ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Synthetic Biologics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: SYN), a developer of biologics focused on the prevention and treatment of serious infectious diseases, announced today that Lewis (Lew) Barrett joined the Company as its Senior Vice President, Commercial Strategy. Mr. Barrett, former Assistant Vice President, Established Products at Pfizer and Vice President Global Business Manager, Infectious Diseases at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, brings his expertise in the development, commercialization and launch of infectious disease product candidates to the Synthetic Biologics' team. As the senior marketing executive, Mr. Barrett successfully led, co-chaired or served on teams that focused on infectious diseases, oncology, transplantation, and hemophilia during his 25-year career at Wyeth (acquired by Pfizer in 2009). He brings to Synthetic Biologics his expertise in U.S. and global strategy, branding, clinical development, medical affairs, supply chain, business development and strategic alliance management. Mr. Barrett was instrumental in building the brand and led global commercialization efforts for Wyeth's in-line IV antibiotic, Zosyn®/Tazocin® (the second IV antibiotic to achieve $1 billion+ in sales), and managed the U.S. launch of Wyeth's broad-spectrum IV antibiotic, Tygacil®. Prior to joining Synthetic Biologics as Senior Vice President, Commercial Strategy, Mr. Barrett served as an advisor to the Company since September 2012. Utilizing his depth of experience in the anti-infective, hospital and biopharma fields, Mr. Barrett provides strategic consultation to the global life sciences field with a particular focus on brand strategy, lifecycle strategy, business development, and strategic communications through LL Barrett Biopharmaceutical Consulting, LLC. Mr. Barrett earned an M.B.A. from Temple University and a B.S. degree in Biology from Stockton State College. "We are pleased to welcome Lew to the Synthetic Biologics' team and expect that his extensive experience in the development and commercialization of anti-infectives will be vital to the Company as we develop SYN-004 for the prevention of C. difficile infections and monoclonal antibody therapies for the treatment of Pertussis and Acinetobacter infections," stated Jeffrey Riley, Chief Executive Officer at Synthetic Biologics. "We recently initiated the manufacturing process for our lead infectious disease candidate, SYN-004, intended to prevent the devastating effects of C. difficile infections, for which there is currently no vaccine or other approved preventive therapy. We look forward to benefiting from Lew's knowledge and big pharma experience for our C. difficile program as well as the other programs in our infectious disease pipeline," concluded Mr. Riley. About Synthetic Biologics, Inc. Synthetic Biologics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: SYN) is a biotechnology company focused on the development of biologics for the prevention and treatment of serious infectious diseases. The Company is developing an oral enzyme for the prevention of C. difficile infections, and a series of monoclonal antibody therapies for the treatment of Pertussis and Acinetobacter infections. In addition, the Company is developing a drug candidate for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and cognitive dysfunction in multiple sclerosis. For more information, please visit Synthetic Biologics' website at www.syntheticbiologics.com. To download Synthetic Biologics' investor relations mobile device app, which allows users access to the Company's SEC documents, press releases and events, please click on the following links to download the IRapp on your iPhone and iPad or your Android mobile device. Zosyn®, Tazocin® and Tygacil® are registered trademarks of Pfizer or its affiliates.