Unigene Appoints David Moskowitz as Chief Financial Officer Top-rated equity research veteran and distinguished pharmaceutical industry and Wall Street thought leader to drive Unigene's strategic financial and capital markets efforts
BOONTON, N.J., March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Unigene Laboratories, Inc. (OTCBB: UGNE), today announced the appointment of David Moskowitz, RPh, MBA, to the position of Chief Financial Officer. In this newly created position, Mr. Moskowitz will serve as a member of the company's executive leadership team and lead the strategic direction of Unigene's financial and capital markets activities.
Mr. Moskowitz joins Unigene after spending the previous 13 years as a top-rated equity research analyst covering large-cap pharmaceutical, specialty pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and generic drug companies. Most recently, Mr. Moskowitz served as a senior pharmaceutical analyst for Roth Capital Partners, LLC where he developed research coverage of emerging specialty pharma and biotechnology companies. Mr. Moskowitz received the 2011 StarMine Analyst Award as the top stock picker among U.S. Biotechnology Analysts.
Ashleigh Palmer, President and CEO of Unigene, stated, "We are extremely excited to welcome David to Unigene and look forward to benefiting from his in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical market space, strategic financial perspective, industry and Wall Street network, and strong credibility and reputation within the investment community. In executing Unigene's turnaround strategy, we recognized the appointment of a chief financial officer would be a critical step in accelerating the next phase of our growth and addressing the priority challenge for Unigene in 2012, our substantial debt. Given the profound significance of this new role for Unigene, the person assuming the position must possess superior strategic, analytical and financial capabilities, while having a keen understanding of the numerous dynamics at play within the pharmaceutical industry. I have no doubt whatsoever that David is the individual we have been searching for."
Prior to his position at Roth Capital, Mr. Moskowitz held directorial and senior-level pharmaceutical and healthcare equity analyst positions with Madison Williams & Co., Caris & Co., Friedman Billings Ramsey & Co., UBS Warburg, LLC, and Standard & Poor's.
Mr. Moskowitz remarked, "I have spent the better part of my career analyzing the pharmaceutical industry with a contrarian focus and, in particular, identifying those companies poised to redefine a therapeutic category and market. Having closely followed the Company for almost a year, without question, Unigene represents such an opportunity. Its validated Peptelligence™ oral peptide delivery platform and exciting, late-stage development pipeline have enabled Unigene to carve out a position as the leader in what I believe will be one of the next great patient-treatment and therapeutic breakthroughs – the transition of peptides from injectable to oral delivery."
Moskowitz continued, "While Unigene's current debt position represents a significant hurdle to overcome, I believe this management team has established a track record of delivering results and this has fundamentally transformed the Company. Moving forward, our priorities are clear. It is now up to us as a team to leverage this tremendous progress, address the debt and restructure our balance sheet, unlock the enormous growth potential and shareholder value that resides within Unigene, and fulfill the promise of what I believe to be one of the most compelling companies in the pharmaceutical industry."
Among his numerous career highlights, Mr. Moskowitz served as managing director, co-director of equity research, pharmaceutical analyst for Madison Williams where he helped to build the firm's equity research team, eventually overseeing seven senior analysts and three associates. At Caris & Co., Mr. Moskowitz held the position of senior managing director, director of equity research, pharmaceutical analyst, leading a team of 14 senior analysts and ensuring the quality, frequency and regulatory compliance of the firm's research product. During his tenure at Friedman Billings Ramsey & Co., Mr. Moskowitz played integral roles in strengthening the firm's equity research division, where he expanded the team from three to 12 analysts, and rebuilding its healthcare investment banking practice, growing the unit from zero to 12 employees within a year.
Mr. Moskowitz holds an MBA in Finance/Pharmaceutical Industry Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BS in Pharmacy from Rutgers University. He currently holds Series 7, 24 (Principal), 63, 86, and 87 licenses and is a registered pharmacist.
About Unigene Laboratories, Inc.
Unigene Laboratories, Inc. is a leader in the design, delivery, manufacture and development of peptide-based therapeutics. The Company is building a robust portfolio of proprietary partnerships in this expanding drug class based on its Peptelligence™ platform. Peptelligence™ encompasses extensive intellectual property covering drug delivery and manufacturing technologies, unsurpassed research and development expertise, and proprietary know-how representing a genuine distinctive competence. Core Peptelligence™ assets include proprietary oral and nasal peptide drug delivery technologies, and proprietary, high-yield, scalable and reproducible E. coli-based manufacturing technologies.
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