formative
years for ACADIA has contributed significantly to the success we have
had as a company and the tremendous value we have provided to patients
affected by CNS disorders.”
About ACADIA Pharmaceuticals
ACADIA is a biopharmaceutical
company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative
medicines to address unmet medical needs in central nervous system
disorders. ACADIA has developed and is commercializing the first and
only medicine approved for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions
associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis. In addition, ACADIA has
ongoing clinical development efforts in additional areas with
significant unmet need including dementia-related psychosis,
schizophrenia inadequate response, schizophrenia-negative symptoms and
major depressive disorder. This press release and further information
about ACADIA can be found at: www.acadia-pharm.com.
About NUPLAZID® (pimavanserin)
is the first FDA-approved treatment for hallucinations and delusions
associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis. NUPLAZID is a
non-dopaminergic, selective serotonin inverse agonist preferentially
targeting 5-HT2A receptors that are thought to play an
important role in Parkinson’s disease psychosis. NUPLAZID is an oral
medicine taken once a day with a recommended dose of 34 mg. ACADIA
discovered and developed this new chemical entity and holds worldwide
rights to develop and commercialize NUPLAZID.
Statements in this press release
that are not strictly historical in nature are forward-looking
statements. These statements include but are not limited to statements
related to advancing NUPLAZID; exploring new opportunities for
recognizing the promise of ACADIA’s CNS portfolio; and delivering
shareholder value. These statements are only predictions based on
current information and expectations and involve a number of risks and
uncertainties. Actual events or results may differ materially from those
projected in any of such statements due to various factors, including
the risks and uncertainties inherent in drug discovery, development,
approval and commercialization, and the fact that past results of
clinical trials may not be indicative of future trial results. For a
discussion of these and other factors, please refer to ACADIA’s annual
report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 as well as
ACADIA’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking
statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. This caution is made
under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements are qualified in
their entirety by this cautionary statement and ACADIA undertakes no
obligation to revise or update this press release to reflect events or
circumstances after the date hereof, except as required by law.
Important Safety Information and Indication for
WARNING: INCREASED MORTALITY IN ELDERLY PATIENTS WITH
Elderly patients with
dementia-related psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an
increased risk of death. NUPLAZID is not approved for the treatment of
patients with dementia-related psychosis unrelated to the hallucinations
and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease psychosis.
NUPLAZID is an atypical antipsychotic indicated for the treatment of
hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease
Contraindication: NUPLAZID is contraindicated in patients with a history
of a hypersensitivity reaction to pimavanserin or any of its components.
Rash, urticaria, and reactions consistent with angioedema (e.g., tongue
swelling, circumoral edema, throat tightness, and dyspnea) have been
QT Interval Prolongation: NUPLAZID prolongs the QT interval. The use of
NUPLAZID should be avoided in patients with known QT prolongation or in
combination with other drugs known to prolong QT interval including
Class 1A antiarrhythmics or Class 3 antiarrhythmics, certain
antipsychotic medications, and certain antibiotics. NUPLAZID should also
be avoided in patients with a history of cardiac arrhythmias, as well as
other circumstances that may increase the risk of the occurrence of
torsade de pointes and/or sudden death, including symptomatic
bradycardia, hypokalemia or hypomagnesemia, and presence of congenital
prolongation of the QT interval.
Adverse Reactions: The most common adverse reactions (≥2% for NUPLAZID
and greater than placebo) were peripheral edema (7% vs 2%), nausea (7%
vs 4%), confusional state (6% vs 3%), hallucination (5% vs 3%),
constipation (4% vs 3%), and gait disturbance (2% vs <1%).
Drug Interactions: Coadministration with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors (e.g.,
ketoconazole) increases NUPLAZID exposure. Reduce NUPLAZID dose to 10 mg
taken orally as one tablet once daily. Coadministration with strong
CYP3A4 inducers may reduce NUPLAZID exposure. Monitor patients for
reduced efficacy and an increase in NUPLAZID dosage may be needed.
Pediatric Use: Safety and efficacy have not been established in
Dosage and Administration: Recommended dose: 34 mg taken orally once
daily, without titration.
NUPLAZID is available as 34 mg capsules, 17 mg tablets and 10 mg tablets.
For additional Important Safety Information, including Boxed WARNING,
please see the full Prescribing Information for NUPLAZID at https://www.nuplazid.com/pdf/NUPLAZID_Prescribing_Information.pdf.
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