Neurogen Corporation Names CEO Successor
BRANFORD, Conn. -- Neurogen Corporation, a small molecule drug discovery and development company, announced today that Stephen R. Davis, previously Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed President, effective immediately. As part of on-going succession planning by Neurogen's Board of Directors, he has also been selected as the eventual successor to William H. Koster, CEO of Neurogen.
The Company also announced that Dr. Stephen Uden has resigned his position as Executive Vice President, Head of R&D, to pursue other interests.
Dr. Koster said, "I'm extremely pleased to announce that Steve Davis is assuming the role of President of Neurogen. He has played key roles in the operations of Neurogen for thirteen years, and his contributions have been central to building the Company. He established, with large pharmaceutical companies, drug discovery and development partnerships valued at over $400 million and has also guided the Company in raising over $200 million in equity financings, as well as providing critical business and marketing perspectives to our scientific decisions. Steve and I continue to work closely together and I am delighted to have him take on his expanded role. Appointing Steve as my eventual successor provides the Company with continuity and strength in its management structure.
"I also want to take this opportunity to thank Steve Uden for his contributions to the Company. Steve has built a strong drug development infrastructure to complement Neurogen's considerable drug discovery capabilities. We wish him the very best with his future ventures."
Mr. Davis has been responsible for the business operations of Neurogen, including the business development, finance, and legal functions of the Company. Prior to joining Neurogen as Chief Financial Officer in 1994, he practiced as a corporate and securities attorney with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy. At Milbank, Mr. Davis focused on transactions which raised capital in public and private markets for established companies, as well as the formation of numerous joint ventures and alliances. He began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co., where he focused on auditing and advising clients in regulated industries.
Mr. Davis holds a B.S. in accounting from Southern Nazarene University and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University.
Neurogen Corporation is a drug discovery and development company focusing on small molecule drugs to improve the lives of patients suffering from disorders with significant unmet medical need, including insomnia, obesity, pain, Parkinson's disease, and restless legs syndrome (RLS). Neurogen conducts its research and development independently and, when advantageous, collaborates with world-class pharmaceutical companies to access additional resources and expertise.
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