Trevi Therapeutics Announces the Hiring of Key Talent
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trevi Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRVI), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of Haduvio™ (nalbuphine ER) to treat serious neurologically mediated conditions, today announced the appointment of Shashank Rohatagi, Ph.D., as Vice President, Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacokinetics, Farrell Simon, Pharm.D., as Vice President, Head of U.S. Marketing, and Katherine S. Takaki, Ph.D., as Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs. Dr. Rohatagi will be responsible for managing the supportive studies required to seek regulatory approvals as well as all CMC-related activities, and joins Trevi after senior roles at Metrum Research, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and Daiichi Sankyo. Dr. Simon will lead the development and implementation of the commercial strategy for Haduvio, and joins Trevi from Pfizer. Dr. Takaki will oversee Trevi’s global regulatory strategies including interactions with key regulatory authorities and leading any registration efforts for Haduvio, and joins the Company after working at Iterum Therapeutics and Bristol Myers Squibb.
“We are pleased to welcome Shashank, Farrell, and Kathy to our management team as we move forward with Haduvio,” said Jennifer L. Good, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Their extensive backgrounds in various areas of the biopharmaceutical industry should be invaluable to the success of Trevi as we continue to advance Haduvio. We look forward to their insight as we work towards providing treatment to those suffering from serious conditions, such as chronic pruritus in patients with prurigo nodularis and chronic cough in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis which currently have no approved therapies.”
Dr. Rohatagi brings his diverse experience in the pharmaceutical industry and drug development to the Trevi team. As Senior Principal Scientist for Clinical Pharmacology at Metrum Research Group, he was responsible for providing strategic and operational support for clinical pharmacology and regulatory issues across therapeutic areas for various stages of drug development. Prior to that, Dr. Rohatagi was Vice President of Data Sciences at Otsuka managing the group that supported data analytics for all phases of development and regulatory submissions. Dr. Rohatagi holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics and an M.B.A from St. Joseph’s University.
Dr. Simon has a diverse set of experiences he brings to Trevi to develop and execute commercialization plans for Haduvio. His career spans both U.S. and global roles, where he has developed and implemented numerous marketing and sales campaigns to increase internal and external engagement. He is an experienced general manager who has successfully led operating plans for brands of varying size and worked across the lifecycle of products from in-line brands to early commercial development assets. Prior to joining Trevi, Dr. Simon most recently served as Chief ofStaff to the Group President of Biopharma at Pfizer and was a member of the leadership team. In this role he led operations across seven innovative business units, as well as led pan-business unit strategic initiatives. He began his career at Procter & Gamble and holds both an M.B.A. and a Pharm.D. from the University of Florida.
Dr. Takaki joins Trevi with extensive pharmaceutical industry experience in regulatory strategy, global project and team management, and drug discovery. Before becoming part of Trevi, she served as Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs at Iterum Therapeutics where she helped build out the regulatory group to support the company’s regulatory strategy and operations. Prior to that, Dr. Takaki held leadership positions at Bristol Myers Squibb supporting multiple therapeutic areas. She was the global project manager for the team that developed Baraclude for the treatment of hepatitis B and launched it in markets worldwide. Her most recent role at Bristol Myers was Group Director, Head of Regulatory Strategy Marketed Products. She holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
About Trevi Therapeutics, Inc.
Founded in 2011, Trevi Therapeutics is headquartered in New Haven, CT.