VistaGen Therapeutics Announces Appointment of Ann Cunningham as Chief Commercial Officer
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VTGN), a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing a new generation of medicines with the potential to go beyond the current standard of care for anxiety, depression, and other central nervous system (“CNS”) disorders, today announced the appointment of Ann Cunningham as its Chief Commercial Officer. Ms. Cunningham has a proven pharmaceutical commercial track record of more than 25 years delivering sales, marketing, and global life cycle product management expertise in roles across several healthcare markets, including neuropsychiatry and other CNS markets that VistaGen is pursuing. She has been serving on VistaGen’s Board of Directors (“Board”) since January 2019 and will remain a member of the Board.
“Since joining our Board, Ann’s commercial insight, expertise and leadership experience has been tremendously helpful in support of our pre-commercial planning for PH94B, with special emphasis on a broad range of anxiety markets in the U.S. With the near term launch of our Phase 3 clinical development program for PH94B, our investigational product focused on the acute treatment of anxiety in adults with social anxiety disorder, Ann’s appointment as our Chief Commercial Officer adds considerable strength to the world-class team we have assembled across all key functional areas necessary to advance our company through the next phases of our growth,” said Shawn Singh, Chief Executive Officer of VistaGen. “Ann’s many notable accomplishments throughout her distinguished career in the pharmaceutical industry include leading campaigns for prominent neuropsychiatric drug treatments in multiple markets where we believe our investigational products, including PH94B, have therapeutic and commercial potential. As we look to transition from clinical development into a commercial growth mode and steadfastly pursue our mission to create life-changing medicines to improve mental health and well-being, Ann’s leadership will make a difference.”
“Serving on the VistaGen Board has allowed me to gain important insight into the ongoing development of VistaGen’s potentially life-changing CNS product candidates. I am thrilled to expand my role, join the team full time, and lead the company’s commercial efforts. The company’s innovative fast-acting, new generation CNS drug candidates have exciting potential in large markets where millions of individuals need novel products that are safe and effective alternatives to current treatments,” said Cunningham. “As VistaGen progresses its late-stage product candidates, I am excited to ensure that the company will be well prpared and strategically positioned to build brand awareness for our lead product candidate, PH94B, and to accelerate its adoption, as well as that of our other pipeline products, once approved, across these large target markets.”
Most recently, Ms. Cunningham served as Managing Partner of i3 Strategy Partners, where she guided pharmaceutical and biotechnology executives in planning and executing successful portfolio strategies and brand launches by evaluating key business questions and unique strategies to unlock the full potential of each organization served. Her experience in the pharmaceutical industry includes multiple instrumental roles, including Vice President, Neurodegenerative Disease and Psychiatry at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries; Senior Director, Global Brand Lead, Rexulti, at Otsuka America Pharmaceutical; and Senior Director, Global Brand Lead and Sales Director in multiple therapeutic areas, including Psychiatry, at Eli Lilly and Company. Ms. Cunningham holds a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
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