WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., May 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In its relentless pursuit to develop medications that will address the entire scope of Alzheimer's disease (AD), Eisai Inc., the U.S. pharmaceutical subsidiary of Eisai Co., Ltd., today announced the continued expansion of its AD business with the immediate appointments of two renowned experts in the neuroscience field. Dr. Harald Hampel joins the company as Vice President, Global Medical Affairs. Dr. Michael Irizarry has been named Vice President, Clinical Research. Both executives will work on advancing the company's extensive pipeline of Alzheimer's disease and dementia compounds.
"The additions of Dr. Hampel and Dr. Irizarry are a very important step as Eisai continues to break through in its quest to develop the first disease-modifying therapy for patients with Alzheimer's disease," said Lynn Kramer, Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Medical Officer, Neurology Business Group at Eisai. "Every day, the number of patients diagnosed with AD and dementia continues to grow with little hope for them, their caregivers and families. Through the efforts of our talented employees and our commitment to our human health care mission, we are confident that we can someday offer a complete treatment regimen that is preventative, pre-emptive, restorative and regenerative."
Dr. Hampel will be responsible for creating and overseeing the company's global AD/dementia medical strategies. He will also oversee investigator-initiated trials, Phase IIIb/IV projects, and the company's continued medical education and medical information programs. Dr. Hampel, who has 25 years clinical trial experience in AD and related neurodegenerative diseases, has published over 600 scientific publications and has won multiple awards for his research. His extensive areas of study have pioneered the field of precision medicine for AD using systems theory and innovative data science. The founding director of the Alzheimer Memorial Center at the University of Munich in 1997, Dr. Hampel most recently served as full Professor and Excellence Chair, Scientific Director at the Institute for Memory and Alzheimer's Disease, European Center of Excellence in Neurodegenerative Disease at Sorbonne University in Paris, France. He obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Munich and holds a M.A. in Hospital Administration from the University of Cologne and a M.A. degree from Trinity College, University of Dublin.
"I am delighted to join the outstanding global Eisai effort to discover and develop innovative therapies for Alzheimer's disease, with the ultimate goal to help patients, caregivers and family members all over the world who suffer from this debilitating central nervous system disease," said Dr. Hampel.
Dr. Irizarry, who joined Eisai in 2018 as Vice President, Clinical Research for the company's Epilepsy and Sleep/Wake therapeutic areas, will assume a new role with responsibility for the clinical development and overall strategy of the company's AD-related neurosciences portfolio. After spending 12 years as a researcher at the Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Dr. Irizarry moved to the pharmaceutical industry in 2006, where he has held leadership positions in the neuroscience area at Eli Lilly and in epidemiology at GlaxoSmithKline. He earned undergraduate and medical degrees from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his neurology residency and Memory Disorders Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.
"I am excited to work with the groundbreaking researchers at Eisai to advance the Alzheimer's portfolio towards bringing urgently needed, transformative symptomatic and disease-modifying therapies to patients," said Dr. Irizarry.
Over the past three decades, Eisai has been at the forefront of research and development as well as the advancement of treatments for AD and dementia. The company's comprehensive investigational dementia pipeline includes disease modification and prevention compounds spanning the continuum of dementia: Amyloid, Tau, Neurodegeneration and Neuroinflammation (ATN). To learn more about Eisai's exciting pipeline, please visit www.eisai.com.
About Eisai Inc.
At Eisai Inc., human health care (hhc) is our goal. We give our first thoughts to patients and their families, and helping to increase the benefits health care provides. As the U.S. pharmaceutical subsidiary of Tokyo-based Eisai Co., Ltd., we have a passionate commitment to patient care that is the driving force behind our efforts to discover and develop innovative therapies to help address unmet medical needs.
Eisai is a fully integrated pharmaceutical business that operates in two global business groups: oncology and neurology (dementia-related diseases and neurodegenerative diseases). Our U.S. headquarters, commercial and clinical development organizations are located in New Jersey; our discovery labs are in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania; and our global demand chain organization resides in Maryland and North Carolina. To learn more about Eisai Inc., please visit us at www.eisai.com/US.
About Eisai Co., Ltd.
Eisai Co., Ltd. is a leading global research and development-based pharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan. We define our corporate mission as "giving first thought to patients and their families and to increasing the benefits health care provides," which we call our human health care (hhc) philosophy. With over 10,000 employees working across our global network of R&D facilities, manufacturing sites, and marketing subsidiaries, we strive to realize our hhc philosophy by delivering innovative products in various therapeutic areas with high unmet medical needs, including Neurology and Oncology.
Furthermore, we invest and participate in several partnership-based initiatives to improve access to medicines in developing and emerging countries.
For more information about Eisai Co., Ltd., please visit www.eisai.com.
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