WAYNE, Pa., July 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Egalet Corporation (Nasdaq:EGLT) ("Egalet") today announced the appointment of Jeffrey M. Dayno, M.D. as chief medical officer (CMO). Dr. Dayno will be responsible for leading Egalet's clinical development programs as well as overseeing the activities in regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance and medical affairs. Dr. Dayno will begin July 31. "We would like to welcome Jeff to our management team at this critical time as we move our lead abuse-deterrent product candidate, Egalet-001, through the final phase of development and plan to file an NDA in the fourth quarter," said Bob Radie, president and CEO. "Jeff's deep global pharmaceutical and medical affairs experience in the neurology and pain areas will be invaluable as we advance our product candidates, develop our medical affairs/education strategies and evolve our commercial organization. We also would like to thank Roland Gerritsen van der Hoop M.D., Ph.D., our acting CMO, for his guidance over the past few years as he transitions to become an advisor to Egalet." Dr. Dayno spent ten years in clinical and academic medicine before moving into the pharmaceutical industry. He most recently served as vice president, global medical affairs, at ViroPharma, a pharmaceutical company which was bought by Shire in 2014, where he was a member of several senior R&D leadership teams. Prior to joining ViroPharma, Dr. Dayno held the position of chief medical officer for Labopharm, Inc., a Canadian biotechnology company, where he oversaw all of the R&D activities and gained valuable experience working in the area of abuse-deterrent opioid product development. Before Labopharm he was the vice president, medical services, at Cephalon where he directed Cephalon's Phase 3B/4 clinical development programs. Dr. Dayno started his career in pharma at Merck & Co., Inc. where he spent seven years in roles of increasing responsibility in the medical and scientific affairs division. In total he has 16 years of experience in pharmaceutical medicine during which time he oversaw and provided strategic guidance to clinical development programs, interacted with regulatory authorities around the world, built and led medical affairs departments and orchestrated the integration of these functions in support of commercial franchises.