DURHAM, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI), an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of patients with open-angle glaucoma, retinal diseases and other diseases of the eye today announced the appointment of David A. Hollander, M.D., M.B.A., as Chief Research & Development Officer, an executive officer position reporting to Vicente Anido, Jr., Ph.D., Aerie’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Hollander will commence his employment at Aerie on November 11, 2019 and will direct the Company’s preclinical and clinical research and development groups, as well as medical and professional affairs. He was most recently Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President at Ora, Inc.
Dr. Hollander brings outstanding credentials and an impressive track record to Aerie. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Stanford University, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School. His post-doctoral training included an internship in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a residency in ophthalmology at UCSF, and a fellowship in cornea, external-ocular disease and refractive surgery at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. He began his career on faculty at Jules Stein and served as Assistant Chief of Ophthalmology at the Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center. He then spent a decade at Allergan where his leadership roles included Head of EyeCare for Global Medical Affairs, as well as VP and Therapeutic Area Head of Anterior Segment Clinical Development. During this time, he was able to continue to see patients and teach residents in the operating room and clinic as an ophthalmologist. He is an author on more than 75 peer-reviewed publications, has given more than 100 presentations nationally and internationally, and holds multiple patents.
Casey Kopczynski, Aerie’s Chief Scientific Officer, will retain his focus on innovation strategy, leading the newly formed Science and Technology Group including Aerie’s ophthalmic sustained-delivery implant platform, new product opportunities and acquisitions that expand Aerie’s pipeline, as well as representing Aerie at global medical and scientific meetings.
“We are very excited to have David Hollander join our executive team. His extensive clinical and R&D background as well as his global industry experience will be a significant asset to the Company as we expand Rhopressa® and Rocklatan® globally as well as advance our ophthalmology pipeline,” said Vicente Anido, Jr., Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Aerie.
Dr. Hollander added, “Aerie has already demonstrated its ability to grow into a major ophthalmic pharmaceutical company with the successful launches of Rhopressa® and Rocklatan®. I look forward to joining the team and contributing to its future growth.”
In connection with his acceptance as Chief Research & Development Officer of the Company, Dr. Hollander will receive awards totaling 110,000 stock options and 25,000 shares of restricted stock. The stock options will vest over 4 years, with 25% vesting on the first anniversary of the hire date and the remainder vesting ratably on each of the subsequent 36 monthly anniversaries of the hire date; the restricted stock will vest over a period of 4 years in four equal annual installments on each anniversary of the hire date. This award was made outside of Aerie’s stockholder-approved equity incentive plan and was approved by the Company’s independent directors as an inducement material to Dr. Hollander entering into employment with the Company in reliance on NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4), which requires this public announcement.
About Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aerie is an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of patients with open-angle glaucoma, retinal diseases and other diseases of the eye. Aerie’s first product, Rhopressa® (netarsudil ophthalmic solution) 0.02%, a once-daily eye drop approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the reduction of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, was launched in the United States in April 2018. In clinical trials of Rhopressa®, the most common adverse reactions were conjunctival hyperemia, corneal verticillata, instillation site pain, and conjunctival hemorrhage. More information about Rhopressa®, including the product label, is available at www.rhopressa.com. Aerie’s second product for the reduction of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, Rocklatan® (netarsudil and latanoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.02%/0.005%, the first and only fixed-dose combination of Rhopressa® and the widely-prescribed PGA (prostaglandin analog) latanoprost, has been approved by the FDA and is now available in the United States. In clinical trials of Rocklatan®, the most common adverse reactions were conjunctival hyperemia, corneal verticillata, instillation site pain, and conjunctival hemorrhage. More information about Rocklatan®, including the product label, is available at www.rocklatan.com. Aerie continues to focus on global expansion and the development of additional product candidates and technologies in ophthalmology, including for wet age-related macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema. More information is available at www.aeriepharma.com.
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