Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOR) has appointed Andrew Hindman as Chief Business Development Officer.
“Business development is a key to Acorda’s growth strategy, and I am delighted that Andrew will lead our efforts to acquire new assets that add to our promising pipeline. Andrew is a highly talented, experienced business leader with an outstanding track record of identifying and completing value-creating strategic transactions,” said Ron Cohen, M.D., Acorda’s President and CEO. “I am looking forward to his contributions to Acorda’s executive leadership team.”
“Acorda is one of the most exciting mid-size biotechnology companies today, and I’m thrilled to be joining at a time when business development is a top priority,” said Andrew Hindman. “Our strong balance sheet and commercial and development expertise make the Company well-positioned to execute on a variety of strategic transactions. I’m looking forward to working with Ron and the executive leadership team as we lead the Company to the next stage of transformation and growth.”
Mr. Hindman has held several senior executive level positions in the biopharmaceutical industry, most recently as President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Tobira Therapeutics, a privately-held biotechnology company. At Tobira, he was responsible for developing a new corporate strategy, building new leadership and operational teams, and raising operating capital. Prior to Tobira, Mr. Hindman held senior corporate development and commercial operating positions at Nodality, Onyx Pharmaceuticals and Gilead Sciences. Mr. Hindman holds a B.A. in biochemistry and economics, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University, and an executive MBA from Columbia University and the University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business.The Company also announced that it has appointed Soon Hyouk Lee as Vice President of Business Development, effective June 2. Mr. Lee has worked as a public and private healthcare investor at several investment organizations, most recently as Vice President at Fred Alger Management, where he analyzed healthcare and therapeutics companies. He has also supported business development efforts at several biopharma companies, including Genentech and Questcor Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Lee holds a B.A. in biological sciences from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.