BOSTON, Nov. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Albireo Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALBO), a clinical-stage orphan pediatric liver disease company developing novel bile acid modulators, today announced the appointment of Martha J. (Muffy) Carter as Chief Regulatory Officer. In this role, Ms. Carter will oversee all regulatory affairs for Albireo worldwide. "The wealth of regulatory and operational experience Muffy has accumulated during her four decades in the biopharmaceutical industry, including having successfully secured approval for an orphan drug in 36 countries, will be invaluable to Albireo," said Ron Cooper, President and Chief Executive Officer of Albireo. "Muffy will be instrumental in guiding A4250, our lead product candidate in development for the treatment of progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC), through the regulatory processes in the United States and Europe. We are delighted to welcome her to our management team." Most recently, Ms. Carter was Chief Regulatory Officer and Senior Vice President of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused in rare diseases, where she established global regulatory and quality functions and played a key role in bringing JUXTAPID®/LOJUXTA® (lomitapide) for the treatment of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia to market. Prior to Aegerion, Ms. Carter served as Senior Vice President and Chief Regulatory Officer at Proteon Therapeutics and Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at Trine Pharmaceuticals. Earlier in her career, Ms. Carter held various positions of increasing responsibility in regulatory affairs, strategic planning and compliance. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications on regulatory matters and professional ethics. Ms. Carter holds a B.A. in biology from Northeastern University. "I am thrilled to be joining Albireo as we ready A4250 for a potentially pivotal clinical trial in PFIC," said Ms. Carter. "I look forward to supporting the development of A4250 and Albireo's pipeline of bile acid modulators as we work to bring much needed new treatment options to patients suffering from orphan liver diseases and gastrointestinal disorders."