HAYWARD, Calif., March 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANTH) today announced the appointment of James Pennington, M.D. as interim Chief Medical Officer following the Company's acceptance of Colin Hislop's resignation effective April 1st, 2016.
"Our development programs have progressed extensively during Colin's tenure at Anthera, and during that time, both blisibimod and Sollpura® have advanced into late-stage clinical trials. We thank Colin for his contributions to that development progress and wish him much success in his future endeavors" said Craig Thompson, Anthera's President and Chief Operating Officer. "Jim's long history at Anthera and substantial experience with our clinical programs, combined with his successful regulatory and commercialization experience, will continue to play a pivotal role in keeping our development programs on track for achievement of our milestones in 2016."
Dr. Pennington assumes the position of interim Chief Medical Officer with over 40 years of successful clinical development and commercialization including 14 drug approvals and 10 registration ex-US approvals including both small and large molecule therapeutics.
"Working with the dedicated medical team at Anthera has been gratifying and I am privileged to lead our development efforts as interim Chief Medical Officer," said Dr. Pennington. "As we continue the final stages of our clinical programs, I am confident in our team's ability to bring new treatment options to patients with unmet medical needs."
Dr. Pennington joined Anthera in 2007 as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer and transitioned to Senior Clinical Fellow in 2010. Prior to joining Anthera in 2007, Dr. Pennington served as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of CoTherix where he oversaw the approval of Ventavis®. He previously served as Chief Medical Officer of InterMune as well as in a variety of positions at early stage biotech companies and large global pharmaceutical companies including Alpha Therapeutic Corporation, Shaman Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Corporation. Dr. Pennington spent 12 years as a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty. Dr. Pennington holds a B.A. from the University of Oregon and an M.D. from the University of Oregon Medical School and is Board Certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases.
About Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Anthera Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat serious and life-threatening diseases, including exocrine pancreatic insufficiency due to cystic fibrosis, lupus, lupus with glomerulonephritis, and IgA nephropathy. Additional information on the Company can be found at www.anthera.com.
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