CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Minerva Neurosciences (NERV), a leader in the development of new therapies to treat neuropsychiatric diseases and disorders, today announced that Mark S. Levine has been appointed vice president and general counsel. In this position, Mr. Levine will be responsible for the company's legal affairs and will report to Rogerio Vivaldi, MD, MBA, Minerva Neurosciences' president and chief executive officer.
Mr. Levine has more than 17 years of experience as a corporate and commercial attorney. His expertise includes contractual matters, mergers & acquisitions, litigation management, and corporate governance and regulatory compliance. He has served in a number of senior legal positions including as assistant general counsel of athenahealth, Inc., a cloud-based service provider to medical practices and health systems. He was also formerly associate general counsel of Clinical Data, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, senior legal counsel of Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc., a renewable energy generating company, and associate general counsel of Xpedior Incorporated, an Internet consulting company. Mr. Levine holds a bachelor of arts degree from Binghamton University, SUNY, and a juris doctor from Washington University in St. Louis.
"As we work to advance our pipeline of novel therapies for the treatment of neuropsychiatric diseases, we are expanding the Minerva team to bring the full range of business and drug development and commercialization expertise we need to continue to build momentum. Mark Levine brings Minerva a wealth of targeted legal experience to support our business development initiatives on all fronts, and he will play a pivotal role in planning and executing our business strategy in the years ahead," said Mr. Vivaldi.
Minerva Neurosciences, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of a portfolio of product candidates to treat neuropsychiatric diseases. The company was incorporated under the name Cyrenaic Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on April 23, 2007. In November 2013, it merged with Sonkei Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and the combined company was renamed Minerva Neurosciences, Inc.
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