VIVUS RECENTLY RECEIVED A POSITIVE RECOMMENDATION SUPPORTING APPROVAL OF THE EUROPEAN VERSION OF STENDRA
VIVUS recently announced that the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion recommending the granting of a marketing authorization in the European Union for SPEDRA™ (avanafil), for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. This positive opinion is another important milestone in the VIVUS regulatory track record and positions us to participate in a large opportunity in the European market. We remain focused on monetizing the value of the STENDRA asset for stockholders, and we are engaged in partnership talks with several companies for commercialization in the U.S. and international markets.
THE VIVUS BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN OUR COMPANY'S FUTURE. THE VIVUS BOARD CONSISTS OF NINE HIGHLY-QUALIFIED DIRECTORS, SEVEN OF WHOM ARE INDEPENDENT AND FOUR OF WHOM WERE APPOINTED WITHIN THE LAST THIRTEEN MONTHS
The VIVUS Board of Directors has played a critical role in our recent progress and in positioning VIVUS with the flexibility to maintain a full range of options to opportunistically maximize value for all of our stockholders. The Board is comprised of proven business leaders who possess a broad range of management, financial, clinical and operational experience, as well as expertise in the biopharmaceutical industry and other areas important to VIVUS. To further accelerate execution of the VIVUS strategy, the Board recently appointed three new highly-qualified independent directors: Robert N. Wilson, chairman of Mevion Medical Systems and former vice chairman of the Board of Directors of Johnson & Johnson; J. Martin Carroll, former senior executive at Boehringer Ingelheim; and Jorge Plutzky, M.D., a leading clinician, researcher and scientist. The VIVUS Board consists of nine highly-qualified directors, seven of whom are independent and four of whom were appointed within the last thirteen months.Mr. Wilson served in several key roles at Johnson & Johnson, including the Executive Committee from 1983 through 2003 and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1988 through 2003. Mr. Wilson played a key role in the rapid growth of the pharmaceutical, device and diagnostic businesses within Johnson & Johnson. He is a highly qualified and experienced professional with proven leadership in the healthcare industry and invaluable expertise in pharmaceutical development, brand building and operations.