Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENTA), a research and development-focused biotechnology company dedicated to creating small molecule drugs for viral infections and liver diseases, today announced the appointment of Lesley Russell, MBChB, MRCPb, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Russell will also serve as a member of Enanta's audit committee and its nominating and corporate governance committee, effective as of January 1, 2017. Dr. Russell has over two decades of clinical, regulatory and drug development expertise in the therapeutic areas of hematology/oncology, neurology, psychiatry, pain and inflammation, respiratory medicine, cardiovascular medicine, virology and stem cell therapy. Throughout her career and under her leadership, she has advanced multiple drug candidates from preclinical development, through the regulatory approval process. "Dr. Russell's appointment to our Board comes at a critical time as we seek to expand and advance our development-stage pipeline," stated Jay R. Luly, Ph.D. President and Chief Executive Officer. "Her expertise in clinical and regulatory development will be invaluable as our programs progress." Dr. Russell currently serves as Chief Medical Officer at Innocoll Holdings, Plsc., a global, specialty pharmaceutical company, where she leads the clinical development programs, and medical and regulatory affairs groups. Prior, she held executive management positions at TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals, where she held the role of Chief Operating Officer from 2013 through 2016, and at Teva Pharmaceuticals, where she was Senior Vice president and Global Head of Research and Development from 2011-2012. At Teva, she led a team of over 1,500 and was responsible for all aspects of global drug development. Earlier in her career, she spent over 10 years at Cephalon, Inc. where she held positions of increasing responsibility from 2000 -2011, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Russell currently serves on the Boards of Directors of AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Endocyte Pharmaceuticals, Inc., public biotechnology companies, and Melmark, Inc., a non-profit organization serving adults and children with severe intellectual and physical disabilities.