OPKO Health, Inc. (NYSE: OPK) today announced the appointment of Adam Logal as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Additionally, Arie Gutman Ph.D. was appointed Chief Executive Officer of OPKO’s newly created Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient and Chemical Development Division.
Mr. Logal, currently Vice President, Finance, Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer, succeeds Juan F. Rodriguez, who will continue to provide services to OPKO as a consultant while he pursues personal business interests. “Adam has been a key leader in our organization since our inception in 2007. His knowledge of our business, versatility as a finance leader and his strategic insights are valued by leaders across the Company,” said Phillip Frost, M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OPKO. “I am delighted that Adam will continue to help lead the Company through our near term commercial opportunities and help position us for long-term success.”
Dr. Gutman founded FineTech Pharmaceutical Ltd. (“FineTech”), a highly profitable FDA approved business specializing in the development and manufacture of complex active pharmaceutical ingredients which OPKO acquired in December 2011. Under Dr. Gutman’s leadership as its President and CEO, FineTech has partnered with generic pharmaceutical companies initiating several “first to file” paragraph IV opportunities that led to successful launches of specialty generic drugs. With his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of OPKO’s Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient and Chemical Development Division, Dr. Gutman will lead efforts to develop additional chemistry based businesses and also ensure in-house availability of advanced synthetic capabilities for OPKO’s internal drug and diagnostic development programs.
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