A.P. Pharma, Inc. (OTCBB: APPA.OB), a specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced the appointment of Robert Rosen to its board of directors.
“We are delighted that Robert has chosen to join the A.P. Pharma board,” stated Kevin C. Tang, A.P. Pharma's chairman of the board. “Robert’s particular expertise in commercializing oncology drugs will be instrumental as we enter the commercialization phase with our lead product, APF530, for the prevention of both acute- and delayed-onset chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.”
Mr. Rosen is managing partner of Scotia Nordic LLC. From 2005 to 2011, he served as global head of oncology at Bayer HealthCare, where he was responsible for the development of the oncology business unit for regions that included the Americas, Europe, Japan, and Asia Pacific. During his tenure at Bayer HealthCare, he led the launch of Nexavar for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma and hepatocellular carcinoma. Nexavar’s worldwide sales in 2011 were $1.0 billion. He also led premarket activities for regorafenib for gastrointestinal stromal tumors and colon cancer and alpharadin for prostate cancer. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Rosen was vice president of the oncology business unit at Sanofi-Synthèlabo, where he was responsible for the development of Sanofi’s U.S. oncology business and the launch of Eloxatin for colon cancer. Eloxatin U.S. sales in 2005, its third full year on the market, were $1.1 billion, ranking it among the industry’s most successful oncology drug launches. Mr. Rosen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeastern University.
“Unfortunately, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting remains a debilitating side effect that can limit the effectiveness of cancer treatment,” stated Mr. Rosen. “I look forward to working with the A.P. Pharma team to help bring APF530, a promising therapeutic option for this condition, to patients worldwide.”A.P. Pharma also announced that it has appointed Kevin C. Tang as chairman of the board, and that Paul Goddard, Ph.D. and Gregory Turnbull have resigned from the board.