BRISBANE, Calif., March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- InterMune, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITMN) today announced that Jean-Jacques Bienaime, Chief Executive Officer of BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc., and Frank Verwiel, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Aptalis Pharma, have been appointed to InterMune's Board of Directors.
"We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Bienaime and Dr. Verwiel as directors of InterMune. They bring to our board extensive and successful experience in the development and commercialization of specialty products in global markets and have demonstrated success in building valuable companies," said Dan Welch, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of InterMune. "Today's announcement completes the expansion of our board begun in October 2011 with the appointment as a director of Angus C. Russell, Chief Executive Officer of Shire plc. We look forward to benefitting from their talents and experiences and those of our other directors as we execute the launch of Esbriet® in Europe, prepare to launch Esbriet in the U.S. and beyond and advance our other programs focused on pulmonary and orphan fibrotic diseases."
Chief Executive Officer, BioMarin Pharmaceutical
Mr. Bienaime received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in economics from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris.
Frank Verwiel, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Aptalis Pharma
Dr. Verwiel holds a Medical Doctor (M.D.) degree from Erasmus University, Rotterdam in the Netherlands and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau in France.
InterMune is a biotechnology company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative therapies in pulmonology and orphan fibrotic diseases. In pulmonology, InterMune is focused on therapies for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a progressive and fatal lung disease. Pirfenidone, the only medicine approved for IPF anywhere in the world, is approved for marketing by InterMune in the EU as Esbriet® and is currently in a Phase 3 clinical trial in the United States. Pirfenidone is also approved for the treatment of IPF in Japan, where it is marketed by Shionogi & Co. Ltd. under the trade name Pirespa®. InterMune's research programs are focused on the discovery of targeted, small-molecule therapeutics and biomarkers to treat and monitor serious pulmonary and fibrotic diseases. For additional information about InterMune and its R&D pipeline, please visit www.intermune.com.
Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in detail under the heading "Risk Factors" in InterMune's most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 29, 2012 and other periodic reports filed with the SEC, all of which are available via InterMune's web site at www.intermune.com.
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