MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALXA) announced today that Peter W. Schineller has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.
Mr. Schineller brings more than twenty years of industry experience directing sales and marketing efforts at multinational pharmaceutical and specialty pharmaceutical companies for numerous diagnostic and therapeutic products. In this newly created role, Mr. Schineller will be responsible for overseeing Alexza's global commercialization efforts and strategies for ADASUVE ®, reporting to Thomas B. King, Alexza's President and Chief Executive Officer.
"With the recent approval of ADASUVE in the US and EU, this is an exciting time to join the talented team at Alexza," said Mr. Schineller. "Alexza is putting in place a number of important launch preparatory activities, and we are focused on having the elements we believe will support a successful commercial launch of ADASUVE in the U.S. and in Europe."
"We are very pleased to welcome Peter to Alexza as a member of our management team. He brings a wealth of commercial experience in many settings and with many products," said Thomas B. King, Alexza President and CEO. "The approvals of ADASUVE in the U.S. and the EU now make ADASUVE a global brand. Peter will lead our commercialization strategies for ADASUVE as we focus on product launches later this year. Moreover, Peter's diverse experience in introducing and promoting healthcare products is a great fit for contributing to Alexza and shaping our product pipeline opportunities."Mr. Schineller was most recently Senior Vice President and General Manager at Ventana Medical Systems, a diagnostic company owned by Roche. From August 2011 to September 2012, Mr. Schineller was a Principal at the Fidelis Consulting Group, providing commercial consulting expertise to the healthcare industry. From July 2010 to July 2011, Mr. Schineller was Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing and Commercial Operations at Genoptix Medical Laboratories, a diagnostic company, which was acquired by Novartis. From July 2008 to July 2010, Mr. Schineller was with Cypress Bioscience, a pharmaceutical company, serving as its Vice President Sales, Diagnostic Marketing and Managed Healthcare from August 2008. From November 2002 to June 2008, Mr. Schineller was Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Verus Pharmaceuticals, and he has also previously held positions at Elan Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Abbott Laboratories, Inc. Prior to entering the healthcare industry, Mr. Schineller served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps where he attained the rank of Captain. Mr. Schineller holds a BA degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.