QLT Names Joseph L. Turner to the Board of Directors
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 22, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLT Inc. (Nasdaq:QLTI) (TSX:QLT) ("QLT" or the "Company") today announced the appointment of Mr. Joseph L. Turner to the Company's Board of Directors and Audit and Risk Committee, effective February 18, 2010.
Mr. Turner has over 25 years of experience as a financial manager in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, including 14 years as a Chief Financial Officer. Most recently he served as Chief Financial Officer at Myogen, Inc., which he joined in 1999, remaining until it was acquired by Gilead Sciences in 2006. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer at Centaur Pharmaceuticals and Vice President, Finance and Administration at Cortech, Inc. Mr. Turner began his career at Eli Lilly and Company, where he served for 12 years in various financial positions. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sequel Pharmaceuticals, Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, and ApopLogic, Inc. Previously, Mr. Turner served on boards at SGX Pharmaceuticals and NovaCardia, Inc., prior to the sales of these companies in 2008 and 2007, respectively.
"Joe brings extensive business knowledge from his years in finance at various companies within the biotech industry, and we are pleased to welcome him to our board," said Boyd Clarke, QLT's Chairman of the Board. "We believe his impressive background of financial and strategic skills will help strengthen our position in the ophthalmology space. We look forward to capitalizing on Joe's experience in order to benefit QLT."
Mr. Turner received an M.B.A. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Molecular Biology from University of Colorado, and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.
QLT Inc. is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for the eye. We are focused on our commercial product Visudyne(R) for the treatment of wet-AMD, and the development of drugs to be delivered in our proprietary punctal plug devices. For more information, visit our website at www.qltinc.com.
Visudyne(R) is a registered trademark of Novartis AG.
QLT Inc. is listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the trading symbol "QLTI" and on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "QLT."
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