LYON, FRANCE--(Marketwired - Aug 31, 2016) - Flamel Technologies (NASDAQ: FLML) today announced that Mark W. Elrod has joined the Company as Vice President, Sales. Mr. Elrod will be responsible for managing sales across all of the Company's commercialized products.
Mike Anderson, Flamel's Chief Executive Officer, remarked, "We are excited to have Mark join us, as he brings an extensive amount of sales training, development and management to the table. He has a strong track record of building and training effective sales teams across a variety of therapeutic areas, which will serve us well once we begin to commercialize our pipeline products. In addition, we have been working on a number of initiatives to strengthen sales of existing products, particularly within our pediatrics segment, and the addition of Mark will be invaluable as we execute our sales strategy and prepare to launch flexichamber® later this year."
Mr. Elrod joins Flamel from Ashfield Healthcare, where he served as the National Training and Marketing Director. Mark began his career at A.H. Robins, and subsequently Wyeth Laboratories, where he spent fifteen years in a variety of senior level sales and marketing roles. In 2002, he joined Kowa Pharmaceuticals America where he served as Senior Vice President, Training and Development, and was responsible for supervising all marketing and sales training activities. Mr. Elrod has a B.S. in Pre-Medicine from Clemson University and B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina.
About Flamel Technologies
Flamel Technologies SA (NASDAQ: FLML) is a specialty pharmaceutical company utilizing its core competencies in formulation development and drug delivery to develop safer and more efficacious pharmaceutical products, addressing unmet medical needs and/or reducing overall healthcare costs. Flamel currently markets three previously Unapproved Marketed Drugs ("UMDs") in the United States, Bloxiverz® (neostigmine methylsulfate injection), Vazculep® (phenylephrine hydrochloride injection), and Akovaz™ (ephedrine sulfate injection). The Company also develops products utilizing its proprietary drug delivery platforms, Micropump® (oral sustained release microparticles platform), along with its tangent technologies, LiquiTime® (a Micropump-derivative platform for liquid oral products) and Trigger Lock™ (a Micropump-derivative platform for abuse-resistant opioids). Additionally, the Company has developed a long acting injectable platform, Medusa™, a hydrogel depot technology, particularly suited to the development of subcutaneously administered formulations. Current applications of Flamel's drug delivery products include sodium oxybate (Micropump®), extended-release of liquid medicines such as ibuprofen and guaifenesin (LiquiTime®, through a license arrangement with Elan Pharma International Limited for the U.S. Over-the-Counter market) and a current study of the delivery of exenatide utilizing the Medusa™ technology. In February 2016, Flamel acquired FSC Pediatrics, a company that markets three pediatric pharmaceutical products -- Cefaclor for oral suspension, indicated for infection, Karbinal™ ER, indicated for allergic rhinitis and AcipHex® Sprinkle™ (rabeprazole sodium) indicated for the treatment of gastroesophageal disease (GERD). FSC also received 510(k) clearance from the FDA in October 2014 for Flexichamber™, a collapsible holding chamber for used in the administration of aerosolized medication using pressurized Metered Dose Inhalers (pMDIs) for the treatment of asthma. The Company is headquartered in Lyon, France and has operations in Dublin, Ireland and in St. Louis, Missouri. Additional information may be found at www.flamel.com.
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