NEW YORK, June 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (Nasdaq:TNXP), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on common disorders of the central nervous system, has appointed Ronald R. Notvest, Ph.D. to its newly created position of Senior Vice President, Commercial Planning and Development. Dr. Notvest joins Tonix from Evidec, where he applied his expertise in the commercial assessment and analysis of drug products on behalf of a variety of biopharmaceutical industry clients since founding the firm in 2002. From 1992 to 2002, Dr. Notvest held several commercial management positions at Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals, including Senior Product Manager of Specialty Products Marketing, where he launched and marketed Rapamune® as well as prepared for the launch of Verdia®. As Associate Director for New Products Marketing, he was responsible for the commercial strategy of a portfolio of pharmaceutical products targeting central nervous system, asthma, immunology, cardiovascular, metabolic and endocrine disorders. Prior to 1992, Dr. Notvest held various scientific and management positions at Wyeth-Ayerst Research, including Section Head with responsibility for managing the drug discovery program for excitatory amino acids. Dr. Notvest earned a B.A. in biology from the University of Delaware as well as a Ph.D. in physiology and an M.B.A. in finance from Rutgers University. Dr. Notvest said, "As the pharmaceutical reimbursement landscape continues to evolve, I believe it essential to conduct market research, analysis and planning in tandem with drug development. I look forward to working with the Tonix team to develop commercial strategies for its candidates with the goal of optimizing their value." Seth Lederman, M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tonix, commented, "With a background that combines elements of science and business within the pharmaceutical context, Ron brings a unique set of analytical skills and marketing insights to our company, and we are pleased to have him join Tonix to direct our commercial planning and development activities. Whether we commercialize our prospective products directly or through partners, we expect that Ron's strategic perspective will better position our pharmaceutical assets to broadly address undertreated disorders."